Low Carbon Home Builder Springboard

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All buildings need to be zero carbon by 2050 – so why aren’t small developers building more ‘eco-homes’?

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“All buildings need to be zero carbon by 2050, and we will need new technologies that work for buildings old and new. Crucially, we also need a massive new workforce with the skills to transform the building stock in every part of the UK. The market for energy in buildings is huge – worth billions of pounds”.

George Day - Head of Markets, Policy and Regulation at Energy Systems Catapult

The Government’s consultation on energy regulations to improve the efficiency of new homes has very recently concluded. This timely event asks why more small developers aren’t already building ‘A rated’ and ‘zero carbon’ homes and, crucially, how we might encourage more to take the plunge and get ahead of the inevitable surge in eco-home building and energy efficiency retrofit.

The aim of the event is to share practical insights and identify no more than three tangible actions for our regional bodies and demand side organisations that will help accelerate the shift to low and zero carbon homes.

We have invited three local experts to bring their own unique perspective to this issue and representatives from the University of Derby’s Built Environment team, local Councils and Housing Associations will also contribute to the discussion.

This event focuses on the growing role that small developers have in building energy efficient and zero carbon homes.

Breakfast refreshments will be available from 8am. The event is free to Low Carbon Business Network members. To sign up to the Network for free, go to

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We are delighted that Martin Valentine from Positive Homes, Richard Holmes from Third Stone and David Radley from BWB Consulting will be providing expert input.

Tales from the front line of eco-home building

Martin Valentine is the Managing Director of Positive Homes Ltd. Based in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, the company only builds smaller homes that are in the top 1% in the country for energy efficiency. Having built all its homes using timber frames, Positive Homes has now committed to using off-site construction, starting with a live scheme in Newark. The company’s aim is to ‘revolutionise the house building industry – from below the ground up’ – by working with local councils to develop sites for first time buyers, where low energy bills are guaranteed.

Before starting Positive Homes in 2015, Martin worked for Nottingham City Homes for five years – helping to complete a £200m improvement programme before starting the largest new council house new build programme in the country.

Martin’s frank and witty presentation will ‘tell it as it is’ for small scale eco-home developers and will raise as many questions as he will provide answers.

“The majority of modern houses are rubbish – and the estates they are on are equally badly designed. We can, and must, do better. If a little developer like Positive Homes can build to net zero carbon now, then there’s no reason why everyone else can’t”

Martin Valentine - Positive Homes

How can small developers succeed in a green market?

Richard has worked in the Environment & Energy sector for over 20 years with stints at Nottingham Trent and De Montfort Universities and Leicester City Council. His specialties include: Part L Compliance for Builders and Architects and Energy & Environmental Management support for organisation.

Upcoming changes to building regulations

o How these will impact on construction

o How to gain market share by using the change as an opportunity.

Green Branding in construction

o How does this benefit a developer

o What is the size of the eco-build market

o Case studies

o How to develop a green brand.

Richard Holmes - Third Stone

Traditional vs Sustainable Developers

David is Associate Director for Geotechnics at BWB - a multi-award-winning engineering and environmental design consultancy. He is passionate about good governance, strategy and sustainability, He is an Associate Director at BWB, with sixteen years consultancy experience. He has managed accounts, people, programmes and projects, and is currently engaged in activities linked to stakeholder engagement, strategic development and contract negotiation. David is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Water and Environment Manager. He was awarded a scholarship by The Institute of Directors for an Executive MBA at Nottingham Business School, which he recently passed with Distinction.

David will present analysis from his Masters’ dissertation that compares and contrasts the qualities of ‘Traditional and Sustainable Developers’ – and explore the challenge of the skills, knowledge and aptitudes that need to be developed by the current and next generation of smaller building firms.

David Radley - BWB Consulting

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