Delivered by BRE in association with MBE KTN and NRC

2 October

Behavioural Change

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Why do buildings not perform as well as expected?

Approximately 50% of a building’s energy consumption is directly influenced by how its occupants use it, a factor that many people and business overlook, despite it being one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy, cut emissions and save money.

This session highlights the key issues that enable behavioural change, an understanding of human factors and social science. It will address issues such as energy efficiency and comfort and post occupancy evaluation.

09:15 Welcome and introduction Peter Bonfield, BRE
09:25 Keynote address Duncan McCombie, Director, Energy Saving Trust 

Behavioural change and energy use

  • Helping people to green their homes and be more energy efficient – Green Deal/Renewable Heat Incentive
  • Helping people to reduce energy consumption through better information
Ben Coles, Director of Communities, at Groundwork London

Occupant behaviour change after energy efficiency refurbishment Our speaker discusses how energy use behaviour in the home changes after energy efficiency refurbishments and describes how some of the potential energy savings are often taken back as increased comfort.

Andy Gemmell, Senior Consultant, Housing & Energy Group, BRE
10:25 How training and support can modify behaviour and help reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in occupied buildings Nicola Scorer, Gentoo
10:45 Refreshments  

Consumer demand and how new technologies are affecting user behaviour

Oliver Schneider, Managing Director, The Facility

Building efficiencies versus people having to self-monitor with switches and controls

Chris Monson, Building Controls Industry Association
11:50 Post Occupancy Evaluation Our speaker will provide an overview of the lessons learnt from Post Occupancy Evaluations and in-use monitoring of new build, low carbon dwellings Colin Sinclair, BRE Scotland 

Panel discussion

Question our panel of speakers while they discuss the issues that affect behavioural change.

Chaired by Andy Gemmell, BRE

Speakers from the morning programme 

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In the past, buildings and landscapes were constructed with little or no involvement from the community. Engaging people, ultimately leads to better and more successful places to live and work. Community programmes may also be the key to improving energy use.

This session highlights the importance of community engagement in creating sustainable communities. It examines issues such as government policy; assessment methods; and bringing empty homes and open spaces back into use.

13:30 Welcome and introduction Martin Townsend, BRE 
13:40 Keynote - Designing cities for people Chris Tweed, Cardiff Centre of Excellence

BREEAM Communities – A framework to achieve sustainable development at the neighbourhood scale

BREEAM Communities is a way to improve, measure and certify the social, economic and environmental sustainability of large-scale developments by integrating sustainable design into the masterplanning process. It supports community engagement, ensuring all of those involved are clear on the sustainability objectives for the development. This session presents examples from developments in the UK and abroad where BREEAM Communities is shaping best practice in masterplanning, streamlining the planning process and helps achieve sustainable development in line with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Tom Hyde, Tecnical Consultant, BREEAM Communities

A GreenPrint for masterplanning

Karen Young, Building Futures Group, BRE
15:00 Refreshments  
15:20 Building green growth within a community Virginia Cinquemani, Green Triangle Initiative

Open spaces - creating and managing open spaces in partnership with local community

Euan Hall, The Land Trust

Community power distribution and nano grids

Duncan Southgate, Head of New Business Concepts, Siemens
16:15 Building Communities - empowering people to make change happen in the community John O'Brien, Building Research Housing Group (BRHG)

Panel discussion

Question our speakers as they discuss the issues around communities inlcuding:

  • Government policy
  • Assessment methods
  • Bringing empty homes and open spaces back into use
Chaired by Martin Townsend, BRE 
17:00 Close  
  • Sustainable retrofit of buildings
  • Re-Vitalising communities
  • Wellbeing