SPACES e-news August 2020

Webinars Autumn Programme

SPACES are pleased to announce their Autumn programme of webinars running on Fridays at 1:00pm.

Starting on the 11th September with Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, Royal Academy of Engineering, Visiting Professor in Sustainable Buildings, University of Cambridge, Member of the Environmental Working Group of SAGE. Shaun will be discussing low energy ventilation and the benefits of providing more fresh air if possible to reduce risks associated with SARS-C-V-2 transmission.

Followed by 18th September Laura Jones, LJA Architect + RIBA Client Adviser, who will be discussing school design post Covid and on the 9th October James Clarke, Division Director, Learniture discussing school furniture.

Webinars are free and only available to SPACES members. For more information and to book your place see our events calendar.

Previous webinars have been videoed and the links are available to members by logging into their account and going to the information suite


Don’t forget the SPACES Annual General Meeting being held at 12:30pm on Thursday 1st October 2020 online. 
For information, to register your wish to attend or send your apologies, please see our website.
NB Registration will close at midday on Wednesday 30th September 2020, to allow time to send the joining instructions out.

Members Technical Enquiries

Greg Keeling has the following technical enquiry. In summary asking has anyone

  1. designed a school to comply with 2050 weather files? And if yes, what was the cost difference?
  2. designed a zero carbon school or nearly zero carbon that they would be happy to talk about?
  3. designed a school (or other large building) using Air Source Heat Pumps or Ground Source Heat Pumps and have monitored the installation including running costs (energy and maintenance) and reliability/end user experience? To ensure affordability in operation we feel that PV’s are essential with heat pumps – is that fair?
  4. used LETI (London Energy Transformation Initiative ) Climate Emergency Design Guide for projects?
  5. designed a passivhaus school and have monitored the actual energy consumption and done some form of POE?

And is thinking of setting up an informal special interest group within SPACES. For more info see this link. If you have any feedback, please contact Greg

On the back of this Hershil Patel at the DfE also has a question.

If I may ask a question in return, what Local Authorities are doing in the retrofit/ refurbishment of school buildings to address both mitigation and adaptation. If you have any feedback, please contact Hershil

We have a private technical group for SPACES members only on LinkedIn. If you are interested in joining, please contact Fiona

Useful Information

The following information has been shared on LinkedIn and Twitter last month. 

The Draft Building Safety Bill
Published 18 July 2020
The government is bringing forward fundamental changes in the draft Building Safety Bill that will improve building and fire safety, so that people will be, and will feel, safer in their homes.

Building safety: Industry Safety Steering Group second report on culture change in the construction sector
Published 5th August 2020. 
The Industry Safety Steering Group’s report for the Secretary of State and the Minister for Building Safety.

Planning for the Future Consultation
Published 6 August 2020. Consultation Closes 11:45pm on 29 October 2020
The Planning for the Future consultation proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

SCOSS report: Roof collapse at primary school
A recent CROSS report from structural safety organisation SCOSS highlights the importance of regular maintenance checks, getting the drainage right and the correct design of flat roofs.

CLC Statement on Net Zero Carbon and the Climate Emergency
Our industry faces an immense challenge in recovering from the impact of Covid19.  But in supporting this recovery, we must also accelerate work towards tackling the defining challenge of the 21st Century – the climate emergency – by reducing carbon emissions. New construction activity and the existing built environment are major sources of carbon emissions and therefore our sector has a crucial responsibility alongside government to take action, and the CLC is committed to playing its part in this joint endeavour.

LGA Design in the public sector programme
Delivered in partnership between the LGA and Design Council, the Design in Public Sector programme (DIPS) equips councils with design skills and methods to apply to their toughest local climate challenges and most ambitious aspiration or mission.
The Design in the public sector programme is now open for applications. This year’s programme is themed on climate change. Apply now and learn how design tools and methods can help tackle climate change challenges.
The deadline for applications is 4 September 2020 at 5pm.