Feb 16, 2022

Roundtable sessions (and a couple of in-person training events)

Biodiversity in the built environmentWe’ve had excellent feedback from our webinars which are helping our SHIFT clients make environmental improvements.  They are also great for connecting with peers. We will be running more sessions over the coming months to help social landlords make even more improvements.  Unless otherwise stated, the sessions are:

  • Social landlords only (and they’re free)
  • 10 spaces limit, 1 space per organisation – SHIFT clients get priority in case of oversubscription
  • 2 hours 14:30 – 16:30
  • Teams invite only – sign up to our newsletters and see who to contact to get your invite
  • If you have content you’d like to share on any of the topics, please be in touch. As well as helping your peers it’s great for your CPD!
  • If you are booked on, but find you can’t go, please let us know so we can give the place to someone else

Completed events

1. SHIFT assessment – this was about the SHIFT assessment process.  See here for details.

2. Environmental strategy development – this session gave tips on how to develop a successful environmental strategy – download the output of the session from here.

3. rdSAP – an overview of how rdSAP calculations work and the implications for decarbonisation (see session on 11th May below for more details).

4. Responsible sourcing – we discussed how we could build a metric for responsible sourcing of construction materials.  There was a presentation from Travis Perkins which provided a valuable platform for taking this important issue further.  Sign up to our newsletter to see how we progress with this.

5. Net zero roadmap – we looked at emerging government net zero pathways, definitions of net zero, key dates and milestones and costs – data – monitoring progress.

6. Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) – we gave an overview of SECR requirements, how to produce an SECR, what the Scopes are and what Scope 3 emissions to consider including, how to calculate greenhouse gas emissions and how to account for renewable energy or offsets.

7. Embodied Carbon – an overview of the current situation on establishing embodied carbon, how to calculate embodied carbon and a case study from our embodied carbon blog of embodied carbon in construction materials.

Upcoming events

26th April – Environmental parts of Social Housing White Paper / Decent Homes:
  • Environmental sections: see here for our previous summary.
  • What could the future requirements look like in terms of the environmental targets
  • Suggested metrics
10th May – ESG/SRS:
  • Why is ESG so important?
  • SRS criteria and metrics
  • Scope 3 emissions
  • The “Social” part and placemaking
11th May – rdSAP training (London, morning event):

Many people will be familiar with rdSAP software, but what are the calculations behind it?  We envisage the course covering the following:

  • Overview of how the SAP model works
  • Work through a workbook to calculate a SAP rating by hand
  • Review of EPC certificate – attendees will be asked to bring their own
  • Suggestions on stock EPC analysis and work package design
  • Predominantly SEC [1] members.  Special conditions for non-SEC members.  Book here: rd SAP Calculations – South East Consortium
1st June – Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE):
14th June – Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures:
  • Importance of TCFD
  • Regulations
  • Suggestions on how to calculate
  • The future: TCND
5th July – Building homes to EPC A:
  • Importance of high performing new builds to landlords (see our horror story case study of poor environmental performance in new builds)
  • How does an EPC A home perform?
  • Current performance from SHIFT landlords
  • Findings from previous EPC A roundtable findings (download the publication here)
    • Costs
    • Specifications
    • Challenges
  • What should be done? Landlords/Government policy
8th September – Value for Money and sustainability (London, morning event):
  • Financial case – costs savings from unusual sources
  • ESG/SRS – the rising importance
  • Compliance – carbon reporting for social landlords
  • Compliance – what Decent Homes 2 might look like
  • Attendees will have derived a business case for their own organisation
  • Suggested kpis for a strategy

Predominantly SEC [1] members.  Special conditions for non-SEC members.  Book here: The VFM Case for Environmental Strategy and Improvements – South East Consortium

[1] SEC – South East Consortium, https://www.southeastconsortium.org.uk/


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