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Workshops

North East Sustainability Mastermind: Large scale Passivhaus housing developments

Join us for our next Sustainability Mastermind session to discuss the challenges of delivering large scale Passivhaus housing developments.

A client’s perspective - large scale Passivhaus housing developments

An increasing number of clients are understanding the advantages of the Passivhaus Standard to deliver reliable, comfortable and energy-efficient housing. There are already 1,500 certified Passivhaus units in the UK and more than 6,000 under development. Passivhaus is no longer the reserve of self-builders, it is now being delivered at scale.

This forum will bring together a range of clients who are involved with low carbon homes to discuss the challenges of delivering large scale Passivhaus housing developments. Short presentations will be followed by a panel Q&A discussion.

Confirmed speakers

  • Neil Murphy, Town
  • Lisa Otter, York City Council
  • Mark Siddall, LEAP
  • Adam Vaughan, JDDK Architects
  • Sarah Lewis - Passivhaus Trust

There are (at least) five ways you can benefit from the Sustainability Mastermind:

  1. Community
    Through the Sustainability Mastermind you get the opportunity to be a part of a community with shared goals. To this end you’ll have the chance to create new relationships and new friendships. Who knows where that can lead…
  2. Challenge
    Together we engage head on with the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge. We discuss how it can be applied to your project, whether or not you expect to address all criteria, and we help each other prepare for the RIBA Awards by addressing technical queries or agreeing on common understandings.
  3. Learning
    We all start somewhere, so the Sustainability Mastermind recognises that not everyone has a project they want to share, or the expertise to contribute. If you want to sit on the sidelines soaking up all the good ideas and developing new insights that you can apply in your work the next day, then that’s perfectly fine. The most important thing is that you are interested, stimulated and willing to engage.
  4. Development
    If you are already an expert in a specific field of sustainable design then you’ll be all too aware that you can’t master them all. The Sustainability Mastermind helps you fill the gaps by bolstering those underdeveloped areas.
  5. Practice
    With your practice’s blessing, you bring a project, or part of a project, to the mastermind. You set out the context, where you are right now and where you’d like to get to. No scheme is too big, and no detail is too small – the mastermind is here to help.

Then it’s over to the hive mind. Under the watchful eye of compères (Mark and Adam), participants have an opportunity to refine, reinforce and resolve the complex issues that you are trying to address.

These sessions will be held under the Chatham House rules. Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, or project may be revealed. This way everyone taking part can learn without risk.

The more you contribute the more you’ll get out of the experience. If you have a project in mind for this session then please get in touch with Mark Siddall or Adam Vaughan.

As an inter-architect and inter-practice event, the Sustainability Mastermind is a truly unique experience. We look forward to seeing you.