Webinar Series:
The Fundamentals of Sustainable Buildings

In this monthly webinar series, you find all you need to know about The Fundamentals of Sustainable Buildings. With the range of topics on offer, our experts will guide you through the latest sustainability trends in the built environment and how to overcome typical challenges faced in this ever-changing space.

Whether you are accountable for the planning, construction or operation stage of a building these webinars are designed to factor in the holistic approach so that your project can achieve it’s sustainability goals.

See below for the full webinar programme. You can book multiple sessions by selecting from the dropdown menu.

Unlocking BREEAM for ESG in the Real Estate Sector

Thursday  23 June 2022, 13:00 – 14:00

How can a BREEAM certificate give ESG investors and lenders more confidence in real estate projects? Buildings are becoming increasingly reliant on green finance, however, investment is heavily dependent on credible sustainability data.

Nuno Brito e Cunha, Head of ESG & Sustainable Finance
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Becky Armstrong, Associate

In this session you will learn:

  • An overview of the BREEAM rating system and the required categories and scoring system
  • Fundamentals of ESG in real estate and how to pursue the correct framework for implementation
  • Why it’s vital to include credible certification in your building’s portfolio

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A Shift to Credibility: Certify Your Buildings as Net Zero

Direct building CO2 emissions need to halve by 2030 to get on track for a Net Zero building stock by 2050. That means that by 2025 all new buildings will need to be designed to meet Net Zero.

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Chris Hocknell, Director

With this recording you will learn:

  • The difference between Net Zero in construction and operation
  • What’s included in sufficiently measuring each of these areas
  • The typical challenges buildings face on their pathway to Net Zero
  • How you can overcome these issues and confidently reach your sustainability goals

WELL Performance Testing: Putting Wellbeing at the Heart of Your Building

Wellbeing is increasingly becoming a critical factor in the quality of a building’s performance. An occupant’s health and wellbeing is an important criteria for developers, landlords and employers, and as such the interest in WELL certification is growing.

Gregory Day, Senior Sustainability Consultant

 A key part of the WELL Building Standard, which sets it apart from other rating systems, is the mandatory performance testing which must occur at completion.

In this session you will learn:

  • How WELL performance verification testing works
  • The value of undertaking pre-testing to prepare
  • Our top tips for successful testing and how to de-risk your building from non compliances
  • Case studies showing what type of data is collected and how this can improve the building performance

Planning for Sustainability: Joining the Many Dots

Demonstrating compliance with planning authorities’ sustainability requirements is becoming increasingly complex; Whole Life Carbon, Net Zero, Circularity Studies, Biodiversity Net Gain, Protected Species surveys, Sustainable Drainage, Air Quality Assessments, Overheating, Water Conservation, Daylight Impacts, Noise Assessment and Climate Resilience, to name the big tickets items. 

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Chris Hocknell, Director

Navigating this policy landscape and integrating the outputs of technical specialists can be a challenge for even the most seasoned planner.

This webinar will first show how to navigate through all the sustainability policies to ensure you don’t extend your application process, and second, it will show you how to align the technical outputs to eliminate a drawn-out approval process with your planning officers, who are the ones trying to make sense of all these outputs.

We will draw upon our years of multi-disciplinary sustainability experience to join all of the dots and bring it together into a cohesive and compelling picture for any application.

Learning outcomes:

  • Why now is the pivotal time to include an LCA in your buildings
  • What needs to be included in a Building LCA from resource extraction and manufacturing, through to use phases and end-of-life scenarios
  • The latest regulation and compliance considerations to confidently deliver a credible LCA
  • How you can make the most of certifying your efforts and communicating the positive impacts

Reducing Your Building’s Footprint with Life Cycle Assessments

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool to evaluate the environmental impacts of a product or material from across its entire life span. Building LCA is no different; however, it combines the total impact coming from the supply chain of the construction products its made from.

Daniel Doran, Building LCA Manager

In this session you will learn:

  • Why now is the pivotal time to include an LCA in your buildings
  • What needs to be included in a Building LCA from resource extraction and manufacturing, through to use phases and end-of-life scenarios
  • The latest regulation and compliance considerations to confidently deliver a credible LCA
  • How you can make the most of certifying your efforts and communicating the positive impacts