Institute for Sustainability's low-carbon conference programme
By editor | 16 Aug, 2011
The FLASH+ network is being coordinated and managed by the South East Centre for the Built Environment (SECBE) and partnered by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), Constructing Excellence, Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
SECBE's head of market development, Tina McGeachan, said: "There's almost a tidal wave of new technology flooding into mainstream building and construction, but the problem is knowing how effective it really is. The industry's emphasis has now turned decisively to making sure that buildings perform as intended and that innovation really does contribute to achieving carbon reduction goals. This programme will give access to a huge knowledge base and cutting edge demonstrator projects. FLASH+ aims to cut through the greenwash and help smaller companies to identify opportunities, and provide reliable solutions to grow their business in today's difficult marketplace."
The programme and conference are free and aimed at architects, planners, designers, builders, engineers, and facilities managers and anyone who is involved, or wants to be involved, in specifying, buying or delivering low carbon solutions. Qualifying businesses* simply have to commit to 12 hours' involvement with the programme.
Through the opening conference, site visits, seminars, workshops, online material, including case studies and project reports, plus regular online newsletters, delegates will be briefed on the realities of low-carbon design and build. The aim is to help businesses understand the importance of performance of newly designed or adapted buildings and how to measure effectiveness.
Speakers at the launch conference, to be held at the Stanhill Court Hotel, Charlwood Surrey, include Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), Robin Roberts, property services director at Worthing Homes and Bill Bordass of the Usable Buildings Trust.
View the full conference programme at www.secbe.org.uk/flashplus
Delegates must register first by contacting Tina McGeachan at SECBE on 0118 920 7204 or by e-mail Tina@secbe.org.uk.
*Eligible businesses for membership are SMEs with less than 250 employees and turnover less than â‚¬50m or a balance sheet less than â‚¬43m. Businesses should be within the construction/built environment sector and be located in the South East of England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, IOW or Kent).
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