Near the tipping point...

How industry must act NOW to avert climate disaster

BUILD NET ZERO NOW Annual Conference

Tuesday 6th February 2024 | 13:00-19:00 | The Building Centre, London

“The record-shattering heatwaves, wildfires and floods destroying lives in the US, Europe, India, China and beyond in 2023 have raised an alarming question: have humanity’s relentless carbon emissions finally pushed the climate crisis into a new and accelerating phase of destruction?”

‘Off-the-charts records’: has humanity finally broken the climate? – The Guardian, August 2023

2023 was a record-breaking year for all the wrong reasons.

The summer of 2023 was Earth’s hottest since global records began. Leading climate scientists suggest the world had not yet passed a “tipping point” for climate change, but we are getting dangerously close.

The construction industry is playing its part to decarbonise, but is it going fast and far enough?

Now, not later

Since launching in 2020, our Build Net Zero Now campaign has been calling for urgent action and the delivery of high-performing, net zero homes NOW.

Join us at Good Homes 2024 for our annual Build Net Zero Now conference for debates, expert insight, exhibition and networking as we discuss:



12:30 Registration, exhibition and networking

13:00 Welcome to the conference

Lynne Sullivan OBE

Chair, Good Homes Alliance

Lynne Sullivan OBE is an award-winning architect and Chair of the Good Homes Alliance, and was awarded an OBE for services to architecture in 2011. A member of the Green Construction Board since its inception, Lynne is now a Visiting Professor and design consultant, and chairs policy reviews for UK governments and others.

13:15 Keynote speaker – “Near the tipping point…”

13:40 Session 1: Build Net Zero Now

Panel discussion: Net zero planning policy

The progressive work of local authority ‘Vanguards’ to adopt net zero planning policies that go above and beyond national standards. How are these policies being implemented in practice?​

Marina Goodyear

Senior Technical Consultant, Bioregional

Marina Goodyear is Senior Technical Consultant for Bioregional and works on research, monitoring and writing to help their partners understand how to make their business, new development or city the most sustainable it can be.

Marina’s focus is on sustainable places work with developers and local authorities. With property developers, this involves sustainability action planning for major new urban developments in the UK and Ireland, using extensive contextual analysis for each project. With local authorities, Marina helps to develop better planning policy to create low-resource, low- and zero-carbon districts. This ranges from reviews of existing local plans with an eye on carbon, climate and biodiversity, through to producing evidence and guidance on which entirely new policy can be designed.

Alongside this, Marina has also been part of the team co-ordinating Bioregional’s One Planet Cities project since 2018; writing guidance documents, organising international peer-networking webinars, gathering ecological footprint data for Oxfordshire and identifying indicators to track change, as well as helping design research to understand local authorities’ support needs.

Marina is also involved in some of Bioregional’s sustainable business work, including research into sustainable products and materials (and monitoring sales of these) for our retail client Kingfisher.

In 2016 Marina gained a distinction in MSc Environment & Sustainable Development at UCL. Her thesis explored the role of urban agriculture in making cities more resource-efficient and more socially just. UCL then invited Marina to help put together a £7m research proposal on urban inequalities which was successfully funded by the GCRF.

Emily Rubin

Principal Development Officer, Cornwall Council

Emily Rubin is a Principal Development Officer with over a decade’s experience in Cornwall Council’s Planning Policy Team where she has worked on a wide range of projects. Most recently she has been focussing on the adoption and implementation of a new policy on sustainable energy in buildings.

Celia Davis

Projects and Policy Manager, Town & Country Planning Association

Celia Davis joined the TCPA in September 2022. She is responsible for managing the TCPA’s work on climate change including guidance, advice and training for local authorities and communities.

Celia previously worked in strategic planning at the West of England Combined Authority, where she worked on policy areas including placemaking and design, health, green infrastructure and climate change. She also led the delivery of the West of England Placemaking Charter and public engagement on strategic planning projects. 

Prior to becoming a town planner Celia worked in community development, supporting people in Bristol to shape the future of their communities.

Celia has an MSc in Urban Planning from the University of the West of England and became a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) in Autumn 2022.

Panel discussion: Net zero finance

The key steps required to unlock investment and incentivise the delivery of net zero homes.

Rafe Bertram

Built Environment Sustainability Lead, Enfield Council

Rachael Hunnisett

Green Mortgage Campaign Lead, Green Finance Institute

Having started out her career as a mortgage advisor before working for a mortgage lender within business development, national accounts and new build, Rachael Hunnisett has over a decade of experience working in the mortgage sector. Rachael’s work at the Green Finance Institute see’s Rachael combining her passion for sustainability with her career. Rachael leads the Green Finance Institutes Green Mortgage Campaign as part of their Built Environment Programme with a core focus of creating a green mortgage market which is scalable and plays a significant role in improving the energy efficiency of UK housing stock.

Marylis Ramos

Director, Savills Earth (tbc)

14:50 Refreshment break, exhibition and networking

15:10 Session 2: Adaptation and regeneration

Shading for housing: Designing for a changing climate

How we must adapt and make our buildings more resilient to a changing climate, through appropriate shading design and specification, to mitigate overheating risk.​

Tom Dollard

Partner - Sustainability and Innovation, Pollard Thomas Edwards

As partner of sustainability and innovation, Tom Dollard leads PTE’s ever-evolving zero carbon culture providing project teams with training, support and inspiration. He is focused on practical, implementable solutions that ensure a building’s in-use energy performance matches the design intent.

Tom is a director of the Good Homes Alliance, a member of the CIBSE homes for the future group and has been part of various publications and research projects for Government and industry to help increase supply of low carbon homes. He is a certified Passivhaus Designer, BREEAM Accredited Professional.

His work for the Zero Carbon Hub and Building for 2050 has helped address the performance gap in the delivery of energy efficient homes. A second printing of Tom’s best-selling 2018 book for RIBA, “Designed to Perform: An illustrated guide to delivering energy efficient homes” will be published in 2022.

Enhancing biodiversity in housing developments

The vital role for housebuilders in enhancing biodiversity in new housing developments.

Sue Young

Head of Land Use Planning, The Wildlife Trusts

Sue Young leads on Land Use Planning for The Wildlife Trusts. She works to influence national planning policy and legislation, helping to put nature at the heart of spatial land use planning.

Sue provides a strategic lead on the planning work of The Wildlife Trusts movement, supporting 46 Wildlife Trusts to work with business and local government to protect and restore nature through the planning system. This also includes improving access to nature so everyone can enjoy and benefit from natural greenspaces where they live.

She has a scientific background and researched urban ecology before joining the Wildlife Trusts almost 20 years ago. One of her first roles involved integrating nature into the Thames Gateway regeneration before leading nature conservation and policy work at Kent Wildlife Trust. She joined the central team at The Wildlife Trusts five years ago.

Overcoming water supply and demand issues

How to overcome ever-increasing water supply/demand issues and improve water quality.

George Warren

Integrated Water Manager, Anglian Water

With an engineering background and experience in consultancy, local government and a water utility, George Warren believes that partnership working is the only way to address the challenges facing us all in managing water more sustainably within the UK.

Within his current role, George is bringing together water resources, wastewater and environmental planning to identify more holistic water management opportunities across the region. He leads on the delivery of the Ofwat Innovation funded Enabling Water Smart Communities project, which identifies and addresses the barriers to delivering integrated water management within new housing development.

Prior to joining Anglian Water in 2021, George led on surface water management at the Greater London Authority where he focussed on policy writing and the promotion of retrofitting SuDS across London, for which he was recognised with the 2020 UK Susdrain SuDS Champion award.

He has been involved in several award-winning retrofit projects ranging from more conceptual pieces to large regeneration projects with a particular focus on retrofitting of SuDS within highways. He is the past chair of the London Drainage Engineers Group (LoDEG) and the Association of SuDS Authorities (ASA) Reference Group.

16:20 Refreshment break, exhibition and networking

16:40 Session 3: Collective action to accelerate change

Facilitated pitch session and debate to develop ‘A new manifesto for housing’

How collective action can influence future policy and accelerate change - championing net zero, healthy homes, community led housing, embodied carbon, building performance, and the circular economy. Can we develop ‘A new manifesto for housing’?

  1. Net zero
  2. Healthy homes
  3. Community-led housing
  4. Embodied carbon
  5. Building performance
  6. Material reuse and the circular economy

Facilitated by

Jon Bootland

Director, Sustainable Development Foundation / Chief Executive, Passivhaus Trust

Jon Bootland is Chief Executive of the Passivhaus Trust, which is the official body for promoting and protecting the Passivhaus standard in the UK. He is also Director of the Sustainable Development Foundation (SD Foundation), and has helped to establish the Good Homes Alliance (GHA), the SHINE network for sustainable healthcare buildings, the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP).

Jon has over 20 years experience in sustainability for the built environment, including previous roles at The Prince’s Foundation and CIRIA (the Construction Industry Research and Information Association).

Net zero

Julie Godefroy

Head of Net Zero Policy, CIBSE / Technical Steering Group member, UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard

Julie Godefroy is a chartered engineer. She works as Head of Sustainability for CIBSE, where she leads the work on climate action including the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard, policy work, and collaboration with other institutions for joint climate action. She also works as independent sustainability consultant, with current projects including building performance evaluation, and overheating in existing homes and retrofits.

Healthy Homes

Dr Hugh Ellis

Director of Policy, TCPA

Hugh Ellis is the TCPA’s Policy Director, so he is responsible for leading on policy development, briefings and engagement at the national level as well as regularly delivering workshops to local authorities. In 2018 he led the secretariat for the Raynsford Review, setting out a blueprint for a new planning system in England, and he has co-authored three books. Prior to joining the TCPA in 2009, Hugh was the National Planning Advisor to Friends of the Earth, before which he spent a number of years working for the Coalfield Planning Cooperative on community planning projects. 

Community-led housing

Tom Chance

Chief Executive, Community Land Trust Network

Tom Chance heads up the Community Land Trust Network and leads on its strategy and its work to mainstream the community ownership of land and affordable housing. This includes public policy and advocacy work, and building relationships with industry bodies for housing associations, developers, landowners, local authorities and community networks.

Prior to joining the Network, he worked for the Greater London Authority in housing and planning policy, and as head of office for the Green Party Group on the London Assembly. He has also worked for a sustainable construction company, and as a consultant for clients such as the All Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning, World Habitat and various local authorities.

Embodied carbon

Seb Laan Lomas

Associate and Passivhaus Designer, Architype/Coordinator, Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN)

Seb Laan Lomas joined Architype in 2021 and is an expert in sustainable design and policy, contributing to industry initiatives to decarbonise construction.

Seb is involved in various practice research initiatives on post occupancy evaluation, embodied carbon, policy and structural timber, and is a member of Architype’s climate action team. He has also worked with the City of Edinburgh Council on their EnerPHit-informed retrofit plan to decarbonize their portfolio of existing buildings.

Seb’s focus on environmental design began at the University of Cambridge, researching UK retrofit solutions. This led to a formative period studying at the Centre for Alternative Technology, followed by a post graduate degree at the University of Westminster, where he qualified as an architect. Seb is also a Certified Passivhaus Designer.

Seb is extensively involved in industry-wide networks and has been a coordinator for the Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) since 2019, co-authoring a report on decarbonising construction, developing the network’s strategic direction, and coordinating multiple national campaigns around legislation.

Building performance

George Martin

Chair, Building Performance Network

Circular economy

Katherine Adams

Technical Director, The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP)

Katherine Adams has over 20 years’ experience in sustainability and materials, mostly in the construction sector. She has recently completed a PhD at Loughborough University, looking at how a circular economy can be embedded in the building sector. She is the Technical Director and provides her expertise to the development and implementation of projects, working groups and to members. Recent and current activities with the ASBP include working on the Plastics in Construction Group, Innovate UK Projects on Steel Reuse (DISRUPT and ARMOUR), the Ecosurety funded ZAP project on plastic packaging waste in construction. She was also joint author on embodied carbon guidance for social housing organisations for Woodknowledge Wales.

Katherine, in her own capacity, works with Defra and the Green Construction Board Resources, Waste and Circular Economy Group by developing an interpretation of ‘zero avoidable waste’ in the construction sector and a roadmap on how to get there.  She undertakes consultancy projects for a number of organisations in the building sector to assist in their journey towards a circular economy. Much of Katherine’s experience was gained at BRE, where she managed the resource efficiency work area, including many projects for public and private clients, in the UK and abroad, for the provision of advice, consultancy and research in relation to the waste hierarchy. She has also been responsible for the software platform, SmartWaste, which enables the collection and analysis of environmental data on construction sites. She was also seconded to Government, to assist in the development of waste management policy and regulation. 

Katherine throughout her career, has been instrumental in raising the importance of construction resource efficiency within the UK through the development of research and the provision of data and has developed influential partnerships and networks and encouraged collaboration across the supply chain. She has also started to work at a local level and leads the Circular Economy Club for Milton Keynes, working in partnership with Clubs in Bedford and Northampton.

17:50 Closing comments from the Chair

18:00 Close, followed by drinks, networking and exhibition until 19:00


Key information

Date: Tuesday 6th February 2024

Time: Main conference sessions and exhibition from 13:00-18:00

– Registration, refreshments and exhibition from 12:30

– Evening drinks, exhibition and networking from 18:00-19:00

Ticket fees

  • £20 – GHA and BPN members
  • £40 – Members of partner organisations*
  • £60 – General admittance. All fees quoted exclusive of VAT.

25% early bird discount until end of the year (automatically applied).

* Partner organisations include: AECB, ASBP, Building Performance Network, Passivhaus Trust, South East Consortium, SuperHomes, STBA, TCPA, The Green Register, UKIEG, Woodknowledge Wales.

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The Building Centre

26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

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Call for sponsors!

Why sponsor or exhibit?

  • Support us in our aim of ‘catalysing the delivery of high-performance net zero homes and places which enable happy and healthy lives.’
  • Raise awareness of your organisation and position yourself at the forefront of the sustainability agenda.
  • Engage with up to in-person 100 attendees during conference networking sessions during registration (30 mins), refreshment breaks (40 mins) and post-conference drinks (1 hr).
  • Attendees expected to attend from across the sector including local authorities, housing associations, developer, architects, policy makers, and solution providers.
  • Be part of a comprehensive marketing campaign before, during and post-conference. GHA will be publicising the event via regular mailings, press releases, blog posts and more to our mailing list, press contacts and partner organisations**.


£ 2,000
  • Packages available - 1
  • Exhibition space
  • No. of complimentary conference tickets - 6
  • Listing on GHA website: Yes – prominent logo on conference opening header on event webpage
  • Discount code for staff/clients/guests to attend at reduced rate (50% off) - Up to 8 guests
  • Mention in press releases to our comprehensive press contact list: Yes – in opening paragraph.
  • Branding on conference slides
  • Short welcome to the conference delegates following chair’s introduction


£ 1,500
  • Packages available - 2
  • Exhibition space
  • No. of complimentary conference tickets - 4
  • Listing on GHA website: Yes – logo on conference opening header on event webpage
  • Discount code for staff/clients/guests to attend at reduced rate (50% off) - Up to 6 guests
  • Mention in press releases to our comprehensive press contact list: Yes – in opening paragraphs.
  • Branding on conference slides


£ 1,000
  • Packages available - 3
  • Exhibition space
  • No. of complimentary conference tickets - 2
  • Listing on GHA website: Yes – logo on conference opening header on event webpage
  • Discount code for staff/clients/guests to attend at reduced rate (50% off) - Up to 4 guests
  • Mention in press releases to our comprehensive press contact list: Yes – in opening paragraphs.
  • Branding on conference slides


£ 300*
  • Packages available - 5-10
  • Exhibition space
  • No. of complimentary conference tickets - 1
  • Listing on GHA website: Yes - logo on event webpage
  • Discount code for staff/clients/guests to attend at reduced rate (50% off) - Up to 2 guests
  • Mention in press releases to our comprehensive press contact list: Yes – in body of text.

To enquire about sponsoring or exhibiting at the GHA 2024 Conference, contact:

Richard Broad, Projects & Communications Manager –

** Partner organisations include: AECB, ASBP, Building Performance Network, Passivhaus Trust, South East Consortium, SuperHomes, STBA, TCPA, The Green Register, UKIEG, Woodknowledge Wales.

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