Join Good Homes Alliance, British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA), Pollard Thomas Edwards and expert speakers for the launch of a new design guide on shading for housing.

The project has been commissioned by Good Homes Alliance and British Blind and Shutter Association, and is supported by Ballymore, Caribbean Blinds, Guthrie Douglas and Louvolite. The guidance is aimed at a range of stakeholders including architects, local authorities, housing associations, private developers, and policy makers.

The work has been led by an experienced team at award-winning architect Pollard Thomas Edwards, including sustainability lead Tom Dollard, author of ‘Designed to Perform’, and Passivhaus designer Joseba Perez. The wider project team includes renowned engineering firm Max Fordham; Rajat Gupta, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change at Oxford Brookes University, and construction consultants, Martin Arnold.

A steering group* of industry experts and stakeholders from across the sector has supported the development of the guide, with representatives from Architype, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, CIBSE, ECD Architects, Martin Arnold, NDM Heath, OxPlace, Sovereign, TOWN and Urban Light Surveyors.

About the guide

The purpose of this guide is to embed a new culture – among building makers of all stripes – in which shading is central to a building’s design and built-in from the start. It is anchored by a detailed study of the best design-led shading products that architects can specify today. The guide also provides a history of shading design in the UK, explores UK-specific challenges in shading design and wraps up with best practice advice.

The product section provides detailed information to help users to select the right product for a building’s shading needs. Each product page features a brief description, a table detailing its functionality, an in situ product photograph, a ‘performance web’ visualising a product’s strengths and weaknesses and, where relevant, an architect’s comment on a product’s added value.

Key details

Date: Thursday 9th November 2023

Time: 17:30-19:30

Venue: Pollard Thomas Edwards, Diespeker Wharf, 38 Graham Street, London, N1 8JX

Tickets: Free, registration essential

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*Full steering group list: Andrew Chalk, British Blind and Shutter Association; Dave Bush, British Blind and Shutter Association; Zoe deGrussa, British Blind and Shutter Association; Richard Broad, Good Homes Alliance; Julian Brooks, Good Homes Alliance; Rajat Gupta, Oxford Brookes University; Chris Martin, Martin Arnold; Anastasia Mylona, The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE); Belen Alemany, Energy Conscious Design Architects (ECD); Debbie Haynes, OxPlace; Emma Davies, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service; Nicholas Heath, NDM Heath; Gregory Francis, Urban Light Surveyors; Adrian Coe, Urban Light Surveyors; Richard Young, Sovereign; Steve Birtles, Louvolite; Stuart Dantzic, Caribbean Blinds; Andy Kitching, Guthrie Douglas; Aaron Caffrey, Ballymore; Bryn Marler, Ballymore; Neil Murphy, TOWN; Seb Laan Lomas, Architype.

Launch event – Shading for housing: Design guide for a changing climate

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