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The Fabric First Approach: Tackling Overheating in Homes

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A recent report by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff titled ‘Overheating in Homes: Keeping a growing population cool in summer,’ has suggested an overhaul of building regulations is required to tackle the ongoing problem of overheating homes.

It was found that the crowded London’s property market is “quite literally – overheating.”

The survey of 1,005 Londoners found that 83% suffered from uncomfortably hot (overheated) homes this summer. Alarmingly, 31% of those who suffered from overheating felt unwell or tired and 52% were woken up in the night.

The report also found that 54% of Londoners say overheating would influence their decision when buying a home and 8% of Londoners affected have been forced to take action and have installed air conditioning.

With the government reporting 2,000 deaths caused by overheating each year – the underlying issues must be addressed.

Overheating is a growing issue – particularly in expanding cities which are susceptible to the “urban heat island” effect, where they become hotter than countryside areas.

The survey shows that there are a range of factors contributing to the problem such as climate change increasing peak temperatures and the rise in popularity of denser residential buildings. With older populations being more susceptible to heat and hot temperatures being linked to significant health implications – unless significant changes are made, the problem is only going to get worse.

WSP PB have proposed five key measures to tackle overheating:

1. Develop a robust regulatory overheating analysis method for all new developments.
2. All new housing developments to adhere to a ‘cooling hierarchy’.
3. All new buildings to be designed to facilitate retrofitted cooling installation.
4. Measures should be introduced on new developments to reduce the Urban Heat island.
5. The “all-electric city” should become a wider priority – reducing heat production from vehicles and buildings in urban areas.

Overheating will be one of the key issues discussed at the Fabric First Event, being held on 18 November 2015 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AX. Tickets cost just £95+VAT and include entry to the conference and exhibition, plus lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

The Zero Carbon Hub have also undertaken extensive research into this area, with a final report of their findings into overheating due to be published in Spring 2016. Rob Pannell, Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Hub chairing the event and Ross Holleron – Projects Director for Zero Carbon Hub is presenting.

The event brings together distinguished and pioneering speakers from a broad spectrum of the industry drawing upon their considerable experience to deliver a comprehensive programme of policy and regulation presentations, technology and project case studies.

Speakers include:

• Rob Pannell – Zero Carbon Hub
• Steve Hornblow – A2 Dominion
• Douglas Drewniak – Bio Regional
• Ian Loughnane – Kingspan Timber Solutions
• Christopher Jofeh – Arup
• Shaun Fitzgerald – Breathing Buildings
• Paul Rogatzki – Hanson Group
• Stewart Dalgarno – Stewart Milne
• Gordon Evans – YOOP Architectural Practice
• Ross Holleron – Zero Carbon Hub
• Jon Bootland – Passivhaus Trust
• Alasdair Donn – Willmott Dixon

Who should attend?

Aimed at developers, landlords and building operators, plus their key advisors – architects, specifiers, energy consultants and engineers, and their delivery partners throughout the supply-chain – main contractors, specialist sub-contractors, project managers and building technology providers, this event is not to be missed!


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Discounted tickets to the event cost just £85.50 +VAT (normal price £95 + VAT) and include access to the conference and exhibition, plus lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

To take advantage of this discount, simply enter promo code FFLDN10
With just over two weeks to go book now to avoid disappointment – http://fabricfirstevent.co.uk/book

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a range of exhibition and sponsorship packages to suit any resource and budget- but hurry, limited space remaining!

For more information on how to enhance your profile at the event please contact Julie Richards on 01743 290001 or email julie.richards@radar-communications.co.uk

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