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Designed to Perform – design guidance on better performing homes – Online

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How do we ensure sustainable buildings perform as intended?

A new seminar to help you deliver better energy performance in all types of new build homes.

About this event

The performance gap between predicted and actual energy use in new homes has been identified as a key problem by government and industry experts.  

Join trainer Tom Dollard, Partner - Sustainability and Innovation at Pollard Thomas Edwards, for this live online seminar inspired by his new book Designed to Perform: an Illustrated Guide to Delivering Energy Efficient Homes.

Tom presents the updated edition, an illustrated practical design guide to delivering better energy performance in all types of new build homes. It introduces readers to the concept of the performance gap and highlights clear issues and solutions to help architects improve their detailing at design stage.

The book features annotated details with photos taken from live construction sites, and includes accessible practical guidance for busy practitioners.  Tom highlights how to boost the construction quality and performance of new homes and he promotes the case for more architect supervision throughout the construction process.  A new chapter features innovative, low-carbon building methods, including hempcrete blocks, clay blocks and straw bales. 

A copy of the book is included in the session price.  


Members (£22.50 training fee + £24 book) = £46.50 / Non-Members (£30 training fee + £24 book) = £54
If you already have the book, or do not wish to purchase it at this time, please select the "no book" option at checkout

The above fee includes a copy of the book at a 20% discounted rate.

About the trainer

Tom Dollard, Partner - Sustainability and Innovation BArch DipArch ARB RIBA, Pollard Thomas Edwards

As partner of sustainability and innovation, Tom leads PTE’s ever-evolving zero carbon culture providing project teams with training, support and inspiration. He is focused on practical, implementable solutions that ensure a building’s in-use energy performance matches the design intent.

Tom is a director of the Good Homes Alliance, a member of the CIBSE homes for the future group and has been part of various publications and research projects for Government and industry to help increase supply of low carbon homes. He is a certified Passivhaus Designer, BREEAM Accredited Professional.

His work for the Zero Carbon Hub and Building for 2050 has helped address the performance gap in the delivery of energy efficient homes. A second printing of Tom’s best-selling 2018 book for RIBA, “Designed to Perform: An illustrated guide to delivering energy efficient homes” will be published in 2022.

Tom is on the steering group for the Green Register of Construction Professionals and was instrumental in setting up their Bite-size Training sessions.


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26/04/2023 from 16:00 to 17:30
Online Training
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Members including book £46.50
Members no book £22.50
Non-Members including book £54.00
Non-Members no book £30.00
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