Big hitters to take on the environmental challenge

Published:  09 May, 2012

STOKE-ON-TRENT: Some of the most influential names in UK construction and green technology fields have been lined up for a major conference in Stoke-on-Trent.

The event on 17 May will launch the conference programme at the new Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) and outline a blueprint for the refurbishment of properties in the UK.

The national centre of excellence has been development to provide a training hub for the green refurbishment industry.

Delegates at the 17 May event will be given a chance to debate a major new piece of research commissioned by CoRE on how the UK construction industry can respond to the need to make our homes greener and meet higher carbon reduction standards.

The report - Fabric First and Refurbishment Excellence: Up-skilling to Deliver the Green Deal and Beyond – has been compiled by Dr Andrew Ainsworth of research specialists Room 4 consulting.

He will be joined by a panel of speakers including, Jonathan Davis, the chief executive of CoRE; Lynne Sullivan OBE, a leading expert in sustainable design; Dr Peter Bonfield, chief executive of BRE, which developed the internationally recognised BREEAM standard of environmental assessment; Ted Miller, head of operational learning at E.ON; Stephen Passmore, technical delivery manager at the Energy Savings Trust; Neil May, chief executive of Natural Building Technologies; Fran Bradshaw, partner at Anne Thorne Architects, Jane Forshaw, assistant director of City Services at Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Pat Bowen, future skills manager for Construction Skills the UK Sector Skills Council for Construction.

Mr Davis said: “Our first CoRE conference is set to be a fascinating and informative event. We have lined-up a panel which includes some of the foremost professionals in architecture and the refurbishment industry to debate how we go beyond the Government’s Green Deal to provide UK residents with low carbon housing fit for the future.

“CoRE’s research provides real solutions and will be of value to the construction industry in shaping how they train and equip their staff to meet new environmental targets.

“We have also planned a Question Time style debate where delegates can quiz the expert panel.”

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