It's All in the Detail: Achieving best practice detailing for Eco-refurbishments.

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Free tour of ‘The World’s Greenest Building’ included!

Join us for a tour of the Coop Group’s new headquarters in central Manchester following the event.  Known as 'The World's Greenest Building'.  Further details below.  Strictly limited to the first 15 to book.

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All in the Detail:

Do you want to learn...

  • how to achieve stringent airtight standards in retrofits?
  • which is the best way of insulating an external wall - inside, outside or the bit in between?
  • how the design team and builders can effectively communicate to achieve best practice detailing?
  • what happens to moisture movement when adding wall or roof insulation?

Construction professionals (architects, surveyors and engineers) and builders sometimes have an uneasy relationship on site - each think they know best when it comes to detailing!

Achieving best practice for new buildings can be a straightforward process but when it comes to effective detailing for refurbishments - especially when aiming for well insulated, airtight and breathable solutions using low impact building materials - the outcome is sometimes less than satisfactory. This is due to many factors including existing conditions but more often than not it is a lack of communication between the architect/designer and the builder/contractor.

This cutting edge seminar offers delegates an opportunity to learn how to achieve best practice ‘green’ detailing on site from a wide range of experienced practitioners such as a builder, an architect and technical experts together with some academic research.

The presentations will include live demonstrations using full size construction mock ups to illustrate how to achieve very stringent airtightness standards and the installation of insulation and various membranes and will cover examples of difficult detailing such as at roof hips and valleys, dormers, window and door reveals.

There will also be videos of site practices that actually work, technical information on tried and tested building products and a presentation of research that compares internal, external and cavity wall insulation for retrofits and avoiding interstitial condensation.


The World's Greenest Building Tour:  (Strictly limited to 15 places)

Join us for a tour of The Co-operative Group's new headquarters at One Angel Square in central Manchester.

The £100m new office is one of the most sustainable large buildings in the world and is built to a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating.  It is powered by a biodiesel cogeneration plant using rapeseed oil to provide electricity and heat. The structure makes use of natural resources, maximising passive solar gain for heat and using natural ventilation through its double-skin facade, adiabatic cooling, rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, waste heat recycling and 300,000 square feet of exposed concrete that acts as a thermal sponge.

The building's distinctive form has been compared to a sliced egg and a ship. Its design was announced by architects 3DReid in May 2009 and construction began in July 2010 with a projected completion date in March 2013. In December 2012, the scheme surpassed its pan-European sustainability aims and achieved a world-record BREEAM score of 95.32%.

It is also an energy-plus building, producing surplus energy and zero carbon emissions. The building has received numerous awards for its striking aesthetic and sustainability aims.

The tour of the building will be followed by a Q&A session.

* Please note we will be walking between venues.  Please advise any accessibility requirements.


What did the delegates say about previous events on the same topic?

“Very good, very switched on, alive and useful from beginning to end”
“Extremely interesting presentation, and great to hear from a contractor so concerned about sustainable construction. His suggestions as to an architect’s approach to specifications and site visits were particularly useful.”
“Very useful, focused and relevant – I learnt a lot”
“What I particularly liked about the course was the practical level of detail which I could immediately take back and apply to projects I am currently working on – not many training events provide that level of detailed information.”


09.15    Registration
09.30    Achieving airtightness & controlling moisture control - Stephen Gurney, Ecological Building Systems
10.30    The WUFI software program - Valentina Marincioni, Natural Building Technologies
11.30    Refreshments 
11.50    Natural insulation and moisture control - Andrew Mitchell, Natural Building Technologies
12.45    Lunch
13.30    Best practice detailing from a builder's point of view: green detailing and practical insulation methods - Rafael Delimata, Bowtie Construction  
14.30    Best practice detailing from an architect's point of view: technical details, costs and value - Rafael Delimata, Bowtie Construction 
15.40    Depart for co-op tour (max 15 guests only)
16.00    Tour of 'The World's Greenest Building'
16.45    Close

Please note timings and speakers may be subject to change


Rafael Delimata, Director, Bowtie Construction
Stephen Gurney, Ecological Building Systems
Valentina Marincioni, KTP Associate at UCL working with NBT
Andrew Mitchell, Natural Building Technologies
Lucy Pedler, Director, The Green Register


Book 3 places at this event and get the 3rd place free. Book your places online as normal and we will deduct the cost of the 3rd place once your booking is received.


September 24th, 2014 9:00 AM   to   5:00 PM
Steelcase Solutions North West
Belvedere Building
Booth Street
Manchester, GTM M2 4AW
United Kingdom

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Event Fee(s)
Members £ 99.00
Non-Members £ 135.00

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