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Talks and lectures

RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge: A client's perspective

RIBA has developed the 2030 Climate Challenge to help architects meet net zero (or better) whole life carbon for new and retrofitted buildings by 2030. In this event, chaired by John Boughton, we bring you speakers offering their expertise and insight on the RIBA targets and working across the industry and an opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

RIBA has developed the 2030 Climate Challenge to help architects meet net zero (or better) whole life carbon for new and retrofitted buildings by 2030. It sets a series of targets for architectural practices to adopt to reduce operational energy, embodied carbon and potable water.

Over 120 RIBA Chartered Practices have signed up to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge, though clients and contractors have a key role in seeking sustainable ambitions beyond just the building regulation standards in order that the climate declarations and local authority targets can be achieved.

In this event, chaired by John Boughton, Deputy Managing Director at Willmott Dixon, we bring you speakers offering their expertise and insight on the RIBA targets and working across the industry before we give you the opportunity to ask your questions of the panel.

Chair of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group Gary Clark will talk through the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge, outlining the key metrics and principals. Managing Director of Exeter City Living Emma Osmundsen and architect Tomas Gaertner of SE3 Design will present Exeter’s city centre Passivhaus homes being built by the Exeter City Council owned developer. Tara Gbolade of Gbolade Design Studio will talk about the development and implementation of the Sustainability strategies for the government-designated Harlow & Gilston Garden Town. Regional director of AHR architects Adam Spall will talk through the multiple RIBA South West Award 2019 winning UK Hydrographic Office at Taunton.

Speakers

John Boughton, Deputy Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Wales and West

John has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, having successfully delivered projects across all sectors in Wales and the South West. He has been instrumental in Willmott Dixon’s growth in the region, helping it grow to the £180m business it is today.

John is an outstanding leader with a commitment to promoting diversity both within Willmott Dixon and the wider built environment. He has a strong interest in understanding social change, and the impact it has on our day to day lives.

John holds a first-class honours degree in construction management and has a strong interest in collaboration, relationships and innovation across the built environment.

Gary Clark, RIBA Sustainable Futures Group and Regional Leader of Science + Technology, HOK

Gary is the regional leader of the HOK’s Science + Technology practice covering the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. Based in HOK’s London studio, he brings more than 30 years of experience designing high-performance buildings across multiple sectors, with a focus on spaces that foster collaboration and engagement. He is chair of RIBA Sustainable Futures Group and has helped shape the organisation’s official policy and guidance on energy-efficient buildings and resilient design. He was the lead author of the RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide.

Tara Gbolade, Co-founder, Gbolade Design Studio

Tara is co-founder of award-winning Gbolade Design Studio and a winner of the RIBAJ Rising Star Award. Her practice specialises in residential and mixed-use developments for public and private sector clients in urban and sub-urban settings, through insight-led place-making.

Tara works with local authorities including Epping Forest DC, Purley Regeneration Area (Croydon), and the government-designated Harlow & Gilston Garden Town, where she leads the development and implementation of their sustainability strategies, setting the direction for the environmental and socioeconomic sustainability ambitions, and ensuring that high quality sustainable design is embedded within new residential developments, and the regeneration of existing communities.

Emma Osmundsen, Managing Director, Exeter City Living

Emma has over 25 years’ experience in property, construction and development consultancy across private, public and charitable sectors. A proven leader of project teams and successful delivery of complex and challenging developments, she is a champion of low energy and healthy design and has been instrumental in the delivery and promotion of Passivhaus and Building Biology in the UK. Emma is a Trustee of the UK Passivhaus Trust and a Non-Executive Director of Constructing Excellence South West (CESW).

Adam Spall, Regional Director, AHR Architects

Adam’s project experience spans across multiple sectors with an emphasis on sustainable office design, education buildings and leisure facilities. His projects include the award winning Keynsham Civic Centre for Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Adam believes in managing the client engagement process and ensuring the highest quality of design through innovative problem solving to produce efficient and original design solutions.

His projects have won several major awards including RIBA, RICS, Civic Trust and BCO awards for design quality and sustainability.

Brought to you by RIBA South West and Constructing Excellence South West.