Twilight Talk - Empty Homes to Cosy Homes - Online

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The fourth in our FREE Twilight Talk series of events

Twilight Talks

The Green Register's early evening talks supported by Ecomerchant: together promoting ethical, healthy sustainable building materials

The Green Register has proudly launched a new series of events for Autumn 2021. On the second Monday of each month, we’ll be running Twilight Talks - a relaxed and informal string of events on sustainable building matters to complement our regular training topics. Each one-hour event will be FREE of charge and feature short talks from one or more speakers. With Q&A and discussion sessions throughout, everyone is invited to be part of the conversation. We’ll be holding Twilight talks at 5-6pm, in the sweet spot between work and dinner – so join us to nourish the mind before replenishing the body!

Empty Homes to Cosy Homes - how to turn underused properties into affordable and sustainable homes for those most in need

The Green Register’s Twilight Talk series continues with an end of year discussion to explore how empty properties in the UK could be brought back into use for sustainable, low income housing.

Our main speakers will be from Habitat for Humanity Great Britain who will explain their “Empty Spaces to Homes” programme - the transformation of empty spaces into decent and affordable homes.

Speaker David Clare of Habitat for Humanity Great Britain will focus on the challenges of integrating sound environmental approaches to renovation and retrofit, whilst also achieving social value and outcomes… all within a constrained budget!

HFHGB have built up a deep working knowledge of renovation through their “Empty Spaces to Homes” programme, and more recent collaboration with The Green Register is providing very timely expertise to inform HFHGB’s working practices and apply ‘real world’ green retrofit principles to their conversion projects. These projects create homes for vulnerable groups in need of ‘move-on’ accommodation following institutional care. These projects become good-quality, secure and life-changing homes for these individuals and families.

David will be joined by Christopher Kerr from DJB Law who are one of HFHGB's Coalition partners on the “Empty Spaces to Homes” Campaign. They will be talking about the reason why they decided to join the "Empty Spaces to Homes" Coalition and their work in assisting with the development of a Toolkit that will enable many and varied organisations to adopt the systems and processes used within these conversion projects to assist those in real need of decent and affordable housing.

At the end of the event, we will hear from Katie Chedgey from HFHGB who will let us know about their Gingerbread House Challenge and to finish up there will be a prize draw for one lucky delegate to win some delicious festive gingerbread.


The format of Twilight Talks is an hour of presentations, followed by 30 mins of questions, discussion, networking and informal chat.

  • 5-6pm: Presentations
  • 6-6.30pm: Q&A, Discussion, Networking

About the Speakers

David Clare – Habitat for Humanity Great Britain

David is an experienced chartered architect with over 20 years design and project management experience in private, commercial and voluntary sectors. He worked for 12 years at Haskoll Architects & Designers on a wide range of mixed-use projects, often with retail as the main commercial driver. David has been working with Habitat for Humanity in London since 2011, in a strategic Business Development role, focussed on increasing the projects, network and partnerships delivering innovative affordable housing solutions, and other community-led initiatives.


Christopher Kerr – Davitt Jones Bould (DJB)
Christopher is an Executive at the national law firm Davitt Jones Bould (DJB).  DJB is a specialist real estate law firm with a large team of Solicitors who average over 20 years’ experience of working in city law firms and in-house roles.  They have advised on some of the UK’s most famous landmarks including 10 Downing Street, House of Lords, Admiralty Arch, Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade.  Chris is also a pro-bono consultant to numerous non-profit organisations across the UK, specialising in crisis leadership and he is a Columnist for the international men’s publication Sorted Magazine.


Twilight Talks are supported by Ecomerchant.

December 13th, 2021 5:00 PM through  6:30 PM
Online Training
United Kingdom