Hilson Moran at FOOTPRINT+ 2023

Next week sees the return of FOOTPRINT+ the UK property event for a zero carbon future.

After a brilliant launch in 2022, FOOTPRINT+ is back for a second year, bringing key stakeholders from the UK Property market together to meet face-to-face, learn from each other and form the important relationships required for putting sustainable solutions into practice.

We are proud to be sponsors of the Retrofit Agenda conference stream, and are once again taking part in a variety of key debates and panels across the three days, discussing everything from planning and embodied carbon to the importance of net zero water. Here are our highlights:

Tuesday 06 June

1 Appold Street – Challenging structural norms | 13:00 – 13:45 – Retrofit Agenda Stage

Presenting a case study of 1 Appold Street – a refurbishment of a 190,000sq.ft. existing building, built in 1989 by SOM Architects. A study was undertaken at Stage 0 to explore development options ranging from basic refurbishment through to demolition and new construction. Of the options considered, a comprehensive refurbishment and extension were preferred. One of the innovations being proposed is to challenge the industry norms on structural capacity. Read more.

On the panel: Andrew Moore, Associate Director – Hilson Moran; Anthony Chudleigh, Project Director – British Land; David Watson, Technical Director – AKTII; Isabel de la Mora Mier, Architect – Piercy and Co.

Low-carbon heat distribution networks | 15:30 – 16:15 – Zero Carbon Energy Stage

We hear from the team at Coronation Square where the heat network installer has entered into a 40-year ESCo arrangement. The energy centre presently has capacity to supply heat to 750 homes. An additional 1500 homes and community facilities will ultimately be powered by two 500k air source heat pumps bringing an end the use of gas-fired CHP and a full electrification of heat. Read more.

On the panel: Jason Horner, Director of Infrastructure & Environment – Hilson Moran; Martin Eaton, Utilities Manager – Taylor Wimpey London; Bruce Geldard, Engineering Director – Metropolitan

Wednesday 07 June

Carbon optioneering at the pre-application stage – is it the change we need? | 10:00 – 10:45 – Retrofit Agenda Stage

The City of London Corporation’s Carbon Options Guidance was officially adopted and launched in April 2023, following a detailed consultation process with the industry. This session invites the audience to join an open debate with the City of London Corporation and the guide’s key authors, Hilson Moran, and share their experiences with delivery of the new pre-application requirements in the current market. Find out more.

On the panel: Andrew Moore, Associate Director – Hilson Moran, Rob McNicol, Assistant Director, Policy and Strategy – City of London Corporation, Kartikeya Rajput, Associate environmental consultant – PRP.

The embodied carbon of building services – improving transparency | 15:30 – 16:15 – Zero Carbon Energy Stage

Scrutiny on carbon accounting in the built environment is increasing and is highly reliant on supply chains improving transparency of verified GHG emissions data. Carbon emissions associated with building services are notoriously absent. This panel explores this methodology, and proposes further solutions, to better improve transparency around the embodied carbon of building services. Read more.

On the panel: Ben Abel, Technical Director – Hilson Moran; Julie Godefroy, Head of Net Zero Policy – CIBSE; Will Bury, Environmental Design Engineer – Introba; David Clements, Founder – Future Designs; Martin Fahey, Head of Sustainability – Mitsubishi electric.

Thursday 08 June

Breakfast Briefing: H2zerO: Is Water Neutrality in the Built Environment Possible? | 08 Jun 2023 08:30 – 10:00 Zero Carbon Energy Stage

Hilson Moran host our own breakfast briefing to discuss the importance of net zero water. In the last few months there has been a spate of planning application refusals (mostly in Sussex and Cambridgeshire) led by the Environment Agency and Natural England. This is now leading to Natural England requesting ‘water neutrality’ as a minimum requirement for developers. Much like carbon neutrality, this uses a reduce, re-use and off-set hierarchy akin to the energy hierarchy. We need to understand what we can do, as developers – as well as what is technically feasible. Sign up for tickets and to find out more.

Retrofit First, Not Retrofit Only | 10:00 – 10:45 – Retrofit Agenda Stage

In 2022, the London Property Association published ‘Retrofit First, Not Retrofit Only’ illustrating the spectrum of recent Net Zero Carbon commercial projects undertaken to date across Westminster and City of London. The case studies demonstrate the importance of allowing for flexibility through both retrofit and redevelopment approaches, providing examples of typical challenges and opportunities. This session presents key findings and invites questions from the audience. Read more.

On the panel: Marie-Louise Schembri, Sustainability Director – Hilson Moran; Nuno Correia, Head of Sustainability – WilkinsonEyre; Gareth Roberts, Head of Development at Broadgate – British Land; Kirsty Draper, Head of Sustainability, UK – JLL

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