Following our sold-out Delivering Net Zero Homes series, we’ve launched a new series of hour-long interactive tutorials with guest industry experts on how to deliver healthy homes.

The presenters will discuss a number of key issues in the delivery of healthy homes including indoor air quality, ventilation, overheating, acoustics and placemaking.

All tutorials take place on Tuesdays from 11:00-12:00 and we have confirmed four tutorials (2nd June, 9th June, 16th June and 30th June) with leading experts in their fields.

Confirmed tutorials

Overheating | Tuesday 2nd June, 11:00-12:00

With Julie Godefroy, Sustainability Consultant

An introduction to the GHA Overheating in New Homes tool and guidance – A free-to-use tool to help planners and design teams identify and mitigate overheating risks in new homes at an early stage.

Key factors contributing to overheating risk – solar gains, inadequate ventilation, acoustics ricks, Urban Heat Island Effect and more.

Overheating mitigation measures – Blue/green infrastructure, shading, thermal mass, night purge ventilation and more.

Julie co-authored our Overheating in New homes tool and guidance document alongside Susie Diamond (Inkling) in 2019.

Acoustics | Tuesday 9th June, 11:00-12:00

With Jack Harvie-Clark, Managing Director, Apex Acoustics

Current industry problems from the silo approach to design for Internal Environmental Quality

A new holistic approach – the Acoustics, Ventilation, Overheating: Residential Design Guide

How the AVO Guide assists clients, planning authorities & designers

Passive design solutions for noisy environments

Risks of noise from domestic mechanical ventilation systems

Jack was one of the main authors of the AVO Guide, launched in January 2020.

Placemaking | Tuesday 16th June, 11:00-12:00

With Neil Murphy, Founding Director, TOWN

Community led co-housing developments for improved physical and mental wellbeing

Healthy neighbourhood design – Car-free streets, shared gardens, communal spaces and more

Intelligent use of green infrastructure for play, relaxation, ecological enhancement and rainwater management

TOWN developed the award-winning Marmalade Lane co-housing development in Cambridge.

Indoor Air Quality & Ventilation | Tuesday 30th June, 11:00-12:00

With Tim Sharpe, Head of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

Ventilation and health: What are the challenges?

Studies into ventilation systems in homes, including natural, decentralised Mechanical Extraction System (dMEV) and Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR)

Professor Tim Sharpe is Head of Architecture at Strathclyde University and one of the leading experts on indoor air quality and ventilation.

Previously he was Professor of Environmental Architecture, Head of Architectural Technology, Senior Researcher at the MSA and Director of the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU).

One of the latest evolutions in ventilation technology is the decentralised Mechanical Extraction System (dMEV). (Image credit: Zehnder).

Booking information

Individual tutorial costs:

– GHA members – £10 (+ VAT)
– Members of partner organisations* – £15 (+ VAT)
– General admittance – £20 (+ VAT)

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

How to book

For individual tutorial bookings: Click ‘BOOK NOW’ below, choose your tutorial and click ‘Tickets’, choose your ticket type and quantity, then click ‘Checkout’.

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