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2017 City CPD Club - 27 September 2017, Wiltshire
Talks and lectures

2017 City CPD Club - Wiltshire

​A programme of RIBA Core Curriculum seminars to help meet your CPD requirements Cornwall and Wiltshire

Rules of thumb for low energy architecture
Based on Huw Heywood’s first book, 101 rules of thumb for low energy architecture, the seminar will focus on how to design buildings which use little or no energy in their operation, wherever they happen to be on the planet. It aims to provide delegates with two things:

  • An understanding of the universal rules of nature which govern the way buildings respond to their environment, and
  • Specific low energy use, rule of thumb solutions for new buildings or for retrofitting existing buildings and interior spaces.
    The rules of thumb are about the fundamentals of energy efficiency in both urban and rural environments. Using explanatory diagrams and case studies, the seminar will consider the key variables of passive design – sun, wind, light, water, mass, insulation, form and shelter. In short exercises and workshops, the key formulae behind the rules will also be explained: no complex maths, just intuition needed.

From the factors influencing human thermal comfort, to the climate considerations the designer needs to know, to solar geometry, to simple rules for achieving energy reducing levels of daylight and ventilation, and basic sizing rules for sunspaces and thermal mass, the seminar will consider low energy use from all possible angles. The speaker will also take a look into the future of low energy buildings and their relationship with those who occupy them.

Huw Heywood RIBA FHEA
Huw is an architect with over 25 years’ experience in practice and teaching internationally. He has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, most recently as Principal Lecturer at Portsmouth School of Architecture, where his particular teaching and research focus was environmental and sustainable design. Huw is the author of two books published by RIBA Publishing and his current research interests include sustainable, low energy-use rural retrofit.

Permitted development change of use: opportunities and pitfalls
The Government has recently increased the categories of permitted changes of use and is committed to expanding the list. Applications for prior approval are at a record level and practitioners will increasingly be instructed to advise clients on the available rights. The 2015 Order is technically demanding and requires applicants and authorities to make subjective assessments.

This seminar is above all a practical examination of the subject which will take delegates from the first client meeting and taking initial instructions, on to making and managing the application, through to completing the project.

The first part of the talk will be an overview of the legal provisions as they apply generally to all types of permitted development for change of use and procedural issues that are common to all.

  • The 2015 Order: available and future change of use rights
  • Removal of PD rights by the Order, by condition and Article 4 Direction
  • Forfeiture of PD rights by the owner
  • Preparing the prior approval application
  • Determination by the LPA
  • Implementing the change of use
  • Applying the 56-day rule.


The second part will look in some detail at the particular subject of change of use of agricultural buildings to dwellings and how to approach matters of design to take advantage of the permitted development for building works.

The talk will be illustrated by real-life examples of applications and appeals using photos, application plans and drawings from successful and unsuccessful applications.

Graham Gover LARTPI + Local planning officer in each location to give a local overview Graham is a solicitor with over 25 years’ practical planning experience acting for both developers and planning authorities, and has gained an excellent reputation for preparing and presenting seminars that are practical and instructive as well as entertaining. His audience includes architects, planning consultants, planning officers, solicitors, surveyors and agricultural consultants. Graham is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Member of the Law Society’s Planning Panel.

2017RIBACityCPDClubBookletpdf