SPACES – e-news July 2020

SPACES Virtual Meetings and Webinars – BYO Sandwiches

Friday 10 July – 1:00 pm – 2:00pm Webinar: Climate Emergency and Zero Carbon: Status, needs and actions

Jose Hernandez of Pick Everard will be presenting on “Climate Emergency and Zero Carbon: Status, needs and actions”.

The presentation will offer a review of current Climate Emergency and Zero Carbon targets and plans, a description of a number of platforms and initiatives working on facilitating the delivery of those ambitious but badly needed targets, and the strong arguments for a Green Economic Recovery programme. Specific emphasis will be placed on the role of Local Authorities and the public sector in general and of the private sector.

You can book your place here.

Friday 17 July – 1:00 pm – 2:00pm Webinar: The rise of electric vehicles

Luke Osborne of the ECA, will be presenting on the rise of electric vehicles. The presentation will cover:

  • What is contributing to the exponential growth – including incentives and legislation,
  • Installation considerations – why has there been an amendment to the wiring regulations so soon, and
  • What are the implications for EVCP installations.

You can book your place here.

Friday 24 July – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Webinar: Passive House School design

Jonathan Hines of Architype will be presenting on Passive House School design. More information to follow. 

You can book your place here.

There will be no webinars in August, but they will resume September. The following webinars have been videoed and the links are available to members by logging into their account and going to the information suite.

  • Thursday 14th May: When can staff safely recommence visiting sites? Greg Keeling, Essex County Council
  • Friday 12th June: Well that was a surprise. Whatever next ?! Professor Stephen Heppell
  • Friday 26th June: Ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools, Scott Paton of Monodraught

Study Day 2020 2019

You can access Professor Stephen Heppell’s presentations from last year’s Study Day here:

Tomorrow’s Schools Today Part 1

Tomorrow’s Schools Today Part 2

Useful Member information – COVID-19

CLC: Construction Roadmap to Recovery Plan Published
The Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 Task Force has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery.

Useful Member information

PM Boris Johnson promising £1bn to rebuild crumbling schools

Coronavirus: Johnson sets out economic recovery plan

Technical Enquiries for members

SPACES has set up a Closed LinkedIn Group for members for technical enquiries. This will only be open to registered members, who have agreed to our By-Laws (for multiple member memberships the member will have had to completed the signing in process). The groups rules are:

  1. Do not post anything that you wouldn’t want your Chief Exec or your Mother to see.
  2. Respect other members of the Group
  3. What happens in the Group conversation stays in the group conversation.
  4. This group if for those signed up for SPACES membership only as per our records

If you would like to be a member of this group, please follow Fiona as administrator, send her a message and she will send you an invite.

Other Societies’ Webinars and Online Trainings


RICS have announced to members of the profession that they will be making a range of digital resources & services available without charge.

Grow Your Knowledge

A new webinar series from CIBSE

Taking place every Thursday, at 11:00 (BST), this free webinar series is designed to support the CIBSE community in maintaining their CPD remotely.

  • 2 July – Automation and productivity
  • 9 July – Near zero energy buildings
  • 16 July – CIBSE Knowledge management and generation
  • 23 July – The ‘new’ normalisation of energy data
  • 30 July – Building controls: What? Why? How?

#Build2Perform Wednesday Webinars

Taking place every Wednesday, at 11:00 (BST), this free webinar series, supported by the CIBSE Education Training and Membership Committee, showcases some of the most popular sessions from the 2019 Build2Perform Live event. Each webinar will feature a 60-minute CPD accredited presentation recorded from last year’s event.

  • 15 July – Kingspan Wednesday Webinar: Are building services responsible for unwanted heat gains?

Study Day 2020

Study Day 2020 – Save the date

Due to COVID-19, the board have agreed that the Study Day will not be held in 2020, but moved to June 2021. We thank the support of our sponsors and speakers. 

Next year the theme will still be Zero Carbon and the Climate Emergency and we are in discussions with De Montfort University, Leicester about holding the event there.

Yearbook and Award Submissions

Yearbook and Awards 2020 – Shortlists announced

Thank you to all those that entered projects for the Yearbook and Awards. Following receipt of over 100 submissions earlier this year, we are pleased to announce 26 projects that are shortlisted for the SPACES Awards, incorporating Civic Building of the Year (CBOY), and a further 34 which will be included in the yearbook. For a list of the projects, and information on the teams, please see our website.

After discussion it has been agreed by the board that there will be a joint 2020 and 2021 Yearbook and Awards Evening next year.