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 28 April to 2 May

Mott MacDonald Green Sky Thinking Week


Performance-boosting retrofit and designing healthy spaces

Join us at the start of Green Sky Thinking Week to hear from a range of industry experts, tour the award-winning GE Fogg building, and participate in an evening of ‘speed geeking’, at two events hosted by Mott MacDonald.


Refurb, retrofit or rebuild – making London energy efficient for 2018

DATE 28 April

LOCATION Queen Mary, University of London

TIME 9.00 – 11.00, followed by building tours

The ban on letting buildings with an Energy Performance Certificate of Band E or worse from 2018 could lead to widespread programmes of demolition and replacement. But there are alternatives.

Expert speakers will demonstrate how existing buildings’ energy performance can be dramatically improved through external or internal refurbishment, bringing them into line with the best new builds for a fraction of the cost, and avoiding major waste of embodied energy in the building fabric.

Stay with us afterward for guided tours of Queen Mary University of London’s award winning GE Fogg building – which was refurbished in 2012 delivering a 70% energy saving – and demonstrations of the LifeCYCLE and Responsible Retrofit Guidance tools.



09.00     Introduction: Future drivers for retrofit

               Clare Wildfire, Mott MacDonald


  1. GE Fogg Building: A new lease of life for an unsustainable structure

Viviana Vivanco, Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects
Robert Cole, Queen Mary University of London
Yudish Dabbee, Mott MacDonald


09.30     The Capital: Major performance improvements from internal refurbishment
Eddie Murphy, Mott MacDonald


09.50     Making retrofit palatable to investors

                Jennifer Clark, Skanska (Speaker to be confirmed)


10.10     Responsible retrofit and common misconceptions

                Adrian Leaman, Usable Buildings Trust


10.30     The whole life ownership approach

                Samia Robbins, Mott MacDonald


10.35     Group discussions: Achieving value for money on retrofit

                Breakout conversations led by our expert speakers


11.00     GE Fogg Building tours

               Demonstrations of LifeCYCLE cost and carbon modelling tool

               Demonstrations of Responsible Retrofit Guidance Tool

               Networking coffee reception


Healthy Spaces: A commercial priority or a development luxury?

DATE 29 April

LOCATION 10 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RB

TIME 6.30 – 9.00

Does the creation of ‘healthy spaces’ have a place in speculative developments? Join us for an evening focused on building design and materials selection for occupant health, wellbeing and productivity.

This ‘speed-geeking’ evening offers the chance to engage with industry peers in small interactive groups led by expert speakers from Lend Lease, Skanska and Mott MacDonald. These short, snappy sessions will provide a primer in topics including healthy building systems, sustainability assessments, World Green Building Council (WGBC) research, the Living Building Challenge Red List and Chemicals for Concern.

This will be followed by a facilitated whole-room discussion, where our speakers will debate the commercial justifications for the fast-emerging healthy spaces agenda. The evening concludes with a networking drinks reception.


18.30     Welcome

Eszter Gulacsy, Mott MacDonald

18.40     Speed geeking

                Work your way around the room to hear five-minute presentations from:

  • Chris Pottage, Skanska on quantifying the commercial benefits of ‘healthy’ design
  • Jon Kirkpatrick, Lend Lease on Lend Lease’s initiatives for healthy, productive workplaces
  • Eszter Gulacsy, Mott MacDonald on implementing healthy materials across an international office portfolio
  • Eddie Murphy, Mott MacDonald on healthy building systems and post-occupancy evaluation
  • Gordon Hudson and Urmi Bharne, Mott MacDonald on the commercial impact of BREEAM and Ska

19.15     Discussion: do ‘healthy spaces’ have a place in speculative developments?

20.00     Networking drinks reception


Mott MacDonald is programme partner for Green Sky Thinking Week



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