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Designing net zero buildings, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 09 June 2020
  • 11:30 - 12:30
Designing net zero buildings, webinar

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Join Beth Williams of Build Collective and Dr James Norman from the University of Bristol to explore the principles of net zero building design, brought to life with case studies and practical examples.

This webinar will consider approaches to designing net zero buildings and challenge engineers to consider reducing the carbon footprint of their building first, not further down the design line. It will look at current approaches. including referencing the new RIBA plan of work.

Using case studies, the webinar will look at designing with timber and PassivHaus buildings, highlighting the engineering considerations in these practical examples.

To join the webinar please click on the link that will be included in your booking confirmation email.

Image credit: Earthwise Construction.


Part 1 (10 mins) - The need for net zero - measures/standards - design approach (net zero first)
Part 2 (20 mins) - Cutting operational carbon - PassivHaus - case study
Part 3 (10 mins) - Embodied carbon - design of timber
Part 4 (20 mins) - Q&A


Beth Williams MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

Build Collective

Beth William

Beth is a Chartered Engineer and Certified PassivHaus Designer, currently the only dual-qualified structural engineer in the country! She has over 10 years’ experience in low-energy and low-carbon design and construction, with a focus on timber frame PassivHaus buildings.

Alongside practice work, Beth is a visiting tutor in the architecture schools at Bath, Cardiff and UWE. Beth is passionate about making PassivHaus simple, affordable and available to all.

Dr James Norman MEng PhD CEng MICE

Associate Professor of Sustainable Design, CAME School Education Director University of Bristol

James Norman

James worked on a number of projects as a practicing engineer before switching to academia. He has designed in steel, concrete, masonry, earth, timber, glass and straw, and he now teaches students how to design out of almost anything.

James has authored Conceptual Design of Buildings (IStructE) and Structural Timber Elements: a pre scheme design guide (TRADA). He wants to challenge engineers to consider both a wider range of materials and sustainability first when starting a design.

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United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Barbara Sweet

e: [email protected]