The Role of Local Leadership in Creating Sustainable Homes: A panel debate from the experts - London

A joint event from The Green Register and UK-GBC, working in partnership with Pollard Thomas Edwards.

The Green Register and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) have joined forces to hold a panel discussion to examine the issues raised in UK-GBC’s recent Green Paper on The Role of Local Leadership in Creating Sustainable Homes, designed to stimulate consultation and debate by the public sector and industry. The purpose of the paper is to consider how, in the context of an uncertain national policy landscape, local authorities can work with industry to raise sustainability standards in new build homes.

The paper challenges the widespread perception that little or nothing can be done by local authorities in the current political climate. Working with progressive developers, it highlights how local government can play a leadership role in delivering sustainability in the built environment. It also explores the potential for cities to take new powers to address sustainability in the built environment through their devolution deals.

The paper considers:

  • what city, combined and local authorities can do to raise standards using their current planning powers

  • how they can proactively use their role as landowners
  • how they could engage with the devolution agenda

Four expert construction professionals will speak on the subject followed by an open debate with panelists and delegates.

The event opens with UK-GBC’s Jo Wheeler, co-author of the Green Paper, outlining UK-GBC’s thoughts on the role of local leadership in delivering higher standards of sustainability in new homes and communities.

Tom Dollard, architect and head of Sustainable Design at Pollard Thomas Edwards architects will then describe how architects can work with local authorities to deliver high quality sustainable homes.

Emma Davies, Senior Sustainability officer (design and construction) at Cambridge City Council follows to describe the council’s approach to delivering sustainable homes despite a lack of direction from central government, focusing on the adoption of design and sustainable construction guidance for new council housing and development on Council owned land.

Miles Lewis of developer Lendlease will explore Lendlease’s internal sustainability standards and how they’ve been applied to real life projects.


17.00  Registration and networking

17.20  Jo Wheeler, UKGBC

17.35  Tom Dollard, PTE architects

17.50  Emma Davies, Cambridge City Council

18.05  Miles Lewis, Lendlease

18.20  Open discussion

19.00  Close

Speaker Profiles

Emma Davies works for Cambridge City Council as Senior Sustainability Officer (Design and Construction), which involves helping to deliver environmentally sustainable development through the promotion and application of sustainable construction practice in new private and public developments within the City. In recent years, Emma has developed an interest in integrating climate change adaptation measures into new development, and is also a member of the Local Adaptation Advisory Panel Steering Group, which provides advice to Government on the role of local authorities in delivering climate change adaptation as part of the National Adaptation Programme.  Emma is also a Director of the Good Homes Alliance. Originally from Swansea, Emma has an undergraduate degree in Geography and Archaeology from the University of Leicester, a Masters in Environmental Biology from Swansea University and an Urban and Regional Planning Masters from the University of Westminster.

Tom Dollard works across the practice and industry to ensure practical, sustainable and energy efficient design in his role as Head of Sustainable Design at Pollard Thomas Edwards. Tom has wide experience as an architect across all sectors but has specialised in low energy schools, housing and master planning.  He is a certified Passivhaus designer, BREEAM and code assessor and brings this expertise into his work to ensure low energy buildings that perform as designed.  His work for the Zero Carbon hub included leading the site review process for the performance gap project across 21 sites around the UK.  He has written the Zero Carbon Hub “builders book” and “services guide” to address workmanship on site and delivery of energy efficient homes. In 2013 he was voted one of Building Magazine’s rising stars in sustainability, and a rising star by the UK-GBC. He is on the steering group for The Green Register of Construction Professionals and has been instrumental in setting up their Bite-size Training sessions.

Miles Lewis is the Sustainability Manager across Lendlease’s European residential development portfolio and is responsible for implementing the targets of Lendlease’s Global Sustainability Framework on residential projects. Miles is involved from project inception by setting the sustainability goals of the development brief through to commencement of project delivery and facilitates the introduction of innovations and continued sustainability governance throughout the project lifecycle. Whilst managing Lendlease’s residential development portfolio, Miles is also Sustainability Manager on the ‘KGX1’ Google European HQ project at King’s Cross where Lendlease were recently confirmed as Principal Contractor. Miles’s role on KGX1 is to support the construction and procurement teams to achieve the project sustainability targets and to develop the project Sustainability Plan. Previous to holding these roles, Miles worked within Lendlease’s construction business and managed environmental sustainability across construction sites, encouraging best practice environmental management in delivery.

Jo Wheeler, Senior Sustainability Advisor, joined UK-GBC in 2008 after a stint working, studying and travelling overseas. Prior to this Jo worked at environmental charity WWF-UK for seven years on a number of briefs including toxic chemicals and responsible tourism before becoming Policy Officer for the ‘One Million Sustainable Homes’ Campaign in 2002. Jo holds a BA in English and an MSc in Development Planning, Environment and Sustainable Development from UCL. She has worked in the field of buildings and urban policy for over 15 years, both in the UK and internationally. Jo leads on UK-GBC’s work on new build homes and communities.

This event counts towards Green Register membership

This shorter training session is the same length as our Bite-Size sessions, designed to give concise training at a time to suit busy working professionals. Attend 6 sessions to qualify for membership. All sessions start at 16.45 for registration with training running 17.00 - 19.00.

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June 8th, 2017 4:45 PM   to   7:00 PM
Pollard Thomas Edwards
Diespeker Wharf
38 Graham Street
London, N1 8JX
United Kingdom

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TGR / UK-GBC Members £ 19.00
Non-Members £ 35.00

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