SPACES – e-news Sept 2020

Autumn Programme

We are pleased to announce our Autumn programme of webinars running on Fridays @1:00pm.

11th September 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.

18th September Laura Jones discussing School Design post covid. The last 150 years of school building design in the UK has been chequered…some moments of genius and some of disaster. With the construction industry grappling with what the Covid-19 pandemic means for future school buildings, this webinar will questions what the direct, and indirect, implications of the crisis might be on the way we design school buildings…and whether some historic examples can provide some inspiration.

9th October James Clarke, Division Director, Learniture will be discussing school furniture and how can furniture impact on outcomes within schools and is there anything we need to alter as a result of the pandemic?

Webinars are free and only available to SPACES members. For more information and to book your place see our events calendar. NB To receive the invite you must register through the SPACES website. 

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


Tuesday 22 September 2020@3:00pm.

SPACES members are invited by CIBSE HCNE to a webinar on The Role of Green Gas in the Decarbonisation of Heat by Vailliant. For more information and to book your place see eventbrite.

Don’t forget

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 1st October @12:30pm

For information, to register your wish to attend or send your apologies, please see our website.
We are still looking for people to get involved with SPACES. 
NB Registration will close at midday on Wednesday 30th September 2020, to allow time to send the joining instructions out.

Zero Carbon

Technical Group

Following on from the technical enquiries last month regarding Zero Carbon in schools, SPACES are looking to set up a Technical Group on Zero Carbon. We need a Chair. Full support will be given. If you are interested please email Fiona in the first instance.

Summary of what has happened

Useful Information

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

LGA: 10 questions to ask if you are scrutinising climate change
The LGA have published a guide to help councils play a leading role in tackling the climate crisis. The guide sets out 10 scrutiny questions to help councils embed the changes that communities need to respond to local climate challenges.
You can also register for webinars on this topic taking place on 18 September. AM session and PM session

LGA: Charging up the Green Economy
The LGA have launched a ‘Charging up the green recovery’ guide. It explores how Councils Can boost their local economies by promoting the use of electric vehicles within their areas

LGA: Net Zero Innovation Programme
In collaboration with UCL , the LGA have launched the Net Zero Innovation Programme which helps councils and universities to work in partnership to achieve their carbon reduction goals.
The programme will provide training and grant funding to councils to help them work collaboratively with researchers on Climate Change projects.
Deadline for applications: 25 September 2020

LGA: Renewable energy good practice guidance
The LGA in partnership with Local Partnerships, have launched a ‘Renewable energy good practice guidance’.
This guidance will help councils understand the potential risks and benefits of acquiring renewable energy generating assets and how these can be effectively managed.

Carbon Trust: Heat Pump Retrofit in London
The Carbon Trust have launched a report on Heat Pump Retrofit in London

The Passivhaus Trust our holding three events regarding educational buildings. Dates are:

NB  Staff of educational estates & LA: Free. Sponsored by Willmott Dixon.