Seminars and Events
An Introduction to Sustainable Joinery
Friday 8th February 12pm - 4pm
Great Bow Wharf, Langport
This half day seminar will provide impartial advice and information to help anyone thinking about specifying and purchasing external joinery. Using the new and refurbished buildings at Great Bow Yard as examples, this half day seminar will take you through the issues relating to specifying timber windows in relation to buildings regulations, listed buildings and the sustainability agenda and will cover the use of sustainabily sourced timber such as FSC certified and reclaimed.
Eco Space - the final frontier?
Friday 28th March 9 am - 1pm
Bath and West Showground
The aim of the conference is to stimulate new thinking about how the building and landscape professions rise to the challenge of creating liveable spaces using the most up-to-date range of sustainable materials and techniques on offer whilst considering the importance of climate change and approaching peak oil production.
The speakers will explore what sustainable living spaces might look like and, drawing on exemplars from around the world, explain how lower impact building and landscaping techniques can create genuinely sustainable and liveable spaces.
The conference will feature presentations and discussions on sustainability in architecture and landscaping followed by a ‘question time’ format with eminent professionals and decision makers.
The conference is aimed at practitioners, decision makers and enthusiasts within the planning, architectural, landscaping and garden design industries.
10 am – 1pm Saturday 29th March,
Bath and West Showground
(with locally produced lunch to follow and free pass to the Homes for Good exhibition)
Have you been involved with your community in helping to make it a better place now and future generations?
Have you been a catalyst for making positive changes in your neighbourhood?
Have you made ecological and sustainable improvements to your home or lifestyle and want to get involved in helping the wider community?
Then come and celebrate the finale to our Community Choices for Sustainable Living project, which Ecos Trust (formerly STSD), DA21 and DSBI have been running for the past 3 years, funded by DEFRA’s Environmental Action Fund.
This event in an opportunity to tell others about your project as well as hear about others with a chance to network and build on your experiences and desires to make your community a sustainable one.
This event is free to attend and has been kindly sponsored by Somerset County Council’s Rising to the Challenge Campaign.
From Rhetoric to Reality
Date: September 26th
Venue: Genesis Centre, Somerset College of Art & Technology
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Fee: £90 + VAT
This conference will bring together policy makers, developers, surveyors, local planners and architects to understand the new policy and show how these issues are being addressed in practice.
The conference will discuss and attempt to clarify “Zero Carbon” with developers, designers and policy makers with local example(s) of first attempts.
The event will cover the different design solutions and technologies available to achieve the required level of energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, and discuss the regional and local policy changes that will steer the move towards zero carbon homes as set out by government.
- Private sector developers
- Building professionals – surveyors, contractors, architects, technicians, estate agents, builders
- Housing Association development managers and Board members
- Local authority, policy planners, development control and building control officers
- County and District Councillors
- Regeneration and development consultants
- The definition of zero carbon construction
- Design and construction for ultra low energy in use buildings
- modern teak garden furniture - how eco friendly?
- What renewable energy technologies will be used
- The time scale to build to zero carbon standards
- Case studies and examples of zero carbon building
- Stephen Ward, Faber Maunsell
- Neil May, Good Homes Alliance & Natural Building Technologies
- Nick Backhouse, Eco Exmoor renewable energy
- Kim Slowe, Cornhill Estates and Leeds Locksmiths
- Charles Couzens, Ecos Homes
- Jane Lavick, Regional Assembly
- Tom Woolley, Eco Architect and Proffesor of Architecture, Queens University, Belfast
- Sara Turnball, Centre for Alternative Technology - Zero Carbon Britan