The aim of the Good Homes Alliance Vanguard Campaign is to encourage and support local authorities, housing associations and developers to adopt enhanced sustainability standards for new homes and to help them respond to Climate Emergency declarations.

Over the last two years, over 200 delegates have attended campaign events across the UK and a new Local Authority Vanguard network has been launched to share learning and best practice between like-minded organisations.

This afternoon seminar is the first to be held in Wales and provides the opportunity for attendees to hear from industry colleagues about their experiences of delivering to higher standards, to raise questions and to network with an invited audience. Chaired by Lynne Sullivan OBE the event aims to draw further insights from the Welsh context from speakers and via interaction with delegates.

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13:30   Registration

14:00   Welcome from Design Commission for Wales – Carole-Anne Davies, Chief Executive, Design Commission for Wales

14:10   Introduction to the GHA Vanguard Campaign and lessons learned to date – Lynne Sullivan OBE, Chair, Good Homes Alliance

14:20   Innovative Housing Programme: Objectives and design quality challenges – Gayna Jones, Chair, Design Commission for Wales & Chair of the Innovative Housing Programme Wales

14:40   Transforming Construction challenge and ‘Net Positive’ demonstrations – Jonny Williams, Head of Projects, Active Building Centre

15:00   Innovative construction, net zero objectives and Welsh housing case studies – Gary Newman, Chief Executive, Woodknowledge Wales

15:20   Refreshment break

15:50   Addressing the performance gap through design approach and lessons from post-occupancy monitoring – Paul Neep, Associate, Architype

16:10   Lessons learned from Exeter Passivhaus developments – Emma Osmundsen, Managing Director, Exeter City Living

16:30   Final discussion: What’s next for your organisation on enhanced housing standards and how can the GHA help?

17:30 Close, followed by informal drinks and networking

Event information

Booking: Via Eventbrite, £10 registration fee.


If you have any queries about the event, please email Richard Broad at

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