An event on Net Zero Buildings hosted by Scotland’s Climate Assembly in partnership with the Good Homes Alliance and the Passivhaus Trust. This event will explore Scotland’s opportunity to become a leader in transforming its built environment to tackle the climate emergency.

Scotland’s Climate Assembly is Scotland’s first citizens’ assembly focused on climate change. Grounded in the Scotland’s Climate Change Act (2019), the Assembly brought together a group of over 100 ordinary people, from across Scotland, who are broadly representative of its population. The Assembly  took on the task of learning about, discussing and making recommendations on how we can best tackle the climate emergency. In total,  the Assembly developed 16 goals and 81 recommendations, calling for radical and decisive action across all sectors of society. The recommendations were supported by an overwhelming consensus of Assembly members. The Assembly is embedded within the Scottish Parliamentary process and Scottish Ministers are required by law to respond to the recommendations within six months of the Assembly’s Report being laid in Parliament.

This event will explore some of the key themes in the Assembly’s recommendations including the Assembly’s recommendation that Scotland should improve the quality of its buildings by updating building standards to Passivhaus/Enerphit or a Scottish equivalent whilst also taking into account whole life carbon costs and wider environmental considerations. The need to design buildings that can be recycled and reused, recognising the huge amount of carbon embodied in our built environment. The Assembly also recognised that to reduce the carbon footprint of Scotland’s buildings the work carried out to improve their energy efficiency needs to be high quality to close the performance gap. 

This event presents a fantastic opportunity to explore the recommendations made by the Assembly and discuss how Scotland can take them forward to help tackle the climate emergency. As the Assembly argues in its Statement of Ambition:

 “Requires immediate action at all levels of society. If we fail to act now, we will fail our current and future generations, in Scotland and across the world.” 

The speakers joining us for this event are:

  • Lori McElroy, Smart Resilient Cities Professor, University of Strathclyde (Chair) 
  • Julian Brooks, Programmes Director, Good Homes Alliance 
  • Dr Ruth Saint, Director, Building Research Solutions
  • Sarah Lewis, Research and Policy Director, Passivhaus Trust

As with all of the Assembly’s recommendations, members believe that urgent change is needed across all of society – from governments, businesses, communities and individuals. By attending this event you are joining the discussion alongside industry leaders and innovative thinkers to consider how these recommendations can be actioned by the building industry.

Read the full report and recommendations here – https://www.climateassembly.scot/full-report.

Key information

Date: Tuesday 23rd November

Timings: 13:00-14:45

Location: Online

Registration fees: Free to attend, registration essential

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