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Sustainable Renovation in Practice – a practical guide to improving homes for energy, health and the environment.

Start date: 22-07-2020 End date: 22-07-2020

Who is this event for

Are you involved in the renovation of existing buildings? This webinar will introduce this Design Guide which is an essential reference point for everybody in the retrofit sector from Policy Makers and Development Managers in Housing organisations, to Architects, Builders, Surveyors, and those simply interested in upgrading their own homes.

About this Event

The webinar will commence with a short introduction to sustainable/circular economy approaches to construction by Clive Bowman of Zero Waste Scotland.

This will be followed by the main talk by Chris Morgan of John Gilbert Architects. Following a short break (5 mins), we will have a 30 mins Q&A session for Chris. This is an opportunity for you to put your practical questions to Chris, whether you are new to this, or a tried and tested user of the techniques described in the book.

The webinar will conclude with a few words from SEDA and The Pebble Trust.

Why this event is important

Many organisations including Zero Waste Scotland, SEDA (Scottish Ecological Design Association) and RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland) are currently encouraging Scottish Government to instigate a national sustainable retrofit programme as part of a green recovery plan post-COVID 19, in an effort to create jobs, increase skills and combat climate change and fuel poverty.

A sustainable retrofit and renovation programme needs to go beyond energy efficiency and renewable energy. This is an opportunity to get the fabric of the exiting 2.5 million homes in Scotland up to standard to be net-zero carbon in the most sustainable manner possible and in the process build both human and social capital.

Zero Waste Scotland, supported by The Pebble Trust and SEDA has seized on this timing to promote this guide written by Chris Morgan of John Gilbert Architects, and funded and published by The Pebble Trust.

The work is based heavily on BPE (Building Performance Evaluation) studies in which investigators study the actual performance of buildings once built, rather than the calculated predictions routinely used, and the real experience of people within these buildings!

This Guide is available for purchase for just £10 plus P&P from the SEDA website or the Peeble Trust Website, or free to download from

Once you register for the event a link will be sent giving full details of how to join the online webinar.

Your organisers

This event by Zero Waste Scotland is being held in partnership with Scottish Ecological Design Association.

Scottish Ecological Design Association shares knowledge, skills, and experience of ecological design. A membership organisation, SEDA aims to promote the design of communities, environments, projects, systems, services, materials, and products which enhance the quality of life and are not harmful to living species and planetary ecology.

Zero Waste Scotland is Scotland’s resource efficiency and circular economy expert. We work to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our mission is to influence and enable change at a number of levels: from informing systems-wide policy and regulatory interventions through evidence gathering, to motivating practical change in the behaviours of individuals and organisations through our programmes and brands. We also make direct interventions, commonly in the form of finance, business support, technical advice, training and competence development or communications support.

The Zero Waste Scotland Construction Industry Support Programme offers free advice and technical support to Scottish business, helping them embed circular economy principles into the design and construction of our built environment.

The Pebble Trust has a vision of a more sustainable, equal, and low-carbon society, where human activities take account of climate change and the wider environment. The Trust provides small grants for projects in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and commissioned and published the Sustainable Renovation Guide to help inform the enormous task of upgrading the fabric of Scotland’s homes.

22-07-2020 - 22-07-2020
18:30 - 20:30
Online - link to follow
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