What a cracker of a week we have had this week at Celotex! With Christmas just around the corner, Monday saw the start of some Christmas preparation and decoration, with our reception Christmas tree being put up by our lovely lady, Lin. Not to mention the annual pink lights sparkling above the entrance and shining on what would turn out to be a bright week.
Another highlight was the prestigious Construction Marketing Awards 2014 which happened Wednesday evening. We’ll be bringing out a blog shortly with some details on the superb results of this so keep your eyes peeled.
So, we move on to Thursday and the topic of this blog. What was so good about Thursday, I hear you ask? Well, not only is it a significant step in the right direction to the weekend, but it also brought ‘The Route to Zero Carbon’ Webinar, with Celotex and Ecobuild. With close to 700 registered and almost 400 live attendees seemingly engaged to the topic, the 2014 webinar was a successful feature to what has proven to be a busy year for Celotex. Phil Clark (chair) was joined by an expert panel from the Zero Carbon Hub, Celotex and H + H UK Ltd, to find out about the journey Zero Carbon has taken to date, where we are now and how we can achieve the Government’s 2016 target.
First up was Head of Technical at Celotex, Rob Warren discussing ‘Why does ‘Nothing’ matter?’ in respect to Zero Carbon. Here is an insight in to how Rob’s presentation took shape:
What actually is Zero?
Mostly, it’s easy to define. From zero fat yoghurt through to a zero percent interest rate, it is an easy concept to grasp, but there is a considerable degree of uncertainty around what actually makes a zero carbon house.
The Evolution of Zero Carbon.
Beginning in 2006 and introduced by the Labour Government, Rob discusses the route Zero Carbon has taken and the level of uncertainty surrounding it until this point in 2014.
Part L Zero Carbon & The Election
Mention of the Zero Carbon Triangle and the three steps to Zero Carbon
Zero Carbon & The Future
The next section features the likelihood that if Part L changes in 2016 then it may well look like the original proposal for Part L 2013 and focus will likely continue on ‘The Performance Gap’.
The definition of Zero Carbon matters as it will shape tomorrow’s Regulations and will affect how we design, specify, construct and live in new dwellings. It looks like Code Level 4 will be the new Zero Carbon definition. Watch the next Government closely for clarity on Zero Carbon. It will help us all.
Our second guest speaker of the morning was Graham Sargeant who is the Applications Research Manager at H+H UK Ltd and gave a great overview of, ‘The role of Fabric First in the route to Zero Carbon – The AIMC4 approach.’ This was Graham’s first webinar with us and it was brilliant to have him on board to discuss the work AIMC4 has done/is doing and the place it has in zero carbon.
The presentation covered what exactly the ground breaking project AIMC4 is, who was involved and an introduction of the challenges that were involved. It also looked at an insight in to what was constructed and the realistic technical solutions that it achieved. This presentation also explored the relevance of the occupier/home owner in AIMC4 and their role in achieving Zero Carbon.
Remember, you can catch up on the full presentation here: The Route to Zero Carbon Catch-Up
The final speaker of the morning was Projects Director at the Zero Carbon Hub, Ross Holleron who tackled the topic, ‘Making Zero Carbon Mainstream.’ Following an introduction to the Hub, he explained the role of the Zero Carbon Hub going forward and their work with new homes and existing homes. Ross has featured in a previous webinar so it was great to have Ross with us again for an expert view on the part that the Zero Carbon Hub will have to play going forward in this transition to lower emissions for the sake of a sustainable planet.
So there’s a brief overview of discussion. To watch the full webinar, it is available for FREE here. Thanks again to those that tuned in live to catch the event and we are already looking forward to hosting our next webinar.