Date: Tuesday 14th Sept Time: 13:00 – 15:00 Location: Online (Zoom)

Event summary

Please join the Good Homes Alliance for the third in a series of online events, held in conjunction with our Build Net Zero NOW campaign.

Following sessions on ‘Net zero and the role of MMC’ and ‘Net zero housing and embodied carbon‘, at this webinar we will explore the latest developments for net zero housing and green finance.

Confirmed speakers

Brendan Sarsfield, Chair, Sustainability for Housing (SfH) board

Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing

Brendan Sarsfield is the new chair of the new Sustainability for Housing (SfH) board. Brendan will leave his Chief Executive role at housing association Peabody this summer and will be responsible for promoting and embedding the new Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing (SRS), which aims to promote social housing as an attractive option for private capital investments in environmental, social and governance (ESG) sectors.

Karl Harder, Founder & Managing Director, Abundance Investment

Local Climate Bonds – Allowing local authorities to raise capital to fund green initiatives

Local Climate Bonds, a type of ‘community municipal investment’, allow local authorities to raise capital to fund specific initiatives in their neighbourhoods. Abundance has calculated that these bonds could raise as much as £3 billion if issued by the 343 local authorities in England.

Before founding Abundance Investment, Karl was a parliamentary researcher and also founded a green business which helped pioneer the London Living Wage. After 5 years he recognised that finance was the key barrier to creating a more equal and environmentally sustainable world, so left to study for an MBA at Imperial College and to pursue the idea that became Abundance.

Ian Rigarlsford​, External Affairs Manager, Ecology Building Society

Building a greener society – Green finance for community led housing schemes, SME developers and LA/HA shared ownership

Over the past 30 years, Ecology Building Society has lent to over 3,500 building projects, supporting individuals, charities, environmental businesses and community-led housing organisations to realise their sustainable living ambitions.

About the campaign

The campaign was formally launched at a Good Homes 2020 conference session on 3rd November 2020 and will run throughout 2021. The aim is to showcase how new homes can be built at scale to net zero standards now, rather than by 2025 or 2030. This ambition is shared by many GHA members, including members of our local authority Vanguard Network and housing association Pathfinder Network, that are set to build 120,000+ new homes over the next 10 years.

Key information and booking

Date: Tuesday 14th September

Time: 13:00-15:00

Location: Online (Zoom)

Registration fees (All fees exclusive of VAT):

  • £10.00 for GHA members
  • £17.50 for members of partner organisations*
  • £25.00 for non-members

*Partner organisations – AECB, Building Performance Network, Passivhaus Trust, STBA, The Green Register, The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, Woodknowledge Wales.

Booking: Registration via Eventbrite –

A few days before the event, registered attendees will receive an email directly from the GHA with further information and joining instructions.


Further information: Please contact Richard Broad, Projects & Communications Manager, GHA –

Build Net Zero NOW: Net Zero Housing and Green Finance

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