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Towards Zero Carbon 2012-2016: A Turning Point in Building and Masterplan Design

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Abstract:

Climate change has started to influence the design of buildings and masterplans for a number of years now. Improvements over building regulations requirements, Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM assessments and renewable energy technologies are now common, particularly in London. Due to increased pressure from building regulations, planning policy, Corporate Social Responsibility drivers as well as the ability to rely on better skills across the construction industry, the four years ahead of us (2012-­‐2016) are likely to see this trend continue.

The purpose of this talk is to discuss whether the way buildings and masterplans are designed will significantly change over this period in order to meet the requirements of the Low/Zero Carbon Agenda. The speakers will explain, through case studies, how the carbon agenda has been delivered since 2005 and discuss the main issues over the next 4 years and beyond, in particular:

  • Ever increasing energy efficiency standards
  • Low carbon heat and decentralized electricity generation
  • What are the large-­‐scale renewable energy solutions likely to be available in the short/medium term
  • Improvements of existing homes: will the Green Deal be enough?
  • Will value associated with environmental ratings generate more investment? The talk will consist of a 40-­‐minute presentation followed by Q&A.

Speakers:

Thomas Lefevre – Director – Etude – http://www.etude.co.uk CEng MEI M Sc Ing ENSAIS BREEAM AP Certified PassivHaus Designer

Thomas is a Sustainability and Building Services Engineer. He has over 12 years experience in environmental engineering and sustainable design and has worked in the UK and abroad, in architectural and engineering firms, for a wide range of sectors including residential, offices, retail and universities. Thomas has led sustainability strategies for a number of major clients in London, including British Land, Workspace Group, Heron International and King’s College. He is specialised in sustainability and planning and has extensive experience in this field. He believes that a close collaboration with the architect and a holistic design process lead to sustainable design solutions.

Tom Dollard – Architect and Head of Sustainable Design – PTEa – http://www.ptea.co.uk ARB , RIBA, PgDip Sustainability, BREEAM AP

Tom has been Head of Sustainable Design at PTEa since 2011, prior to this acting as project architect on a number of housing and education projects. He champions simple, practical, energy efficient design across all PTEa’s projects. Tom’s previous experience includes leading Team Green at Edward Cullinan Architects, where he worked as both an Architect, masterplanning a new zero carbon town of 10,000 dwellings, delivering Bristol Harbourside housing, and a sustainability consultant on the Maggie’s Centre, Newcastle.

Dr Julie Godefroy – Executive Sustainability Consultant – Hoare Lea – http://www.hoarelea.com – CEng, MEng (France), MSc, PhD, MEI

Julie has been involved in a variety of projects within the Sustainability Group, both in the UK and abroad, and ranging from the early masterplanning stages to the occupancy and building management stages. She has particular experience in low carbon and sustainability strategies, refurbishments and heritage buildings, post-occupancy evaluation, and Energy Services (ESCO) procurement. She has worked in most sectors, including residences, higher education, and hotels. She is a BREEAM AP and registered assessor for BREEAM Retail, Bespoke, and International. She is on the Soft Landings User Group.

This talk is part of the Sustainability in the Built Environment (GreenBRIDGE) series.

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