Low-Carbon Communities – Oct 30th 2018

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Low-Carbon Communities 2018
Connectedness, building, retrofitting and placemaking for sustainability

October 30th 2018, Saracen House, Glasgow

Sustainability is a crucial factor with the modern construction and planning processes when creating new or retrofitting existing homes, communities and infrastructure. This reflects a wider cultural prioritisation of low carbon, environmentally responsible credentials. The Scottish Government have already announced 1.75bn for social and affordable housing and a further 800m for Scotland’s retrofitting framework and this investment can lead to improvement and innovations which have a dramatic impact on connectedness, social, environmental and public health and wellbeing outcomes in new and existing communities with sustainable, high quality, safe and secure homes.

This conference will examine the incorporation of innovative, sustainable, low-carbon principles within the process of planning new communities, creating new buildings, the retrofitting of existing housing stock, changes in public policy, the evolution and innovation of design for both place and buildings, the creation of jobs and apprenticeships, the development of new communities and the progress towards Scotland’s housing targets.

Following on from previous events, this conference will bring together thought leaders from across Scotland and beyond to discuss the modernisation of construction and placemaking practices and explore how innovative solutions can be used to improve sustainability and deliver lasting value. The conference also represents a unique forum for knowledge exchange, open discussion and cross-sector engagement while presenting an opportunity for delegates to engage with buyers and suppliers.


The agenda for this event with confirmed speakers is below and will be updates on an ongoing basis and you can reserve your place using the link to the Events Registration page above.


Event agenda


9:20 Introduction from the Chair – Martin Valenti, Strategic Director, The Scottish Land Commission

9:30 Session 1: Reaching Scotland’s affordable housing and environmental targets

  • What constitutes a sustainable community? – Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect, Scottish Government
  • The role of retrofit – Lori McElroy, BRE Scotland and Retrofit Scotland
  • The importance of embracing new design and technologies – Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture and Design Scotland
  • Sharing best practice; The role of Glasgow’s canal in building a sustainable future for communities in North Glasgow – Duncan McLean, Associate Director of Landscape Architecture, LUC
  • Panel Q&A

11:05 Break

11:25 Session 2: Innovation and technology

  • Energy efficient technologies and materials – Dr Branka Dimitrijevic, FHEA, Professor of Architecture, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Special Projects and Operations, Research Impact Coordinator, Department of Architecture
    University of Strathclyde
  • Innovations within communities – Margaret Fraser, Regeneration Manager, ng homes
  • The role of energy supply – Chris Morris, Manager, Local Energy Scotland
  • Creating energy efficient transport links – Archie Stoddart, Transport Strategy Team Leader, Transport Scotland
  • Panel Q&A

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3: Funding, skills the supply chain

  • Delivering a sustainable housing sector – Lesley Fraser, Director of Housing and Justice,  Scottish Government
  • How Circular Economy construction principles can support low-carbon communities – Charlie Devine, Head of Resource Management, Resource Efficient Scotland
  • The importance of industry engagement in creating our future workforce – Phil Ford, Skills Planning Lead, SDS
  • Funding for low carbon strategies
  • Q&A

15:25 Closing remarks from the Chair

15:35 Close


To book your place at this event and engage on this important topic, simply click the button below. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.