Towards a Greener Industry

Lynne Sullivan: zero carbon buildings – where to now?


This talk will review how designers have worked with energy targets and ask what will happen now, following the UK Government's decision to scrap zero carbon targets for new homes.

Lynne Sullivan is a founding partner of sustainableBYdesign, specialists in low-energy new and retrofit projects. These currently include a European funded demonstration project at Thamesmead to Passivhaus Enerphit standard. Their designs were finalists in all three 2010-2012 BRE UK Passivhaus Prototype Competitions.   Previously Lynne was Sustainability Director for nine years at Broadway Malyan, and for ten years Associate Director at ECD Architects, where she was co-author and winner of the UKs first government-sponsored Zero CO2 housing competition. Lynne also sits on local and national design review panels and has authored and chairs a number of policy review and research projects for UK governments and others, including the Expert Panel for the Scottish Government whose report “A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland”, first published in 2007, was updated in 2013.  She was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture in 2011, and is a member of the UK Government’s Green Construction Board.

In her talk Lynne will reflect on a career in practice since the Kyoto Protocol in 1992: from 'Energy-Conscious Design to 'Green Construction' via 'Zero Carbon Housing' and what may lie ahead.

Towards a Greener Industry is a series of annual talks by leading practitioners looking at the creation of a more sustainable architecture. Previous speakers have been Rab Bennetts, Robin Nicholson and Peter Clegg. The talks are supported by the GPDA (Gypsum Products Development Association).

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