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Green house: how to design a truly resilient home beyond solar panels
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Green house: how to design a truly resilient home beyond solar panels

​Despite the Government’s recent removal of many sustainable building standards, there is a greater need than ever to construct low impact, resilient buildings, in order to minimise their effect on climate change. This seminar will demonstrate how to design future proof homes in a truly holistic and sustainable way.

In a matter of months, the government has disbanded the Zero Carbon Hub, withdrawn the Code for Sustainable Homes, abandoned the zero carbon target for new homes by 2016, postponed the revisions to Part L and by all accounts, effectively scrapped the 2019 zero carbon target for non-domestic buildings. But one thing has not gone away: Climate Change. If anything, the need to design low impact, resilient buildings is even greater as carbon emissions continue to increase globally.

Rather than dwelling on these gloomy facts, this presentation will illustrate the exciting opportunities in designing new future proofed low impact homes that are also well-designed.

Using the RIBA Plan of Work as a structure, the seminar will cover client briefing through design development to completion and post occupation. At each stage there will be analysis of what an architect can do to improve the environmental impact of the building and minimize the performance gap. There will also be an overview of assessment standards such as passive house and LEED and other aspects of sustainable buildings such as the life cycle and specification of building materials, thermal comfort, ventilation and overheating will also be covered.

In a breakout session, delegates will be presented with some information to assess according to their sustainable benefits, followed by an open debate on the realities of achieving truly sustainable homes.

Speaker: Lucy Pedler, The Green Register
Lucy has over 30 years of professional expertise in sustainable building practices and has worked as a Product Specialist and Seminar Coordinator at the UK’s first Ecological Building Centre for five years. Lucy set up The Green Register (TGR) in 2000 to raise awareness of sustainable built environment. TGR is a nation-wide, not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable building practices to all disciplines of the construction industry. In 1999, Lucy started her own sustainable architecture practice designing low impact buildings and in 2005, Lucy and Paul McWilliams started develeco Ltd, transforming older properties into sustainable, beautiful buildings fit for 21st century living.

Core Curriculum topics
1. Climate
2. Designing and building it

Tickets
Non-member - £106.80 (£89 + VAT)
Student member - £18 (£15 + VAT)
Member - £74.40 (£62 + VAT)

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