North East Sustainability Mastermind - Residential Retrofit

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Join our first ‘Sustainability Mastermind’ session where we will peer-review current projects on the drawing board.

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Join our first ‘Sustainability Mastermind’ session where we will peer-review current projects on the drawing board. We’ll discus and review live projects put forward by architects from our region. The Sustainability Mastermind is safe place where you can get support from other RIBA members and to share your experiences.

Housing is responsible for 60% of the carbon emission from all buildings. Furthermore, by 2050, todays housing will account for over 80% of the housing stock. If we are going to tackle the climate emergency housing rightly deserves a priority and focus.

There are (at least) five ways you can benefit from the Sustainability Mastermind:

1) COMMUNITY: Through the Sustainability Mastermind you get the opportunity to be a part of a community with shared goals. To this end you’ll have the chance to create new relationships and new friendships. Who knows where that can lead…

2) CHALLENGE: Together we engage head on with the RIBA 2030 Challenge. We discuss how it can be applied to your project – whether or not you expect to address all criteria – and we help each other prepare for the RIBA Awards by addressing technical queries or agreeing common understandings.

3) LEARNING: We all start somewhere so the Sustainability Mastermind recognises that not everyone has a project they want to share, or the expertise to contribute. If you want to sit on the side-lines soaking up all the good ideas and developing new insights that you can apply in your work the next day then that’s perfectly fine. The most important thing is that you are interested, stimulated and willing to engage.

4) DEVELOPMENT: If you are already an expert in a specific field of sustainable design then you’ll be all too aware that you can’t master them all. The Sustainability Mastermind helps you fill the gaps by bolster those underdeveloped areas.

5) PRACTICE: With your practice’s blessing you bring a project, or part of a project, to the mastermind. You set out the context, where you are right now and where you’d like to get to. No scheme is too big, and no detail is too small – the mastermind is here to help.

Then it’s over to the hive mind. Under the watchful eye of compères (Mark and Adam), participants have an opportunity to refine, reinforce and resolve the complex issues that you are trying to address.

These sessions will be held under the Chatham House rules. Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, or project may be revealed. This way everyone taking part can learn without risk. The more you contribute the more you’ll get out of the experience.

If you have a project in mind for this session then please get in touch with us in advance.

Mark Siddall -

Adam Vaughan -

As an inter-architect and inter-practice event the Sustainability Mastermind is a truly unique experience. We look forward to seeing you.

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