SPACES e-news – June 2022

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Study Day 2022

Net Zero Carbon – Building Resilience

Thursday 23rd June 2022

We are delighted to return to De Montfort University on Thursday 23rd June 2022 for our national study day.

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.

Our Keynote is Lord Rupert Redesdale, Member of the House of Lords and Founder of  the Energy Managers Association, Carbon Management Association (CMA) and Low Energy Company (LEC).

Also on the main stage Patrick Brown, Head of Sustainable Construction Delivery, Edinburgh City Council will be presenting on Edinburgh City’s continuing journey to Zero Carbon. And in the afternoon an interactive roundtable discussion – on the road to net zero, facilitated by Alex Gee, Norse Consulting. 

As normal we will have a wide range of presentations, workshops and case studies including:

  • Building and living in a passivhaus – John Thornberry, Pick Everard
  • Creating a low carbon skills economy – Marina Robertson, Norse Group
  • Decarbonisation, net zero and funding sources – David Gilbey or Mark Postill, Faithful+Gould
  • Decarbonising heating and use of heat pumps – Dr Andrew Wright and Prof Raffaella Villa, DMU
  • Identifying energy and carbon savings in flat roof refurbishment projects – Tom Raftery, Product manager – Solar PV / Environment Lead, Bauder Roofing
  • MMC and achieving low carbon outcomes – Raynee De Zoysa, Strategic Growth Manager, Collida
  • Radically reducing operational energy: Harris Academy Sutton – Christian Dimbleby, Associate, Architect & Chartered Engineer, Architype
  • Schools and ventilation – Hershil Patel, Head of Energy, Department for Education and Henry Burridge, Senior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, Imperial College.

With more still to be announced.

There will be lots of opportunities to network both during the day and the evening before.  Thank you to our sponsors  AtkinsBauder RoofingFaithful+GouldNorse ConsultingPick Everard and Willmott Dixon

Tickets are now available on our website:

Public Sector Ticket £100+VAT (with a email address / blue light)
Member Ticket £125+VAT
Retired Member Ticket £50+VAT
Non member Ticket £250+VAT
DMU Staff and Students are free (with a email address – limited number available)

The evening before there will be informal dinner, drinks and networking at Wygstons House sponsored by Concertus Design and Property Consultants. Tickets are now available on our website.

Public Sector/Retired Member Ticket – £20+VAT (£24)
Member Ticket – £25+VAT (£30)
Non-Member Ticket – £30+VAT (£36)


Watch Webinars in your own home or office

Integration of heat pumps in existing buildings

Hosted by Steve Rufus, Vice-President and Head of Profession, Engineering, SPACES, Beata Blachut and Jonathon Hunter-Hill, SAV Systems will be presenting on Integration of heat pumps in existing buildings.

The presentation aims to give attendees a basic understanding of heat pumps, discussing in detail how they operate, and what factors attendees should consider as the government pushes local authorities to replace gas boilers with heat pumps.
What issues does the CPD cover?

  • How heat pumps operate, including the components within heat pumps
  • Space requirements for heat pumps
  • How COP can be calculated, and what impacts the COP of heat pumps
  • The cost and efficiency associated with operating a heat pump at different temperatures
  • Understanding SCOP
  • Understand other factors affecting heat pumps, including
    • Operating temperatures
    • Domestic hot water
    • Constant and variable volume systems
    • How hybrid plant rooms can increase heat pump efficiency
  • The costs associated with hybrid plant rooms

It will also aim to address frequently asked questions from SPACES members, such as the high cost of operating heat pumps in comparison to traditional schemes, space considerations for operation and maintenance, reducing heat load in existing buildings, and combining heat pumps with other renewable technologies.

For more information, see our website, and to book your ticket go to webinarjam.

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

Yearbook and Awards 2022

SPACES are pleased to announce the projects that have been successfully shortlisted for the Civic Building of the Year (CBOY) and SPACES Awards and will be in the yearbook.

You can view the list on our website, and also download the information on the project teams.  

Our congratulations go to them all.

The winner of the Civic Building of the Year, and other awards will be announced at our Annual Awards and President’s Dinner, being held in early November.

The yearbook will also be published on this date. We are looking for advertisers for the yearbook – if you are interested, please see our website.

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!

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.

Summary of what’s been happening

Useful Information

(Follow us on LinkedIn for updates)

Queen’s Speech – LGA Briefing

Published on the 12th May, the LGA Queen’s Speech briefing summarises key announcements of relevance to local government, the LGA’s initial view of the proposals and the implications for councils. 

See here for more information. 

UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard

A cross-industry steering group, representing stakeholders across the built environment, have joined together to develop a standard for verifying UK buildings as net zero carbon.

See here for more information. 

Building to net zero: costing carbon in construction

On the 26th May, the Environmental Audit Committee published its report on the need to reduce emissions in construction if the UK is to meet net zero.

See here for more information. 

Community Ownership Fund

NEW – eligibility for the Community Ownership Fund has been expanded.  
The requirement that assets have had a use within the last 5 years has been removed and the fund will now consider any asset which has had a previous community use. Applicants who have a minimum of a 15-year lease on an asset would now also be considered for funding.

See here for more information. 

School and Further Education College Design and Construction guidance documents

On the 27th May, the DfE have made changed to School and Further Education College Design and Construction guidance documents:
Employer’s requirements Part A: General conditions
Employer’s requirements Part B: Generic design brief
Employer’s requirements Part C: School-specific brief template

See here for more information. 

Climate and Ecology Bill

The Climate and Ecology Bill (formerly the CEE Bill) – a plan for a new UK law that addresses the full extent of the climate and nature crisis in line with the most up-to-date science, was introdiced by Lord Redesdale for its first reading on the 25th May at the House of Lords. 

See here for more information.