Resilient Housing Conference

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The Building Centre

26 Store Street



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A one day conference providing the latest guidance on the design and delivery of long-lasting and high performance homes.

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The resilient housing conference is an opportunity to learn more about how we can design long-lasting and high performance homes in response to:

  • Warming climate and overheating risk greater need to keep our buildings cool as well as warm
  • Changing weather patterns and flood risk – increased risk of flooding and storm events
  • Changing demographics – different types of housing to accommodate increasing elderly population and more urban living
  • Energy availability and fuel poverty – improved energy efficiency/ high thermal performance
  • Sustainability credentials – traceability of material supply, low carbon, recyclability
  • Occupant safety and comfort – fire resistance, health and wellbeing, thermal comfort

The event will explain the performance credentials of brick, block and concrete and the latest developments to deliver resilient, durable high-quality homes.

Reasons to attend the Resilient Housing conference:

MEET - Meet product, design and construction experts and share best practice guidance on the specification of concrete and masonry for housing.

DISCOVER - Innovations that enable you to deliver energy efficient, fire resistant, flood resilient housing

ATTEND -Seminars from technical experts including exemplary case studies

The conference will begin at 9.45am and conclude at 3.30pm.

Registration and refreshments will be available from 9.15am.

The event is free to attend but booking is essential.


9:15 – Registration and refreshments

9:45 – Conference welcome

Guy Thompson, The Concrete Centre

9:50 – Designing Homes Fit for the Future

Lynne Sullivan, Founder, LSA Studio and Chair, Good Homes Alliance

Lynne will introduce the importance of building performance as well as place-making, climate resilience and future-proofing.

10:10 – Exploring the Sustainability Credentials of Brick, Block and Concrete

This presentation will provide guidance on sustainable specification including low carbon, material efficient, responsibly sourced materials.

10:30 – Healthier, Happier Homes: Designing Housing for Mental Wellbeing

Ben Channon, associate, Assael Architecture

How can we design housing with people, happiness and wellbeing at the centre? Ben Channon – architect, mental wellbeing ambassador and author of ‘Happy by Design’ – explains how we can improve the way that residential buildings support good mental health, without breaking the bank.

10:55 – Case Study: Gainsford Road Project

Andrew Tam, senior architect, Gort Scott Architects

This project for Pocket Living provides affordable one-bedroom homes for first-time buyers in Walthamstow, meeting the borough’s housing aspirations while making a lasting contribution to the area.

Andrew will share the experience of designing efficient and functional layouts that are augmented with an external design that responds sensitively to the strong character of the surrounding area, with a sense of community promoted through shared amenities.

[11:20 Coffee break and exhibition]

11:50 – Session welcome

Tom Farmer, Brick Development Association

11:55 – Innovations and New Ideas in Housing

Oliver Novakovic, Technical and Innovation Director, Barratt Developments

Oliver will provide an overview of recent developments in construction methods, techniques and products being adopted by house builders.

12:15 – Case Study: Project to be announced soon

12:35 – Fire and the updates to Part B of the Approved Document

Tony Jones, Principal Structural Engineer, The Concrete Centre

Since the Grenfell fire there have been several updates to the Approved Document B: Fire Safety and a number of advice notes published by government. These advice notes provide guidance for both new and existing buildings. In addition to providing guidance based on ongoing testing the notes also provide government interpretation of the regulations which some argue does not align with the approved documents.

The presentation will go through the important changes and discuss their impacts. It will also highlight the risks of designing in an environment where both guidance and the interpretation of that guidance is changing and suggest how these risks can be minimised.

[13:00 – Lunch and exhibition]

13:45 – Session welcome

Christopher Stanley, Modern Masonry

13:50 – Designing Healthy and Resilient Homes

Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect, The Concrete Centre

The resilience of a new home can be enhanced through quite simple, low-cost, early design decisions, making significant potential improvements to health, wellbeing and long-term performance. This presentation explores how.

14:15 – Flood Resilient Homes - Delta Membranes

This presentation will explain the design principles associated with delivering flood resilient homes. Lessons learnt from the Flood Re House at BRE, and a number of case studies will be included.

14:35 – Energy Efficiency and Thermal Mass

Tom De Saulles, Building Physicist, The Concrete Centre

Thermal mass has been used to help optimise building comfort for centuries and continues to be highly relevant in modern, low energy design. This includes a new approach for controlling the energy used for heating and cooling, where the ability of thermal mass to store heat enables a dynamic response to real-time energy prices, changing weather, and occupancy patterns.

This session provides an overview of this exciting new technology utilising thermal mass and re-examines the conventional role of thermal mass in housing that continues to underpin good design.

15:00 – Baker Place - Resilient Housing in the North

Stuart McGrath, Architect, OMI Architects

Stuart will speak about OMI Architects’ recently completed Baker Place apartment development in Hulme, Manchester. The project was delivered for One Manchester, a social landlord with an established base and stock in the area, and places a strong emphasis on the well-being of residents through a focus on daylighting, landscape, generous private and communal external spaces and sustainability.

The project is constructed in load bearing masonry and comprises 67 apartments across three buildings, ranging in height from four to five storeys, arranged around a landscaped communal courtyard.

15:25 – Guidance for the Design of Brick, Block and Concrete Housing

Tom De Saulles

Tom is the author of a range of Easy Guides for Masonry Construction, as well as the popular Concrete Centre guides - Thermal Mass Explained, Thermal Performance Part L, Concrete Floor Solutions for Passive and Active Cooling.

Tom will provide a whistlestop tour of guidance available from The Concrete Centre, Modern Masonry, Brick Development Association and conference partners including: Concrete Block Association, Aircrete Products Association, Mortar Industry Association, Basement Information Centre and Forterra.

15:40 – Closing summary and conference close

This event is in partnership with the Build Environment Trust, Brick Development Association, Modern Masonry and The Concrete Centre.

Headline sponsor: Concrete Block Association

Exhibitors: Aircrete Products Association, Forterra and Mortar Industry Association.

Image: Paul Karalius

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26 Store Street



United Kingdom

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