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How to DESIGN better performing buildings and places

Interpretations of net zero carbon from a designer's perspective, what that means in construction terms, and learnings from the pioneering Sky Academy project.


08 Sep


13:00 - 14:00


Online session

Consultants know-how and awareness is essential for the careful and early integration of elements which are fundamental to the success of low carbon design. But what are the different standards for low carbon buildings and how can they be interpreted differently? And what does net zero carbon really mean?

In this virtual conversation, Rob Sargent, Director at Stride Treglown, and Brandon Wipperfurth, Senior Sustainability and Energy Consultant at Darren Evans, will share their knowledge and experience of designing low/net zero carbon and Passivhaus buildings, using the development of the Sky Academy, a pioneering operationally net-zero carbon pathfinder school in St. Austell, as a case study for discussion.


Brandon Wipperfurth, Senior Sustainability and Energy Consultant – Darren Evans

Brandon Wipperfurth studied Ecology and Science and is now a Senior Sustainability and Energy Consultant at Darren Evans Environmental Science Consultants who are experts in sustainability and energy efficiency. They work for a multitude of different clients providing a varied range of energy and sustainability services assisting in achieving zero carbon construction. He virtually models buildings and calculates how to maximise, find efficiencies, and help the clients get to their chosen regs/low carbon design standards requirements or specific goals, educating clients and the rest of the design team about sustainability along the way.

Robert Sargent, Director – Stride Treglown

Robert feels passionately that architecture can contribute to reversing the damage we have caused to our planet. Robert specialises in complex projects that not only encompass issues such as sustainability, partnering and value, but are also award-winning designs. His years of experience has been widespread, spanning many types of development including education, university, health, commercial, leisure and public buildings. His work has won RIBA regional awards and has been published within the architectural press.

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