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15 & 16 May 2023

15 May

Reviving neighborhoods: Designing and delivering spaces that contribute to the community

In an era where community wellbeing is paramount, this webinar explores the essential elements of creating spaces that not only serve their primary functions but actively contribute to the prosperity and vitality of the communities they inhabit.

The session will delve into how re-engaging high streets, the creation of communal greenspaces and the optimisation of publicly accessible buildings can improve the lives of who those who use them

Key highlights:

Community-centric design: Learn about the principles of community-centric design that go beyond aesthetics, focusing on functionality and inclusivity to ensure that public spaces cater to the diverse needs and aspirations of the people they serve.

Engaging stakeholders: Understand the importance of engaging community members, local businesses, and other stakeholders in the design and development process. Explore successful strategies for fostering collaboration and ensuring the genuine representation of community voices.

Sustainable urban planning: Delve into sustainable urban planning practices that prioritise environmental stewardship, resource efficiency, and the creation of resilient and livable spaces. Discover how thoughtful planning can positively impact both the environment and the well-being of residents.

Innovative public spaces: Explore case studies of innovative public spaces around the world that have successfully revitalised communities. From urban parks and recreational areas to mixed-use developments, uncover the strategies behind their success.

Economic empowerment: Examine how community-focused developments can stimulate economic growth and empower local businesses. Discover ways in which strategic planning and design can contribute to job creation, entrepreneurship, and overall economic upliftment.

Social impact metrics: Learn about measuring the social impact of community revitalisation projects. Understand the importance of establishing key performance indicators to assess the success of initiatives and ensure sustained positive outcomes.

How do we deliver social value through the housing sector?

The pivotal role the housing industry plays in shaping the well-being and resilience of people and communities. It is therefore important that those designing, developing and delivering new homes is considering the wider impact they can have through the projects.

In this session, we delve into strategies, innovations, and best practices aimed at maximising the delivery of social value through housing projects.

Key points for discussion include:

Community-centric housing: Uncover approaches to design and develop housing projects that go beyond mere structures, placing a strong emphasis on community wellbeing, inclusivity, and fostering a sense of belonging.

Affordable housing solutions: Explore innovative models and strategies for delivering affordable housing without compromising on quality, ensuring that diverse socio-economic groups have access to secure and comfortable living environments.

Social impact metrics: Understand how to measure the social value created by housing initiatives, incorporating metrics that assess economic empowerment, improved living conditions, and enhanced community connections.

Collaborative stakeholder engagement: Explore the importance of engaging stakeholders, including local communities, governmental bodies, and private enterprises, to ensure that housing projects are aligned with the needs and aspirations of the people they serve.

Ethical considerations in housing delivery: Discuss the ethical considerations associated with housing development, emphasising fair housing practices, equitable access, and culturally sensitive approaches that prioritise the wellbeing of diverse communities.

16 May

Material matters: Navigating the human impact of materials in construction

We spend 90% of our time indoors and yet many have little understanding of how the material specifications in our environments are impacting our health and wellbeing. The link between the spaces we occupy and human health is crucial, from the healing power of nature and the need for natural light to the impact specification has on the air we breathe. 

This session will look to explore the compelling call for human-centred design, hearing from experts in the industry as they share research and case studies that exemplify unrivalled inclusivity and put humans back at the heart of design.

With mould still making UK headlines, there is no doubt that the products, systems and materials we specify have the most significant impact when creating healthy homes. This webinar is a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders who are actively shaping the discourse on health-centric design and construction.

The panel will look to explore the following aspects: 

  • How the design of our built environment and material choices impact human health, wellbeing and safety
  • Why it’s crucial to shift towards human-centric design principles and how this approach fosters inclusivity 
  • The role of nature in design and construction and its impact on human wellbeing
  • Interior specification choices and the implications on indoor air quality

Building impact: Measuring social value and crafting enduring legacies in construction projects

At a time when construction firms are increasingly being judged, both through procurement and delivery, for the role they play in shaping communities, it is now more important than ever that social value impacts are measurable and long lasting.

This session aims to explore the essential strategies and methodologies for effectively measuring social value and leaving a lasting legacy from built environment projects.

Key discussion points include:

Strategic social impact metrics in construction: Explore specialised metrics and methodologies tailored for construction projects that go beyond traditional measures. Understand how to quantify and qualify the social impact of construction initiatives, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation.

Community-centric construction practices: Learn how to align construction objectives with the needs and aspirations of local communities. Discover strategies to engage stakeholders, foster inclusivity, and build projects that contribute meaningfully to the social fabric of the areas they serve.

Sustainable construction legacies: Uncover the principles of sustainable construction that extend beyond the physical structures. Explore how thoughtful planning, resource management, and community engagement can contribute to a construction legacy that stands as a testament to long-term positive change.

Stakeholder collaboration in construction: Delve into effective stakeholder engagement strategies within the construction context. Understand how collaborative partnerships with local communities, businesses, and authorities can enhance the social value of construction projects and create a collective force for transformative impact.

Approaches to measuring social value: Explore an array of methodologies, including quantitative metrics such as economic contributions and infrastructure enhancements with qualitative assessments to provide a comprehensive understanding of the broader societal impact and transformative effects of projects.

Net Zero Live

9 May 2024

11.00am - noon

Reaching net zero: How to maximise commercial retrofits

As the urgency to address climate change intensifies, retrofitting existing commercial buildings plays a pivotal role in achieving net zero goals. This is particularly evident when considering the fact that, according to the UKGBC, approximately 70% of the UK’s non-residential building stock constructed before the year 2000.

In this session you will join industry experts as they share insights, strategies, and real-world examples that showcase the critical factors in successfully retrofitting commercial spaces for a more sustainable future.

Key discussion points include:

1. Net zero imperative: Navigating the path to sustainability
– Gain an understanding of the importance of net zero in commercial retrofit projects and its role in contributing to global sustainability goals.
– Explore the environmental impact of retrofitting existing structures and the potential for significant carbon reduction.

2. Holistic approach to retrofitting: Beyond energy efficiency
– Uncover the key considerations beyond energy efficiency, including water conservation, indoor air quality, and sustainable materials.
– Learn how a holistic approach ensures a comprehensive and sustainable transformation in commercial retrofit projects.

3. Energy-efficient technologies: Retrofitting for performance
– Delve into the latest energy-efficient technologies, materials and innovations available for retrofitting commercial spaces.
– Explore case studies that highlight the successful integration of technologies to optimise energy performance and reduce operational costs.

4. Financial considerations and incentives
– Understand the financial aspects of commercial retrofits, including initial investment, long-term savings, and available incentives.
– Explore funding mechanisms, grants, and government incentives that make net zero commercial retrofits financially viable.

5. Engaging stakeholders: Collaboration for success
– Explore the importance of stakeholder engagement in successful commercial retrofit projects.
– Learn effective strategies for involving tenants, building owners, and the community in the net zero journey.

Materials matter: How are advancements in low-carbon construction products driving the net zero agenda?

In a time where sustainable practices are at the forefront of global development, this webinar will explore the latest innovations, technologies, and materials that are reshaping the landscape of construction.

This session will unpack how the latest innovations in materials production and manufacture is impacting the built environment’s pursuit of net zero. It will also explore the interplay between innovation in the pursuit of sustainability with regulatory reform and technological innovation.

Key highlights:

Cutting-edge materials: Discover the most recent breakthroughs in low-carbon construction materials, including eco-friendly concrete alternatives, sustainable insulation, and revolutionary composites designed to reduce environmental impact.

Environmental impact assessment: Gain valuable insights into the life cycle analysis of these materials, examining their carbon footprint and assessing how they contribute to overall sustainability goals in the construction industry.

Technological integration: Explore how technology is playing a pivotal role in advancing low-carbon construction materials, from smart sensors for monitoring building performance to innovative manufacturing processes that minimise resource usage.

Regulatory landscape: Stay informed about the latest regulations and standards driving the adoption of low-carbon construction materials globally. Understand how these regulations are shaping the industry and influencing construction practices.

Future outlook: Get a glimpse into the future of construction with insights from industry experts on upcoming trends, research initiatives, and potential breakthroughs that could further revolutionise low-carbon construction.

Housing Today Live is back and bigger than ever in 2024.
This year the Housing Today Live programme will feature quarterly, CPD accredited events, including a mix of webinar, roundtable and conference sessions.
On top of this each event will have a tie in with our most recent quarterly Housing Today Boardroom exclusive research.
The first of these events is set to take place on 28 March and will include a series of virtual sessions covering some of the biggest topics for the UK housing sector.
Explore the agenda and register for the free-to-attend sessions below
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Thursday 28 March


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Navigating transformation: A deep dive into the regulatory reform driven by Awaab’s Law

In an era of constant change, housing providers face evolving challenges and opportunities that demand a nuanced understanding of the regulatory landscape. Awaab’s Law, which was introduced in the landmark Social Housing Regulation Act 2023, requires landlords to investigate and fix reported health hazards within specified timeframes.

In this session we will unpack what these changes are, what they mean for housing providers and how they can be best tackled.

Key points include:

Introduction to Awaab’s Law:
– Gain a comprehensive understanding of the key provisions and objectives of Awaab’s Law
– Explore the implications of the regulatory changes on housing providers

Navigating compliance challenges:
– Delve into the specific compliance requirements mandated by Awaab’s Law.
– Learn practical strategies for housing providers to ensure seamless adherence to the new regulations.

Impact on housing operations:
– Examine how Awaab’s Law is set to reshape the landscape of housing operations.
– Discuss potential challenges and identify proactive measures for effective operational management.

Best practice for implementation:
– Hear from industry experts on successful case studies and best practices in implementing regulatory reforms.
– Obtain actionable insights on aligning your organization with the spirit of Awaab’s Law.

Speakers include:
Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Helen Buchan
Head of product


Understanding the impact of sustainability regulatory changes on the UK housing sector

As the world strives towards a more sustainable future, the housing industry finds itself at the forefront of transformative shifts. From new EPC rating requirements, to the Future Homes Standard, there is no shortage of challenges facing those building and managing the country’s housing stock.

In this session, our expert panel will provide a guide to the intricacies of the regulatory landscape, providing valuable insights to help navigate and thrive in the era of green building.

Green building standards: Explore the evolving standards and certifications that are set to shape the future of the UK housing sector. Understand how compliance with these standards can not only enhance environmental performance but also boost the market value of properties.

Energy efficiency mandates: Uncover the latest energy efficiency requirements and mandates affecting residential properties. Learn about innovative technologies and practices that can help you meet and exceed these standards, leading to reduced operational costs and a lower carbon footprint.

Circular economy principles: Gain a deep understanding of the circular economy principles that are gaining prominence in the housing sector. Discover how adopting circular practices can not only contribute to sustainability but also create opportunities for cost savings and resource efficiency.

Financial implications: Delve into the financial aspects of sustainability in the housing sector. Our experts will discuss potential funding opportunities, incentives, and the economic benefits associated with adopting green practices. They will also discuss the financial challenges of meeting requirements.

Risk mitigation strategies: Identify potential risks associated with non-compliance and explore effective strategies to mitigate them. Understand how staying ahead of regulatory changes can position your organisation as a leader in sustainable development.

Speakers include:
Chair: Daniel Gayne
Assemble Media Group
Richard Ellis
Director of sustainability
Lynne Sullivan
Good Homes Alliance

Interested in partnering with us on Housing Today Live?

Contact Cameron Marshall, commercial director, Assemble Media Group at
For speaker opportunities contact Jordan Marshall, special projects editor, Assemble Media Group at  

Risk & Regulations Live is back in 2024!

Join us this March for two full days of expert panel debates exploring the latest regulatory reform impacting the built environment.

Day one will consist of two webinars focused on the latest building safety changes and how they are affecting the industry.

Day two will be made up of several virtual sessions looking at the broader regulatory changes set to impact the sector in 2024. 

See below to view the full programme and register for your chosen sessions.



Navigating progress: A comprehensive review of the Building Safety Regulator’s inaugural year and its future roadmap

The Building Safety Regulator launched its new regulatory regime in April 2023. Now, almost 12 months on, this session aims to take an in-depth look at the accomplishments, challenges, and the envisioned future of the BSR. This webinar promises to highlight and explore the regulator’s impact on the construction sector thus far and highlight what future changes will mean for the sector moving forward.

Key points include:

Introduction to the Building Safety Regulator: Gain a full understanding of the Building Safety Regulator and its mandate by exploring the key areas of focus and its role in enhancing building safety standards.

Reviewing the first 12 months: Delve into a comprehensive review of the regulator’s achievements, challenges, and notable milestones, as our panel of experts analyse the regulator’s influence on the construction industry, compliance standards, and safety protocols.

Supply chain involvement: Explore how the BSR has integrated and worked with different parts of the construction supply chain and what it means to individual parts of the sector. We will also discuss what this looks like moving forward.

Case studies and impact assessment: Examine real-world case studies showcasing the Building Safety Regulator’s interventions and understand the tangible impact on construction projects and building safety across different scales.

Stakeholder perspectives: Hear from industry professionals, architects, builders, and regulatory experts about their experiences and observations, while gaining insights into how various stakeholders perceive the influence of the Building Safety Regulator.

Future roadmap and initiatives: Explore the next steps of the regulator’s regime set to come into effect in upcoming months and years, and learn about planned initiatives, reforms, and advancements that will shape the building safety landscape.

Speakers include:
Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Suzannah Nichol
Chief executive
Build UK
Vicky Saunders
Managing director
BTP Architects


Building control: Navigating the impact of regulatory changes on the wider UK sector

Building control professionals play a critical role in ensuring the safety and quality of our built environment. From April 2024 the profession will be regulated by the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) to raise industry standards and increase public trust. This will include a requirement for building control professionals to register with BSR.

In this session we will explore the transformative changes in building control regulations and their profound implications for the wider UK sector. Join us for an insightful webinar that aims to decipher the nuances of recent amendments, equipping professionals and stakeholders with the knowledge needed to thrive in this evolving regulatory landscape.

Key points include:

In-depth regulatory overview: Our expert panel will provide a detailed analysis of the recent changes to building control in the UK. From updated codes to new compliance requirements, gain a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory shifts shaping the sector.

Sector-specific insights: Tailored discussions will delve into how these changes uniquely impact various professions and sectors within construction. Whether you’re involved in residential construction, commercial development, or infrastructure projects, our experts will address the specific challenges and opportunities arising from the amended regulations.

Compliance strategies: Navigate the evolving regulatory framework with confidence. Learn about the revised compliance strategies and best practices that will ensure your projects adhere to the latest building control standards, fostering efficiency and excellence.

Technological integration: Explore the role of technology in adapting to the changes in building control. Discover innovative solutions and digital tools that can streamline processes, enhance collaboration, and facilitate compliance in the modern construction landscape.

Implications for stakeholders: Understand how the regulatory changes impact key stakeholders, including architects, developers, contractors, and local authorities. Gain insights into collaborative approaches that foster effective communication and project success.

Speakers include:

Chair: Thomas Lane
Group Technical Editor
Assemble Media Group
Gerard Cooper
Head of building control professional standards
Building Safety Regulator
Paul Jolly
Technical director
Andy Mullins
Head of quality



Unpacking change: A deep-dive into the Construction Industry Scheme reform

The sector is preparing for a shift in the tax regime that governs it thanks to the impending Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) reform. Join this webinar to gain valuable insights into the changes that will redefine the landscape for contractors, subcontractors, and industry stakeholders alike.

Key points include:

Understanding the reform: Our expert speakers will provide a comprehensive breakdown of the upcoming CIS reform, shedding light on the legislative changes and their implications for businesses operating within the construction sector.

Compliance strategies: Navigate the reform with confidence by gaining a clear understanding of the revised compliance requirements. Learn about the new obligations, reporting procedures, and how to ensure your business remains compliant in the evolving regulatory environment.

Impact on contractors and subcontractors: Delve into how the CIS reform will specifically affect contractors and subcontractors. Discover the adjustments needed in your operational and financial strategies to thrive in the transformed landscape.

Digital transformation: Explore the role of technology in adapting to the new CIS requirements. Learn about digital tools and platforms that can streamline processes, enhance efficiency, and ensure seamless compliance in the reformed CIS.

Risk mitigation strategies: Identify potential risks associated with the CIS reform and develop proactive strategies to mitigate them. Our speakers will provide practical insights and actionable tips to help you safeguard your business interests.


Decoding the implications of the new National Planning Policy Framework for the sector

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) serves as the cornerstone for planning decisions across the nation, shaping the future of development and land use.

This webinar aims to unravel the complexities of the new framework, offering a comprehensive understanding of its implications for professionals and stakeholders in various sectors.

Key points include:

Comprehensive overview: Our expert panel will provide a thorough overview of the key changes and updates within the new NPPF, offering clarity on how these modifications will shape planning policies.

Industry-specific insights: Tailored discussions will explore the direct and indirect effects of the NPPF on specific sectors. Whether you’re involved in real estate, construction, environmental planning, or related fields, our experts will address the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the framework.

Strategic planning: Learn how to strategically align your projects with the revised NPPF to maximize benefits and mitigate potential challenges. Our speakers will provide practical advice on navigating planning processes in the current regulatory landscape.

Policy interpretation: Gain insights into the nuances of policy interpretation and implementation. Understand how the NPPF may impact local planning authorities, developers, and communities, and how to navigate these changes effectively.

Speakers include:
Chair: Daniel Gayne
Assemble Media Group
Charlotte Watson
Senior policy advisor
Chris Webber
Group planning manager


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Managing and delivering Part L regulations

Part L regulatory changes and updates have introduced significant shifts in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability standards, impacting the built environment. This webinar will explore the intricacies of the latest Part L changes and provide the insights needed to effectively manage and deliver projects in this evolving landscape. 

Key highlights include:

Comprehensive overview of Part L updates

  • Dive deep into the recent changes to Part L regulations, understanding the implications for building design, energy performance, and environmental sustainability.
  • Gain clarity on the specific requirements and how they contribute to the broader goals of reducing carbon emissions and enhancing energy efficiency.

Strategies for seamless integration

  • Explore practical strategies for seamlessly integrating the latest Part L requirements into your projects, ensuring compliance without compromising design or functionality.
  • Learn from industry experts who have successfully navigated and implemented these changes in various projects.

Technological solutions for enhanced performance

  • Discover cutting-edge technologies and tools that can aid in achieving and surpassing Part L compliance.
  • Explore case studies showcasing the successful integration of innovative solutions to enhance building performance while meeting regulatory standards.

Project management best practices

  • Uncover effective project management methodologies tailored to meet the challenges posed by the updated Part L regulations.
  • Learn how to streamline processes, collaborate efficiently, and deliver projects on time and within the new energy efficiency parameters.

Future-proofing strategies

  • Anticipate future regulatory developments and understand how to implement strategies that will future-proof your projects against upcoming changes.
  • Explore opportunities for innovation and sustainable practices that align with long-term environmental goals.

Speakers include: 

Chair: Chloe McCulloch
Editorial director
Assemble Media Group
Ben Wallbank
BIM strategy & partnerships manager – EMEA
Trimble Viewpoint

For sponsorship enquiries contact Cameron Marshall, commercial director:

For speaking enquiries contact Jordan Marshall, special projects editor:

Net Zero Live

22 & 23 November 2023

Event sponsors:
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22 November


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Mind the insulation gap – why stability and continuity are key for long-term performance

A 2014 report by Zero Carbon Homes found that 16% of new-build properties showed clear evidence of the gap between designed and as-built performance. With the challenges of translating specification into practice in mind, this panel discussion explores the risks of performance gaps in insulation, the long-term implications of these, and why material specification is key to closing the gap. The panel will examine how best to secure long-term performance from a research and practical perspective.

Key discussion points will include:
  1. Importance of measured evidence and a multi-dimensional approach to specification
  2. Ensuring continuity of performance from plans to post-occupancy
  3. New test data examining the natural properties of stone wool

Speakers include:
Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Rupert Daly
Associate director & Passivhaus designer
John Gilbert Architects
James Francis
Product manager, general building insulation
Professor Will Swan
Director energy house laboratories
University of Salford


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Carbon-based decision making: To rebuild or retrofit?

In today’s rapidly changing world, sustainable building practices are no longer an option but a necessity. As architects, builders, and property owners, it’s crucial to make informed decisions that minimise the environmental impact of projects – with the decision around whether a project should be based on rebuild or retrofit principles being one of the core early decisions to be made.

In this webinar delve into the complex and critical concept of whole-life carbon assessment, which evaluates the carbon emissions associated with a building’s entire lifecycle, from construction and operation to demolition and disposal. The panel of experts will explore the intricate balance between rebuilding structures from the ground up and retrofitting existing buildings, considering both environmental and economic factors.

Speakers include:
Chair: Thomas Lane
Group technical editor
Assemble Media Group
Nick Corbyn
Chief design and development officer
The Office Group
Will Lavelle
Associate – embodied carbon lead, building design
Craig Robertson
Associate & head of sustainability
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

23 November


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Pioneering design: Combining fabric with low and zero carbon technologies in new homes

The global commitment to combat climate change is stronger than ever, and the housing sector plays a pivotal role in achieving sustainability goals. New homes represent a canvas of opportunity for integrating low and zero carbon technologies that can reduce environmental impact, whilst increasing energy efficiency and comfort, and reducing cost savings for homeowners.

But these technologies can only be effective if new homes are energy efficient and right now there’s a performance gap that threatens to undermine their success.

This webinar is your opportunity to understand the latest advancements in sustainable home design and construction, as well as the steps we must take to ensure their potential is realised. Key discussion points will include:
  1. Sustainable home design fundamentals
  2. Innovations in low and zero carbon technology
  3. Closing the performance gap to achieve energy efficiency
  4. Case studies in sustainable housebuilding

Speakers include:
Chair: Hollie Tye
Specification editor
Assemble Media Group
David Adams
Strategic advisor
Future Homes Hub
Jamie Bursnell
Group technical and innovation manager Bellway Homes
Neil Hargreaves
Managing director
Knauf Insulation Northern Europe
Tackling carbon emissions across the built environment supply chain

The built environment is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions, and addressing this issue requires a holistic approach that goes beyond individual construction projects. In this webinar, we will explore how to identify, measure, and mitigate carbon emissions across the entire supply chain, from raw material extraction to construction and operation.

Key topics to be covered:
  1. Supply chain analysis: Learn how to assess and analyse the carbon footprint of your entire supply chain, identifying key areas for improvement.
  2. Sustainable sourcing: Explore strategies for responsibly sourcing materials and products, minimising the carbon impact at the source.
  3. Green building practices: Discover innovative construction techniques and technologies that reduce emissions during the building process.
  4. Collaboration and Transparency: Understand the importance of collaboration and transparency among stakeholders in achieving carbon reduction goals.

Speakers include:
Chair: Chloe McCulloch
Editorial director
Assemble Media Group
Tim Clement
Director of sustainability
Morgan Sindall Construction
Ashwin Halaria
Associate director
Anna Lisa McSweeney
Sustainability lead
White Arkitekter
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Monday 26 June


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Supply chain management, financing, and regulatory considerations for residential MMC projects

The UK is currently facing a severe shortage of affordable homes, and many experts believe that modern methods of construction (MMC) can play a key role in addressing this challenge. Our expert panelists will discuss the current state of the housing crisis and the potential benefits of MMC for increasing the speed and efficiency of housing delivery.

They will also delve into specific examples of MMC projects from around the country, highlighting the advantages and challenges of different approaches. Our panelists will also share their insights on topics such as supply chain management, financing, and regulatory considerations for MMC projects.

Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Ron Lang
Regional director and MMC strategic lead
Olivia Burton
Senior Development Manager
London Land Group
Andrew Shepherd
Managing director

Unpacking building services specification: Sustainability, retrofit, and regulatory reform

In light of recent changes to building regulations and the heightened importance of sustainability, including the growing significance of the retrofit agenda, it is more important than ever for professionals in the housing industry to stay up-to-date on best practices for specifying building services.

This session will explore the regulatory landscape and how it affects the specification process for building services in residential buildings and examine the latest trends and innovations in sustainable design, including strategies for reducing energy use, increasing efficiency, and improving indoor air quality.

Throughout the session, our speaker Buro Happold’s Wayne Early will share insights on topics such as ventilation, heating, cooling, and lighting, highlighting the latest technologies and best practices for ensuring high-performance building services. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive discussions and ask questions, both during and before the event.

Chair: Hollie Tye
Specification editor
Assemble Media Group
Wayne Early
Buro Happold

Tuesday 27 June

By invitation only 
In-person roundtable

The Edwardian Manchester
Free Trade Hall
Peter Street, Manchester

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How can the social housing sector deliver the homes we need in the current landscape?

There is no question that the current market landscape presents the social housing sector with a plethora of challenges. From the turbulence around planning reform, building safety and net zero regulatory change, to the social housing rent cap, new consumer regulation and the general economic climate – the industry is facing a period of unprecedented flux. But it is equally true that the UK still remains in desperate need of a boost to social housing development, meaning the question becomes – how can the sector navigate the current landscape to deliver the needed homes?

In this session, chaired by head of content Carl Brown, we will discuss the challenges to housing delivery those working in social housing development are currently facing, as well as those they see to be the most significant in the short-, medium- and long-term. As part of this, we will explore the exclusive findings of the latest Housing Today Boardroom market survey, which will provide insight into the wider market’s views and current delivery rates.  Participants will also be asked to discuss what is needed to overcome these challenges and what role both government and industry have in delivering the homes the country needs.

Participants include:
Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Trina Chakravarti
Project director
Building Better
Richard Cook
Group director of development
Caroline Dove
Jane Gallifent
Development and sales director
Shelagh Grant
Chief executive
Housing Forum
Alyson Heald
Partnerships director NW
Philip Jenkins
Group development director
Martyn Jones
Executive director: Development & sales
Kathryn Pennington
Divisional special projects director
Countryside Partnerships
Richard Petty
Head of UK Living – Value and risk advisory
Helen Spencer
Executive director of growth
Great Places Housing Group
Tom Titherington
Chief investment and development officer
Caroline Toogood
Project director
Kevin Williams
Group development director
The Guinness Partnership


Interested in partnering with us on Housing Today Live?
Contact Cameron Marshall, commercial director, Assemble Media Group at

For speaker opportunities contact Jordan Marshall, special projects editor, Assemble Media Group at


Social Value Live

24 & 25 May 2023

Event sponsors:

24 May

How the ‘15-minute city’ can create a more socially valuable built environment?

The 15-minute city is an urban planning concept that envisions a city where all essential services and amenities, including housing, work, education, healthcare, and leisure, are within a 15-minute walk or bike ride from one’s home. This approach aims to create more sustainable, livable, and equitable cities by reducing the need for long commutes, promoting active transportation, and increasing access to local services and resources.

In this webinar, we will explore how the 15-minute city can contribute to creating more socially valuable built environments. Attendees will learn about the key principles and benefits of the 15-minute city, and how it can promote social inclusion, health and wellbeing, and community resilience.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • An overview of the 15-minute city concept and its potential to create more socially valuable built environments
  • The benefits of the 15-minute city approach, including reduced carbon emissions, increased social interaction and sense of community, and improved health outcomes
  • Strategies for designing and planning cities that prioritise social value, including community engagement, participatory design, and inclusive decision-making processes
Chair: Chloe McCulloch Editorial director Assemble Media Group
Rebecca Dillon-Robinson
Senior urban planner
David Rudlin
Head of urban design

Designing and delivering neurodivergent-friendly spaces 

Neurodiversity refers to the natural variation in the human brain, including individuals with conditions such as autism, dyslexia, ADHD, and others. These individuals often have unique strengths and abilities, but may also experience challenges in traditional built environments.

In this webinar, we will explore best practices and design strategies to create more inclusive and accessible places for neurodivergent individuals. Attendees will gain an understanding of the unique needs of neurodivergent individuals, and learn how to incorporate design elements that support their sensory, social, and cognitive needs.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • An overview of neurodiversity and the challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals in traditional built environments
  • The importance of sensory-friendly design, including lighting, acoustics, and furniture
  • Cognitive design elements, including layout and organisation, that can help neurodivergent people thrive
  • Case studies and real-world examples of successful neurodivergent-friendly spaces
Chair: Hollie Tye
Specification editor
Assemble Media Group
Clive Hall
BDG Architecture + Design
Riëtte Oosthuizen
Planning partner
HTA Design
Simone West
Inclusive design advisor

25 May

Case studies: Delivering social value on construction projects

The built environment has the ability to be a real force for good within the wider UK community. But to do this, it is imperative that firms are focused on social value during project delivery. What’s more, it is incredibly important that the sector shares learning to ensure best practice in this area.

In this session, our panelists will each discuss a specific project and how they delivered social value on the scheme. After each speaker has presented their case study they will come together for a chaired discussion and Q&A session regarding how the lessons learned can be applied to projects more broadly.

Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Stephen O’Malley
Chief executive
Civic Engineers
Lisa Ravenscroft
Mount Anvil
Philip Watson
Director, head of design
HLM Architects


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Designing social value: How to embed social value from project inception

With social value becoming ever more important it is integral that built environment firms embed social value delivery in their projects. What must not be underestimated is the necessity to embed this in projects from the outset.

In this session, our panelists will each share a project case study of how they embedded social value in a scheme from the outset. They will discuss how to determine the correct social value deliverables, including how to work with a client to ensure best-fit social value for the end user. The session will also include a group discussion and audience Q&A to explore how the lessons learned on these projects can be used more broadly.

Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Dan Heffernan
Social value lead
Faithful + Gould
Dieter Kleiner
RCKa Architects
Holly Lewis
We Made That
Alex Mayes
Social value business unit lead
Laing O’Rourke

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Net Zero Live

11 May 2023

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Driving to Net Zero: Building Awards Net Zero Award finalists share their next steps

While the push toward net zero is an issue facing more than just those working in construction, but is particularly important for the sector given that the built environment contributes around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. And while many individuals and groups are pushing to make progress on it is also integral we take lessons learned from those already making strides in this area.

In this session, we hear from the finalists of the Net Zero Award at the 2022 Building Awards. Each speaker will share the details of the initiative that saw them make the shortlist, as well as the key challenges they faced and how they overcame them. We will also ask them to share what progress they have continued to make.

Speakers include:

Chair: Chloe McCulloch
Editorial director
Assemble Media Group
Lauren Davies
Senior Engineer
Kate Dougherty
Ian Goodfellow
Penoyre & Prasad
Peter Hazzard
Associate director, building services
Michael Ruddick
Claire Wakelin
Head of education
HLM Architects


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Net zero for existing assets: Determining an approach for retrofit and refurbishment

Eighty percent of all the buildings that will exist in 2050 have already been built today. This means that if any serious progress toward net zero is to be made it is imperative that we look at how we can best retrofit and refurbish existing assets.

In this session, our panel of experts discuss how to determine the best approach when it comes to retrofit and refurbishment, how to best prepare for deep retrofit, the challenges encountered on different asset types, and how they can be overcome. They will also discuss how determine if retrofit and refurbishment is not the most sustainable option for a particular project and what to do in this situation.

Speakers include:

Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Peter Dunn
Regional director
Yetunde Abdul
Head of climate action
Laura Baron
Head of sustainability


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Specifying for net zero carbon in the commercial sector

When it comes to achieving net zero carbon commercial buildings it is vital to assess carbon emissions associated with the complete lifecycle of a building. It is imperative to strike the right balance between operational carbon and embodied carbon when both designing new and retrofitting existing commercial buildings.

In this session, our panel of experts will explore the areas that must be considered when designing a net zero commercial workspace. The discussion will centre on exploring the design requirements, as well as the product and material specifications that can enable their delivery. They will consider all aspects of building design.

Chair: Hollie Tye
Specification editor
Assemble Media Group
Debra Smith
Divisional sustainability manager
Kingspan Data & Flooring
Ceire Kenny
Sustainable futures manager
Peter Stocks
Member of the technical affairs committee
British Council for Offices
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Our Risk & Regulations Summit is back and returning to the live stage!

Join us this March for two full days of expert panel debates and networking opportunities.

Day one will be hosted at The Building Centre in London looking at regulatory reform with sessions dedicated to the building safety and net zero agendas.

Day two will be made up of several virtual sessions to give you the best of both worlds! The webinars are designed to help understand and comply with the Building Safety Act. See below to view the full programme and register for your chosen sessions.

2pm Arrival


What regulation is needed to drive the built environment to net zero?

The mounting pressure in the race to net zero is undeniable right across the
economy and is absolutely at the top of the agenda for firms working in the
built environment. And while regulatory measures such as the Future Homes
Standard including Part L are already in place there is a widespread belief
they do not go far enough. As such, the question arises: what measures need to
be taken?

Our panel will look at the positives and shortcomings of current requirements as well as discussing the merits of different regulatory frameworks. They will also analyse the regulatory measures needed to help drive net zero in the existing building stock.

Speakers include:

Chair: Chloe McCulloch
Editorial director
Assemble Media Group
Gary Clark
Regional leader of science + technology
Tim den Dekker
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
and Author of Part Z
Hugh Dugdale
Associate principal

4:00pm - 4:30pm Refreshment break


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Building Safety Act: Managing, meeting and understanding competency requirements

With the Building Safety Act being the single biggest change in building regulations in 40 years there are no shortage of issues the industry needs unpacked. It contains many measures, but one area that is of particular importance to construction professionals is the new responsibilities that will be taken on by designated duty-holders, who will have to demonstrate competency in their field and meet new building safety requirements.

In this session our panel of experts will look to zero in on the competency requirement changes impacting the sector, the challenges they pose to firms and individuals and the levers to compliance. They will look at the short and long-term measures individuals and firms will need to adopt and discuss the requirements for different roles in the supply chain.

Speakers include:

Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Rick Atha
Hanna Clarke
Digital and policy manager
Construction Products Association
Camilla Sheldon
Deputy director
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Lorna Stimpson
Chief executive

6:00pm - Networking drinks



Webinar: Demystifying the specification requirements of building safety reform

The post-Grenfell pursuit of building safety improvements has laid out some of the biggest regulatory changes the construction sector has ever had to tackle. While data sharing, cultural reform and competence requirements are among the biggest challenges the industry has to tackle the significance of the product, manufacturing and specification changes needed cannot be understated.

In this session, our panel of experts drawn from across the construction supply chain, will explore and unpack the new requirements for firms from a product perspective. They will discuss the new requirements for manufacturers when attaining and supplying specifications, the changed obligations for the design team and the onus that falls on construction firms when it comes to installation and record keeping. They will also look at the ramifications of non-compliance.

Speakers include:

Chair: Hollie Tye Specification editor Assemble Media Group
Hanna Clarke
Digital and policy manager
Construction Products Association
Adam Eaton
Director – fire safety


Andrew Mellor



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Webinar: Building Safety Act compliance: Tackling the challenges of the Golden Thread

The Building Safety Act has made building safety requirements a priority on construction projects. But despite the increased focus of project teams, understanding its requirements can be a headache. The new legislation means any owner of a high-rise residential building must create and maintain a building safety case, with the support of the project team. This is widely known as the Golden Thread.

In this session we will explore how to manage and prepare for the requirements of the changed legislation. Our panel of experts, drawn from across the sector, will unpack the requirements and explore how to create, manage and maintain this shared and true data source. They will look at what new measures need to be implemented and how the barriers to compliance can be overcome.

Speakers include:

Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Robert Cridford
Technical manager
Simon King
Robert Bird Group
Anthony Langan
Managing director
Dr Holy Liang
Fire & life safety director

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