North East Sustainability Mastermind

North East Sustainability Mastermind

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Join us for our next ‘Sustainability Mastermind’ session where we will host a range of engaging discussions about sustainable design.

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Join our Sustainability Forum on 25 May for our next ‘Sustainability Mastermind’ session - Acoustics.

The 2021 Approved Documents O, F and L have significant acoustic constraints that are not yet widely recognised.

The 2021 Approved Doc O (Overheating) includes acoustic limits to the use of opening windows to mitigate overheating. Somewhere between 30-45% of existing dwellings will not meet these limits. Overheating mitigation strategies for dwellings will be significantly constrained by environmental noise, affecting even locations considered not to be “noisy”. It will be important for developers to understand where these constraints apply, and how to respond to them.

The 2021 Approved Doc F (Ventilation) contains new technical guidance for noise from mechanical ventilation systems. Developers should therefore check that their designs are compliant. Changes to Part L encourage the adoption of heat pumps as a means of reducing energy demand, which can cause a noise nuisance, even within permitted development.

Join Jack Harvie-Clark, Managing Director and Founder of industry-leading acoustic consultants, Apex Acoustics, to understand why the various noise level limits are nonetheless appropriate, and what a developer needs to do to assess the noise risks and mitigation options for the design. Jack was on the advisory group to DLUHC for Approved Docs F and O, and is a major author of the Acoustics, Ventilation, Overheating: Residential Design Guide, published by the Institute of Acoustics and Association of Noise Consultants in 2020.

We will host a range of engaging discussions about sustainable design, which may include the peer-review of current projects on the drawing board. Through polls and interactive discussion groups, you can safely share your skills, thoughts and experiences.

There are 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, part of a project, or even just a construction detail, 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.

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 peer-review at 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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