Delivering Sustainable Buildings will focus on the technical challenges of delivering low-carbon buildings cost-effectively

There are only two weeks to go until Building’s sustainability conference focusing on the efficient construction of low-energy buildings.

Delivering Sustainable Buildings takes place on 7 July at King’s Place in King’s Cross, London and will feature many of the speakers at Building’s online Sustainability Now event.

The conference can be booked at the for only £149.

Conference programme

09:30 Opening Keynote - The impact of Sustainability on Construction
Professor Roger Plank, University of Sheffield and president, Institution of Structural Engineers

09:45 An overview of the political and regulatory landscape for sustainable building and design

  • Exploring the regulatory drivers affecting design and construction
  • Optimising fabric and energy performance in buildings
  • Understanding CEN TC350 and the impact the European Standard will have on measuring the sustainability of buildings
  • Assessing future government intervention and what this means for the industry

Roger Pope, Roger Pope Associates

10:10 Design for Life

  • Long term aspects of design
  • Identifying sustainable value
  • Making informed material choices
  • Discussing design for diassembly

Chris Trott, sustainability engineer, partner, Foster and Partners

10:40 How to calculate whole life carbon

  • Measuring whole life carbon, what to include and how to measure it
  • Effectively utilising EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations)
  • Balancing embodied and operational carbon through factoring carbon into everything we do

Craig Jones, expert in embodied carbon, Sustain

11:05 Morning refreshments

11.35 Case studies: Putting carbon accounting into practice

  • Applying LCA and carbon footprinting methods to the measurement and improvement of materials, building systems, constructed assets, and regional developments
  • Overcoming the challenges and understanding how carbon footprinting can be used to minimise the climate change impacts of our designs
  • Influencing design, specification and construction process

Dr Kristian Steele, sustainability consultant, Arup

12.00 Panel Debate: Making sensible whole life decisions

  • Challenging the industry barriers to build a sustainable future

Chris Trott, sustainability engineer, partner, Foster and Partners
Craig Jones, expert in embodied carbon, Sustain
Dr Kristian Steele, senior consultant, Arup Materials

12:25 Lunch

13:25 Target Zero project overview
Dr David Moore, director of engineering, BCSA

13:35 Operational energy in low carbon buildings

  • Simplified Building Energy Model
  • Dynamic thermal modelling
  • Well insulated air tight building envelope
  • HVAC systems and controls

Ant Wilson, director, AECOM

14:00 The role of the building envelope/fabric in delivering low/zero carbon building

  • Changing the building envelope function to one of active generation, storage and dissipation in combination with building services and control
  • How renewable energy generation technologies become integrated within the envelope
  • Examining how to release the renewable energy in order to match demand with supply and optimise overall consumption

Daniel Pillai, director, Sustainable Building Envelope Centre (SBEC)

14:20 Can you afford a BREEAM Outstanding?

  • Cost-effective routes to Excellent and Outstanding
  • The impact of design decisions and site factors
  • The best approach to achieving high ratings

David Cheshire, sustainability consultant, AECOM

14:40 Afternoon refreshments

15:05 Case study: 7 More London

  • Understanding how you can replicate the success of 7 More London Project
  • Achieving BREEAM Outstanding: Hear challenges and lessons learnt along the way
  • Exploring the true cost of sustainability

Mike Jelliffe, partner, Foster and Partners

15.35 Managing the embodied carbon of projects

  • Guidance on reduction of embodied carbon
  • Carbon footprint calculations
  • Findings of the Target Zero study

Michael Sansom, associate director of sustainability, SCI

15:55 Case Study: The Hauser Forum, Cambridge University

  • Single site, two clients, two buildings - how different client expectations drove a range of environmental strategies

Dominic Bettison, director, Wilkinson Eyre

16:20 Panel Discussion: Delivering sustainable cost effective building

  • Exploring the challenges of budget for sustainable projects
  • Exploring the issues and possible controversy with BREEAM and the tick box approach
  • Stripping away the hype and the gadgets, ensuring that sustainable buildings meet the needs of the occupier

Ant Wilson, director, AECOM
Mike Jelliffe, partner, Foster and Partners
Dominic Bettison, Wilkinson Eyre
Professor Roger Plank, University of Sheffield and president, Institution of Structural Engineers

16:50 Chairs closing comments

17:00 Close of conference