‘How data can help us to decarbonise right-first-time’
Alan Wilson, Business Development Director, NetZero Collective
Alan will discuss how the NetZero Collective are using data and research, in partnership with the University of Southampton, to guide landlords and councils across the country to make right-first-time asset management decisions aimed at portfolio decarbonisation, and on the different paths to net-zero.
Alan will outline the challenges faced for property decarbonisation, from skills gaps to supply chain constraints, and discuss ways we can all work together to overcome these barriers.
In addition, Alan will discuss the outcomes of the first research to be completed, showcasing what the research is telling us and how it’s guiding the plans to deliver the first NetZero Collective retrofits.
‘How structural change and the pandemic will reshape our towns and cities’
Sarah Elliott, UK&I Town Planning Lead – Buildings + Places, AECOM Limited
2020 brought us a pandemic, 11,000 lost shops on our high-streets, 60% of the adult population working at home, a 50% increase in online shopping, a greater focus of health and wellbeing and more appreciation of private gardens and accessible parks and open spaces. These disruptive shocks accelerate change that we would usually plan for over 15-year local plan cycles or 1-2 political cycles. As we move into the next phase of the pandemic, while we still need to plan to meet the housing crisis, we also need to plan for the different ways in which we will choose to live, work and play as a result of the last 18 months and in the context of COP26 later this year. As practitioners in housing, and all the myriad of spaces in which housing sits, we need to ask how does this affect us and should we be doing anything different?