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The challenges of delivering a net zero carbon school

Why behavioural change is just as important as design.


24 Sep


11:00 - 12:00


Online session

Join us for a chaired panel discussing key challenges facing the Schools sector over the next decade.

Is MMC the answer to Net Zero Carbon? Do changing regulations work against the Net Zero agenda? What behavioural changes do the experts pre-empt as necessary to reach industry NZC goals?

A heated debate can be expected from our panellists to seek a future path that is sustainable for us all.


Matthew Wrate – CPW

Matt leads the Leicester office for CPW. Matt has a passion for low-energy design having delivered many sustainability led projects over a long period of time including the first commercially sold Code 6 (and true zero-carbon) dwellings in the UK and 20 years’ experience in the education sector. Matt joined Couch Perry Wilkes in 2010 and was heavily involved in the delivery of one the UK’s certified PassivHaus Office building for Interserve in Leicester, a carbon negative development which at the time was highly unusual and has since delivered multiple Net Zero Carbon projects as well as non-domestic PassivHaus certified projects.

Danny Harris, Senior Associate Architect – Stride Treglown

Danny leads the schools’ sector at Stride Treglown – architects on the Department for Education’s (DfE) Construction and MMC frameworks. He has encountered how schools are procured over several years now and has worked with 3 MMC providers all offering different systems to build schools. He led one of the first School Rebuilding Programme projects in Coventry, an 8 form entry Secondary School with the aspiration of achieving Net Zero Carbon in operation. He is passionate about a key design challenge in school procurement: ensuring each school maintains their own sense of individualism in a world of ever-increasing standardisation and compliance.

Seya Tansill, Senior Associate Technologist – Stride Treglown

Seya heads the Design for Manufacture group at Stride Treglown across all sectors. Seya is committed to advancing the evolution of Designer’s palette of structural components, focusing on Design for Manufacture as the solution she feels should be the default approach. Seya uses her technical skills to work closely with many MMC providers, most recently concentrated within the DfE MMC framework.

She also acts as a technical champion addressing best practice directives on fire protection. As a trained passivhaus designer, she collaborates across all sectors, consulting on fabric first and net zero carbon projects.

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