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RIBA North East: Sustainability mastermind - Working towards a Passivhaus Overlay

Join our sustainability forum for our next sustainability mastermind session. This event will be led by Mark Siddall from LEAP who will walk you through, and seek feedback on, the Passivhaus Overlay for the RIBA Plan of Work.

Join our sustainability forum on 8 December for this sustainability mastermind event, led by Mark Siddall from LEAP who will walk you through, and seek feedback on, the Passivhaus Overlay for the RIBA Plan of Work.

You will also have the opportunity to watch case study videos about some of his recent projects.

Mark Siddall

As one of the pioneers that brought Passivhaus to the UK shores Mark is the most experienced Passivhaus Architect in North-East England. He is Director of Architecture and Research at Durham based LEAP, the Lovingly Engineered Architectural Practice. A champion of best practice and the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge, he is also co-chair of the RIBA North East Sustainable Futures Forum, a trustee of the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) and a technical advisor for the Passivhaus Trust.

What is the sustainability mastermind?

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.

2) Challenges: Together we will engage with the RIBA 2030 Challenge head-on. We will 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, and 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, that’s 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 aware that you can’t master them all. The sustainability mastermind helps you fill the gaps by strengthening those underdeveloped areas.

5) Practice: With your practice’s approval, you bring a project, part of a project, or even just a construction detail to the mastermind. You set out the context, where you are right now and where you’d like to go. No scheme is too big, and no detail is too small – the mastermind is here to help.

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 peer review at this session then please get in touch with us in advance.