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ENE Series: Session 6 Delivering affordable net-zero homes – while retaining high quality in design, comfort and usability

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This event is part of the ‘Delivering Affordable Net-Zero Housing’ series of 8 webinars run in conjunction with the Eastern New Energy project. The series focuses on the nitty gritty details of what is working and what it costs to meet the net-zero challenge.

Register for each event individually or book the whole series to get a substantial discount - scroll down for all dates in the series.

Current and future housing needs will require both net-zero and affordability; as well as excellence in design and faster programmes. We know further regulation and the expansion of MMC are coming, and we know step-change is necessary. But many teams are locked into a traditional way of doing things – much of which is slow, expensive and not practical at net-zero levels.

This step-change must not compromise quality of design, aesthetic, comfort, or usability (including flexibility and adaptability). Indeed many of these are felt to be compromised by current poor standards of housing delivery - so we need a new way but also a BETTER way… not just a functionally efficient, cost-effective way; and “not just beautiful design at unaffordable construction cost”.

This two-hour online session will cover:

  • Creating change – the meeting of minds and processes of Design Teams to achieve traditional architectural design quality forged with modern methods and processes
  • Demonstrating early collaboration with MMC specialists
  • Identifying and addressing the key challenges and barriers to combining traditional and modern methods of working and achieving successful outcomes
  • Re-writing the project design journey and work stages
  • How defining and calculating comfort and usability integrates them into metrics for quality and success
  • Sharing lessons learned in case study projects

Julia Bennett , Low Carbon Architect and Green Register Trainer, will host the session. She will be joined by three architects with specialist experience of designing and delivering projects within these constraints:

  • Lizzy Westmacott - ECD Architects
  • EK Architects, speaker TBC
  • Helen McGregor - McGregor White Architects

This live and interactive session will have Q&A breaks to allow participants to ask questions of the speakers.


16:00 Start and Introduction – Julia Bennett, Low Carbon Architect and Green Register Trainer
16:10 Recap - the different definitions of net-zero in construction, who is using them and how these will drive briefs and specifications
16:15 Overview - Julia Bennett, Low Carbon Architect and Green Register Trainer
16:20 Lizzy Westmacott, ECD Architects
16:45 Q&A
16:55 EKA Architects, speaker TBC
17:20 Q&A
17:30 Helen McGregor, McGregor White Architects
17:50 Panel Q&A
18:00 Close

All events in this series

Can be booked as a series or individually:

1. Defining, measuring and evidencing net-zero performance - Thursday 8 Sept,16:00-18:00, Live online
2. How do we make net-zero homes affordable? - Thursday 22 Sept, 16:00-18:00, Live online
4. Energy system solutions for affordable net-zero housing - Monday 17 Oct, 16:00-18:00, Live online


  • TGR members:  £30 per session // £150 for all 8 sessions (save £90)
  • Standard non-member rate:  £40 per session // £200 for all 8 sessions (save £120) 

Attendance will make you eligible for Green Register membership

This event is held in conjunction with:

The ENE project is funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. For more information visit

November 16th, 2022 16:00 through 18:00
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