Green Housing Forum to arrive in Watford

13.03.18

The latest Green Housing Forum, sponsored by Daikin UK, will be held in Watford, on the 13th March 2018. Now a well-established event for social housing professionals, this latest discussion will focus on the ‘age of austerity’ and explore whether cost-led decision-making in the maintenance and specification of products has had a negative impact on the safety and well-being of residents.

The second event in the series, the Forum will be hosted by LHC at the BRE Buildings in Watford. LHC brings buyers and suppliers in the market together, to build and maintain public property more efficiently and cost effectively. Speakers from LHC, Director John Skivington, and Technical Manager Colin will open the day, which will address:

  • Why lowest capital expenditure is not always the best solution when specification decisions are being made. How do we ensure whole-life cycle costs outweigh upfront capital expenditure?
  • How should we measure the true impact of solutions: safety, lower environmental impact, alleviation of fuel poverty, improved tenant health, future proofing and long-term sustainability?
  • How can social landlords reconfigure decision-making to deliver these benefits?
  • What can be done to help social landlords access and invest in future-proofed innovation that will deliver long-term benefits?

The event is designed for social housing professionals operating in asset management and sustainability roles. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to insightful presentations from a panel of experienced champions in the sector, before being invited to engage in a thought-provoking debate. 

These keynote speakers will include Timothy James Oakley, a qualified architect and Head of Consultancy at LHC. With 21 years’ experience with the organisation Tim is well versed in the statutory and regulatory requirements of public sector tendering. He developed LHC’s policies on Construction Health and Safety, KPI Collection and Sustainability, and has contributed to publications for the Concrete Society and Guidance to Building Regulations.

Also speaking will be Bevan Jones, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes. Bevan has 13 years’ experience of working in sustainability in the public and private sectors. In this time he has contributed to a number of key studies and reports including the UK’s first Climate Risk Assessment. 

Finally, Iain Bevan, Commercial Director for Heating & Renewables at Daikin UK, will be bringing to the event his extensive experience in delivering renewable heat solutions to a wide range of social housing projects.

In addition to this, delegates will also take part in roundtable sessions to tackle Q&A’s on sustainability, before discussing their findings and thought process to their peers. 

The Green Housing Forum has become well regarded since its launch in 2014 and has been hosted in Gloucestershire, Glasgow, and even at the London Olympia. Previous keynote speakers have included Peter Smith of National Energy Action, Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, and Barbara Atterson, Development Manager for Energy Action Scotland.

The last event, which took place at Incommunities in Shipley, West Yorkshire in November 2017, featured experienced key speakers such as Dr Graeme Sherriff, a research fellow at Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), which seeks to understand complex social issues and work towards justice and environmental sustainability within the urban environment.

Feedback from the Shipley event was extremely positive, with attendees commenting, “there was a good mix of presenters and workshops” and “the event had the right people engaging in high quality, informed discussion.”  Attendees also cited the chance to hear opinions on issues relating to energy efficiency and solutions from industry experts as a strong point of the event.

Attendees also said they would not only register for another Green Housing Forum event, but that they would also recommend the event to their colleagues.  

“Sustainability is a crucial factor in social housing,” said Iain Bevan, Commercial Director for Heating and Renewables at Daikin UK. “Helping professionals in the sector to stay well informed about the products that will improve energy efficiency and reduce costs is crucial in tackling fuel poverty and ensuring the well being of building occupants. The Green Housing Forum has been hugely successful and we want to continue promoting the improvement of the next generation of social housing stock.”

To register your place at the event and be part of the discussion, please visit: www.greenhousingforum.co.uk. 

For more information on Daikin UK, please visit www.daikin.co.uk or follow @DaikinUK on Twitter.

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