Join Advantage Austria and Good Homes Alliance for an exciting, FREE-to-attend, knowledge exchange webinar, showcasing best practice low energy and net zero housing developments and product solutions from both the UK and Austria.


The UK Government has set targets for zero carbon by 2050 and is introducing a number of policy papers and incentives. It is debatable how far these alone will take us on the road to zero carbon. To achieve real progress requires a proactive approach from participants in the market.

Join us for a discussion with leading UK and Austrian low carbon practitioners and find out how you can reap the benefits of taking action now.

You will hear UK case studies from Emma Osmundsen at the eco-pioneering Exeter Council and Richard Partington, architect of Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s Derwenthorpe development, an exemplar of energy efficient community development and environmental enhancement.

From Austria, Günther Jedliczka will share his motivations and experiences of delivering nearly zero carbon residential buildings as a client in his role as founder and director of the Austrian not-for-profit student accommodation supplier OeAD student housing. What lessons can we learn from the Austrian model?

Finally, there a will be series of short presentations from Austrian green building solution providers.

We encourage you to submit your questions and comments before and during the event as we are looking forward to an engaging discussion.

This event is delivered by Advantage Austria with support from the Good Homes Alliance, as part of our Build Net Zero NOW campaign.


10:00 Welcome from Advantage Austria

10:05 – 10:35 UK perspectives

10:05 Delivering Passivhaus for over a decade – Getting ahead of policy to deliver real results

Emma Osmundsen, Managing Director, Exeter City Living

Emma Osmundsen is the Managing Director of Exeter City Living, the development arm of Exeter City Council, and a passionate advocate of Passivhaus design.

Exeter is at the forefront of bringing about change within the construction industry and started on their Passivhaus journey in 2010. Over the past decade they have steadily continued to build in this way, with 1,000 Passivhaus homes in the pipeline to be built over the next five years.

But it’s not just about housing. A new Passivhaus leisure centre – St Sidwell’s Point – is set to open in Exeter later this year, the first of its kind in the UK. Join us to hear more about Exeter’s low carbon ambitions!

10:20 Holistic approaches to net zero housing – Social wellbeing, biodiversity and more

Richard Partington, Founder & Director, Studio Partington

The Derwenthorpe housing development in Yorkshire stands out as an exceptional exercise in place-making and a rigorous exemplar of sustainable housebuilding.

The project demonstrates a real and analytical commitment to sustainability. Its approach encompasses community and social wellbeing, passive design and active technologies. Its reach goes beyond the buildings into the consideration of the local environment, both in terms of water usage/ attenuation/ biodiversity, as well as the types of spaces and amenities it provides for inhabitants.

Hear from architect Studio Partington on lessons learned from the multi award-winning development and a look ahead to exciting new low carbon projects.

10:35 – 10:50 Austria perspectives

10:35 Delivery zero carbon student housing – experiences from Austria’s leading student housing provider

Günther Jedliczka, CEO, OeAD Student Housing

In Austria building occupants expect energy efficiency. Günther, MD of Austria’s leading student housing provider, will explain his motivations and experiences in delivering over and above the required level. All OeAD student homes are Passivhaus standard. We explore the challenges and the benefits.

10:50 Technology presentations from Austrian representatives

  • Stuart Prause, Isocell – airtight insulation
  • Stig Andersen, Etherma – radiant heating systems
  • Markus Pichler, Redbloc systems  – automated element prefabrication lines
  • Markus Luisser, Rheologic – 3D climate modelling

11:10 Q&A/Panel discussion

11:30 Close

Key details

Date: Tuesday 22nd February 2022

Time: 10:00-11:30 (UK time)

Location: Online (MS Teams)

Costs: Free, registration essential


Build Net Zero NOW: UK – Austria Knowledge Exchange

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