SPACES E-news April 2022

Watch Webinars in your own home or office

The Implications of Net Zero for School Design

Wednesday 27th April 2022 @2:00pm

Beata Blachut and Jonathon Hunter-Hill, SAV Systems  will be discussing the steps required to drive schools towards Net Zero. It focuses on achieving energy savings and improving energy efficiency before moving on to integration of low carbon heat plant and ongoing monitoring. Specific topics covered include reducing heat loss, MVHR, reducing flow temperatures and increased delta Ts, automatic hydronic balancing, thermal storage, hybrid plant rooms (heat pumps, CHP, and boilers), delivery of DHW using HIUs, and monitoring to achieve Net Zero.

Beata Blachut: Head of Strategic Business Development – Technical, is an enthusiastic energy specialist with in-depth practical knowledge in the field of renewable energy, low carbon technologies, heat networks and climate change. A wide range of expertise centred upon the design and operation of heat networks (with focus on energy centres with CHPs, heat pumps and electric boilers; variable volume systems, HIUs, metering and monitoring). Active member of industry associations and advice groups with insight into energy policy. Contributor to CIBSE Heat Networks Design Guide. Frequently participating in conferences and trade fairs in Denmark, Germany, and Italy. Working within the UK Building Services sector for last 15 years.  
Jonathon Hunter Hill: Sector Manager – Education is a passionate advocate for MVHR, Jonathon is the Product Manager for AirMaster decentralized MVHR and Energi Raven, with a wider emphasis on improving energy efficiency in schools to meet our Net Zero goals. Jonathon has worked with many local authorities over the years. With an existing relationship to The City of Edinburgh Council, in April 2021, he secured Passivhaus Component Certification for one of AirMaster’s MVHR units. Following university, Jonathon joined SAV Systems and has worked there for the past 9 years.

The webinar is hosted on webinarjam and you can register to attend here.

Save the date! Study Day 2022

Thursday 23rd June 2022

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker this year is Lord Redesdale, Member of the House of Lords and Chief Executive of Energy Managers Association. 

We are delighted to return to De Montfort University on Thursday 23rd June 2022 for our national study day. You may recall in 2020 we had to cancel our study day and instead took that opportunity to rollout our first programme of SPACES webinars to support our members with some amazing speakers. In 2021, our study day went online with a Virtual Conference and was a huge success with 18 speakers over a two week period and some 750 registrations for the different sessions.

This year’s theme is Net Zero Carbon – Building Resilience. It is the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced, and if ever there was a time to pull together, share knowledge, experiences and network it must be now. As always, we will be offering a variety of sessions looking at what others are doing on their Net Zero Carbon (NZC) journey.

We will be exploring a diverse range of areas such as

  • What are the strategies most likely to deliver success across an LA estate and how will we know that we are on target?
  • Does the industry have the skills, knowledge, training programmes and expertise to respond to NZC?
  • Are our financial systems simply unfit to deliver NZC so long as capital and revenue budgets are kept in separate pots?
  • Will levelling up help deliver NZC?
  • How can the digital revolution helps us deliver successful outcomes?

We are in the process of pulling a programme together (see our website or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for updates). If you are interested and have a project that you would like to showcase, please let Fiona know.

We are looking for sponsors and exhibitors. Our packages start from £500+VAT, for more information please see our Sponsorship Flyer.

We are getting involved

UK Metals Expo

14th to 15th September, NEC Birmingham


23rd to 24th November 2022, Excel, London

You can register for free!

Have you been involved with a public building or project that has made a difference to a community?

Yearbook and Awards 2022

Submission Deadline was extended to Friday 4th March

We are now in the process of reviewing the submissions for the  SPACES Yearbook and Civic Building of the Year Awards 2022.
Thank you to all that entered. 

You can view a copy of the 2021 Yearbook and last year’s award winners.

For other ways to be involved with the awards and yearbook, please see our website.

Virtually meet your colleagues

Technical Meeting

Tuesday 22nd March @1:00pm

Steve Rufus, Vice-President, SPACES and Head of Profession – Engineering, chaired a technical meeting for all members. 

To view a copy of the minutes sign into our website and go to the information suite

Catch up

YouTube Channel

You can watch recordings of the Virtual Conference and Awards on our YouTube Channel. 

Technical Webinars will be available in the members only area of the SPACES website and will be publicly available on our YouTube Channel after 6 months (depending on permissions of the presenter). 

Have you got a question?

SPACES Technical Enquiries

We now have a LinkedIn group for our members to post questions. This is for members only. Please click on this link to join

  1. Do not post anything that you wouldn’t want your Chief Exec or your Mother/Children to see. 
  2. Respect other members of the Group
  3. What happens in the Group chats stays in the group 
  4. This group if for those signed up for SPACES membership only as per our records
  5. The group and the posts are moderated by SPACES, we reserve the right to remove anything that goes against our By-Laws

We have had three technical enquiries this month. 

George Moss, Crowborough Town Council asks. 
I was wondering if there is anyone that can give me advice on a Crowborough Town Council (CTC) issue.
A number of years back East Sussex County Council (ESCC) passed over the management of the Crowborough Street Lighting to Crowborough Town Council. When issues arise ESCC come out and re-lamp as required and CTC pays.
We are now told that anytime work needs doing on a lamp post a lighting design for the entire street is required. Please can anyone advise whether street lighting only has to comply with the standards applicable to when they were installed?
If you are able to assist, please email George Moss

Andrew Howard, Hants County Council asks
Have any SPACES members submitted bids in for Phase 3 Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme -Round 3.1
What was the value of the bid?
Which eligible technologies were the bids based on?
If you are able to assist, please email Andrew Howard

Greg Keeling, Essex County Council asks
Does anyone have Employer’s Requirement document for Residential Children’s Homes. It should be a generic document (for either D&B or traditional design) that would be suitable for both new-build, or for adapting an existing property.
If you are able to assist, please email Greg Keeling. 

Summary of what’s been happening

Useful Information

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National Infrastructure Planning Reform: Innovation and Capacity Fund for local authorities

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have launched Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) Innovation and Capacity Fund to support councils with up to £100,000 to help them deliver NSIP applications more quickly and in innovative ways.
All eligible councils are encouraged to apply and help make sure the planning system is best equipped to deliver the infrastructure of the future that this country needs.

See here for more information. 

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) planks

The IStructE has published updated guidance that provides identification and remediation solutions for Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) planks.

RAAC has been used in building structures in the UK and Europe since the late 1950’s, most commonly as precast roof panels in flat roof construction, but in the 1990s structural deficiencies became apparent.

See here for more information. 

What Does Zero Mean?

LETI and CIBSE are having an online launch of the CIBSE-LETI NetZero FAQs on Thursday 7th April at 16:00. Through cross-industry collaboration, the FAQs reveal simple explanations on the implementation of Net-Zero in practice & in detail. 

See here for more information. 

Building Safety: Remediation and Funding

House of Commons, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee has published the following report – Building Safety: Remediation and Funding Seventh Report of Session 2021–22. 

See here for more information. 

Levelling Up Fund Round 2: Prospectus

he Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, HM Treasury, and Department for Transport have produced a prospectus providing guidance on how local areas can submit bids for the Levelling Up Fund.

The Levelling Up Fund is designed to invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK. The £4.8 billion fund will support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets.

Across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (NI), unitary authorities (including metropolitan borough councils), London borough councils and district councils in two tier areas in England are eligible to submit bids for the second round of the Levelling Up Fund which was announced in the 2022 Spring Statement.

See here for more information. 

LGA responds to Schools White Paper

The Local Government Association have responded to the Schools White Paper which gives councils powers to set up their own multi-academy trusts. 

See here for more information. 

A Guide for Delivering Social Value on Built Environment Projects

UKGBC’s most recent guide shares a step-by-step process for implementing social value on projects from a single built asset to a large multi-purpose development.
See here for more information. 

IET and BSI publish Amendment 2 to the 18th Edition

The IET have now issued the press release regarding Amendment 2 to the Wiring Regs. Amendment 2 comes into effect immediately when published on 28th March 2022 and the previous version, BS 7671:2018+A1:2020, will be withdrawn six months later.

For more information, including the significant changes see IET & BSI publish Amendment 2 to BS 7671:2018 see Electrical Contracting News.