SPACES e-news May 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 Chief Executive of Energy Managers Association. the CEO of the Energy Managers Association (EMA), Carbon Management Association (CMA) and Low Energy Company (LEC). As normal we will have a wide range of presentations, workshops and case studies including:

  • Edinburgh City’s continuing journey to Zero Carbon – Patrick Brown
  • Building and living in a passivhaus – John Thornberry
  • Decarbonisation, net zero and funding sources – David Gilbey or Mark Postill, Faithful+Gould
  • Harris Academy – CBOY Winner, Christian Dimbleby, Associate, Architect & Chartered Engineer, Architype
  • Schools and ventilation, Hershil Patel, DfE
  • Decarbonising heating and use of heat pumps, Dr Andrew Wright and Prof Raffaella Villa, DMU

More will be announced shortly.

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

Tickets are now available on our website:

LA/Gov Ticket £100+VAT (with a email address)
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)

Tickets for the evening social on the 22nd June will be available shortly.

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 annouce the projects that have been sucessfully 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.

Watch Webinars in your own home or office

The Implications of Net Zero for School Design

On Wednesday 27th April, Beata Blachut and Jonathon Hunter-Hill, SAV Systems  presented on the implication of Net Zero for School Design. The video can be watched here

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!

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

Summary of what’s been happening – Useful Information

The Building Safety Bill

On the 28th April The Building Safety Act received Royal Assent. See here for the RICS press release and here for parliamentary information. 

Financing Green Ambition

On 4th May the LGA are hosting a webinar exploring changes in the funding landscape, and how the combined resources of the public and private sectors can address the scale of the climate challenges we are facing.

This webinar is aimed at council officers or members with responsibility for finance, economic development, regeneration, environment, transport or housing. See here for more information. 

Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services systems

On 21st April, the DfE published a policy paper for Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services systems. See here for more information. 

Schedule of Accommodation tools for schools and colleges

On the 20th April the DfE published updated to its Schedule of Accommodation tools for schools and colleges. See here for more information. 

Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard

On the 8th April the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published the Government Response to the UK Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard Consultation, and the Guidance Document on the UK Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard as part of the Hydrogen Investment Package.  See here for the Government response and here for the guidance document. 

Agreement with major developers to fund building safety repairs

The government has revealed a wide-ranging agreement that will see industry contribute £5 billion to address the building safety scandal.  See here for more information. 

Passivhaus – Operational Carbon, Retrofit & Embodied Carbon

Accompanying their guidance on Passivhaus as a route to net-zero, iPHA Affiliate the Passivhaus Trust is excited to share their new set of primers which present the detailed research in an accessible and digestible format. Each primer focuses on Operational Carbon, Retrofit & Embodied Carbon. Get your hands on these free-to-download resources to get a quick but comprehensive overview of achieving net-zero through Passivhaus: See here for more information. 

Energy Security Strategy

On the 6th April the Government announced its new Energy Security Strategy. See here for more information. 

How to Calculate Embodied Carbon

The Institution of Structural Engineers have launched The second edition of How to Calculate Embodied Carbon and the second version of the Structural Carbon Tool. See here for the guide and here for the tool.