The Biodiversity Crisis and the Built Environment - Online

The Green Register with Good Homes Alliance presents a 2.5 hour seminar on this critical issue for consideration in planning, designing and building in greater harmony with our natural environment.

In the early weeks of the recent lockdown, there were numerous reports of wildlife moving back into our usually busy villages, towns and cities and many people told of how they felt re-connected to nature. More than ever, there will be demands that we plan, design and build developments where people and the natural world can thrive together.

The seminar will:

  • Set out strategy and policy for construction with respect to biodiversity
  • Explore design considerations and standards to build better for people and wildlife
  • Showcase case studies for ecological success in the built environment
  • Provide delegates with the tools to create their own action plan


Part 1
9:00       Welcome from the Chair – Mike Roberts, Good Homes Alliance and Vertigo Regenerative Development Consultants 

Strategic overview
9:10       Strategic overview by Melanie Hughes, Sustainable Development Programme Director, Natural England
9.30        Declaring an ecological emergency in Bristol – Ian Barrett, Chief Executive, Avon Wildlife Trust
9:50     Integrating green infrastructure within building developments: An introduction to the Building with Nature standard – Professor Peter Madden, Chair, Building with Nature

10:10    Break

Part 2 – Implementation
10:20       Building design and specifications for enhanced biodiversity – Brian Murphy, Director, Green Building Encyclopaedia
10.40    Stacey Cougill, Director, Eight Associates – Case studies 
11.00     Panel discussion, audience discussion, final Q&A
11:30   Close

Who is this session for?

All built environment professionals, including:

  • Planners
  • Architects
  • Landscape Architects
  • Developers
  • Ecologists
  • Public Health Practitioners

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The Speakers

Mike Roberts

Melanie Hughes, Natural England

Ian Barrett, Avon Wildlife Trust

Professor Peter Madden, Building with Nature

Professor Peter Madden, OBE, is Chair of Building with Nature, Professor of Practice in City Futures at Cardiff University, Founder Director of Ecovivid, and sits on the Boards of the Crown Estate and Bristol Energy, and the Advisory Boards of Igloo Regeneration and Trane Technologies. Previously he was CEO of Future Cities Catapult, of Forum for the Future, and of Green Alliance.

Brian Murphy, Green Building Encyclopaedia

Stacey Cougill, Eight Associates

Event ran in Partnership with:


September 15th, 2020 9:00 AM   through   11:30 AM
Online Training
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Member (TGR / Good Homes Alliance) £ 25.00
Non-Member £ 35.00

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