The Good Homes Alliance and The Green Register presents a 2.5 hour seminar on this critical issue for consideration in planning, designing and building in greater harmony with our natural environment.

In the early weeks of the recent lockdown, there were numerous reports of wildlife moving back into our usually busy villages, towns and cities and many people told of how they felt re-connected to nature. More than ever, there will be demands that we plan, design and build developments where people and the natural world can thrive together.

The seminar will:

  • Set out strategy and policy for construction with respect to biodiversity
  • Explore design considerations and standards to build better for people and wildlife
  • Showcase case studies for ecological success in the built environment
  • Provide delegates with the tools to create their own action plan


9:00 Welcome from the Chair – Mike Roberts, Vice-Chair, Good Homes Alliance and Director, Vertigo Regenerative Development Consultants 

9:10 Strategic overview – Melanie Hughes, Sustainable Development Programme Director, Natural England
9.30 Declaring an ecological emergency in Bristol – Ian Barrett, Chief Executive, Avon Wildlife Trust
9:50 Integrating green infrastructure within building developments: An introduction to the Building with Nature standard – Professor Peter Madden, Chair, Building with Nature

10:10 Break

10:20 Building design and specifications for enhanced biodiversity – Brian Murphy, Director, Green Building Encyclopaedia
10.40 Biodiversity and built environment case studies – Stacey Cougill, Director, Eight Associates
11.00 Panel discussion, audience discussion, final Q&A
11:30 Close


Who is this session for?

All built environment professionals, including:

  • Planners
  • Architects
  • Landscape architects
  • Developers
  • Ecologists
  • Public health practitioners

Key information

Date: Tuesday 15th September 2020

Time: 9:00am – 11:30am (UK time/BST)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Registration: Bookings via The Green Register

Fees: GHA and TGR members – £25.00; Non-member – £35.00


Any queries?


The Biodiversity Crisis and the Built Environment

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