UK Green Building Council

World Green Building Week 2012 Calendar

File 993World Green Building Week (17-21 September 2012) is celebrated through a week-long programme of events hosted by UK-GBC and our members, highlighting this year’s theme – “Green Buildings for Great Communities'. Details of all events and how to attend can be found in the calendar below.

Green Initiatives Tour

Museum of London

Date/Time: Daily, Monday 17 - Sunday 23 September, 12.00 - 12.45
Location: 150 London Wall
Overview: Come and find out what the Museum of London does.
Who should attend: Open to everyone.
How to register: Simply turn up on the day. For more information please contact

How do the numbers stack up for energy in office buildings?


Date/Time: Daily, Tuesday 18 - Friday 21 September, 08.00 - 10.00
Tuesday 18 September - Horsley House Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3LU
Wednesday 19 September - Red Room1, City Tower, Manchester M1 4BT
Thursday 20 September - Saffron House, London EC1N 8TS
Friday 21 September - 15-20 St Paul's Square, Birmingham, B3 1RB
Overview: In “What Colour Is Your Building?”, to be published by RIBA early next year, Cundall partner David Clark uses real numbers to put into perspective the energy consumption of office buildings, the realistic contribution that renewables can make, the embodied carbon in construction and fitout, and why a building’s location shouldn’t be ignored. The presentation will provide an overview of the key findings from over two years research into energy and carbon in office buildings, and identify some the challenges facing the property industry.
Who should attend: Property developers / owners, architects, contractors, estates and facility managers, project managers
How to register: Places are limited - Apply to attend using the emails above.

Green Sky Thinking Week


Date/Time: Monday 17 - Friday 21 September
Location: Varies
Overview: UK-GBC is an Institution Supporter of Open-City’s Green Sky Thinking Week. The Week is a programme of free B2B events across London highlighting expertise, innovation and best practice in sustainability. It’s designed for property and built environment professionals from across the private and public sectors who want new insights and knowledge on how to deliver real sustainable solutions. All events are free but advance booking essential. For more information visit

Water and Waste Campaign

Tishman Speyer

Date/Time: Monday 17 - Friday 21 September
Location: Throughout London
Overview: There will be a number of internal events taking place in some of the Tishman Speyer owned / managed buildings across London during World Green Building Week 2012. The theme of the events this year is Water and Waste, with the aim of improving tenants’ knowledge and understanding of various sustainability issues, and particularly the role occupiers play in the built environment. There will be a wide range of events taking place during the week, including seminars, green product demonstrations, environmental quiz, electronic waste recycling etc.
Who should attend: Restricted to Tishman Speyer staff and building tenants only.

Just The Facts


Tuesday 18 September, 12.30 - 13.30
Thursday 20 September, 12.30 - 13.30
Friday 21 September, 12.30 - 13.30
Location: Interface Pop-Up Showroom, 35 Castle Arcade, Cardiff
Overview: Interface’s Just The Facts CPD raises questions about environmental claims and labels in the built environment and challenges misconceptions. It also discusses the importance of using lifecycle assessments to fully understand product sustainability and looks at the key benefits of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). Event flyer
Who should attend: Open to everyone
How to register: Places are limited. Please RSVP to

Monday 17 September

GRESB 2012 Results Reception & Panel Event

Jones Lang LaSalle

Date/Time: Monday 17 September, 16.00 - 17.30
Location: 30 Warwick Street, London
Overview: Following an overview of GRESB's 2012 Survey results, this lively panel discussion will provide a forum for managers, investors and other industry stakeholders to uncover sustainability best practices and unlock opportunities to improve the sustainability performance of their investment portfolios. For more information about the GRESB survey please visit
Who should attend: Investors and commercial property companies.
How to register: contact

An Introduction to the Soho Sustainability Scheme

Dalen Strategies

Date/Time: Monday 17 September, 16.00 - 19.00
Location The Gallery, 121 Charing Cross Road, London
Overview: This is the launch of the Dalen Soho Sustainability Scheme - the event includes a brief description of Dalen, what we do, an introduction to the Scheme, and culminates in presenting the results obtained in the waste audit conducted by Dalen and Randall and Aubin - providing restauranteurs with the waste prices they could benefit from.
Who should attend: Restauranteurs, Soho businesses, those interested in community based sustainability initiatives, sustainable waste collection, energy from waste schemes
How to register: Attendance is by invitation or application only. Interested parties should send an email explaining who they are and why they would like to attend to:

Creating a Carbon Minus Scheme for King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery

Scott Brownrigg

Date/Time: Monday 17 September, 18.30 - 20.00
Location: 77 Endell Street, London WC2H 9DZ
Overview: ‘Is carbon minus design just a load of horses**t? How did Scott Brownrigg use horse manure to deliver a carbon minus facility for the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Woolwich? Project Director, Ed Hayden presents a talk on this ground-breaking scheme as part of Open City’s Green Sky Thinking Week. See
Who should attend: If you are interested in how real sustainable solutions are being designed and delivered within the built environment, this will be an interesting talk for you.
How to register: The event is free to attend, but advance booking is essential. To book a place email

Tuesday 18 September

Regeneration, Rejuvenation, Resurgence:
The role of the great London Estates in the new urban renaissance 

Tuffin Ferraby Taylor

Date/Time: Tuesday 18 September, 08.00 - 10.00
Location: 2 Throgmorton Avenue, London
Overview: London is defined by its unique districts. Preserving their character is critical to the commercial value of the building portfolio. But the London estates face many challenges to maintain them. Legislative and planning constraints as well as sustainability and building obsolescence issues all need to be addressed for successful revitalisation of the area. This round table forum brings together the estates, planners and other interested parties to debate the key topics including energy performance, cultural heritage constraints, landlord and tenant relationships and the social dimension.
Who should attend: Property managers with the London estates, planners with the central London councils and other stakeholders with involvement in the regeneration of Central London.
How to register: Delegates should apply to Stephanie Castling

Virtual Building Models: Driving Measurable Change for Sustainable Built Environments

Integrated Environmental Solutions

Date/Time: Tuesday 18 September, 09.00 - 12.00
Location: Phillips Room, 76 Portland Place, London
Overview: Join IES and a selection of its partners for a series of educational sessions to see how its expanding partnership programme allows organisations to take advantage of its Virtual Building technology, coming together to form its Virtual Building vision. Experts will talk about a range of projects and show how they work within the project lifecycle. Plus, you'll pick up some valuable hints and tips along the way. Read more.
Who should attend: Building and architectural professionals interested in sustainable design
How to register: Delegates can register here.

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Roundtable


Date/Time: Tuesday 18 September, 14.00 - 16.00
Location: UK-GBC, 26 Store Street, London
Overview: UK-GBC is preparing its response to Defra’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting consultation and invite you to join us in a meeting to formulate our position. Places are limited.
Who should attend: Open to all UK-GBC members
How to register: To apply to attend please email

Building Study: Horizon Community College

MPA - The Concrete Centre

Date/Time: Tuesday 18 September, 17.30 - 19.30
Location: Horizon Community College, Dodworth Road, Barnsley
Overview: This event will give you the opportunity to visit Horizon Community College, one of the largest BSF secondary schools in the UK, opening in September 2012. Following a tour the project team will present on the design concept for the college and discuss the innovative precast concrete building system used.
Who should attend: Architects and engineers
How to register: please visit and see the event listing under the Sept 2012 tab.

Guardian Sustainable Business Quarterly

The Guardian

Date/Time: Tuesday 18 September, 18.00 - 21.00
Location: America Square Conference Centre, London
Overview: A free evening event exploring how sustainability professionals can remain positive when the scale of the challenges we face is so great. Panel discussion followed by roundtables led by M&S, British Land, Transport for London plus many more, followed by networking.
Who should attend: Sustainability professionals
How to register: Apply to attend at 

Sustainable refurbishment – Making effective choices

Nicholas Hare Architects

Date/Time: Tuesday 18 September, 18.30 - 21.30
Location: 3 Barnsbury Square, London
Overview: Following the success of last year’s debates, Nicholas Hare Architects will again be hosting a series of discussion evenings. The first of these is timed to coincide with World Green Building Week and will look at sustainable refurbishment. The focus of our discussion will be the Arup Building, an iconic Sixties building in Cambridge that is to be refurbished for use by both the University and also the Cambridge Conservation Initiative – a group of organisations championing the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems globally.
Who should attend: Environmental and sustainability professionals, estates and facility managers, academics, research students.
How to register: Please telephone Nicholas Hare Architects on 020 7619 1670 and leave your name with Reception, or email

Thursday 20 September

Paul King in Conversation with Gary Neville


Date/Time: Thursday 20 September, 17.30 - 19.30
Location: 4 Piccadilly Place, Manchester
Overview: As part of World Green Building Week, join us for an exclusive evening of discussion with the former Manchester United captain and passionate enthusiast of sustainable building, Gary Neville. UK-GBC Chief Executive Paul King will chat with Gary Neville about his personal sustainability journey and his new 'Sustainability in Sport' initiative, followed by a networking drinks reception. This event is sponsored by GVA.
Who should attend: Open to everyone
How to register: Please visit

Changing Tracks: switching to more sustainable careers with Interface and On Purpose


Date/Time: Thursday 20 September, 18.30 - 21.00
Location: Interface Showroom, 1 Northburgh Street, London 
Overview: Have you noticed the number of people seeking a career change that makes the world a better place? Are you interested in switching to a more sustainable career? Or are you a company or social enterprise looking to attract new talent? As part of World Green Building Week, UK-GBC member Interface would like to invite you to a discussion about the number of people switching to careers in sustainability and the third sector. We’ll be looking at how Interface has enjoyed working with On Purpose, a one-year leadership programme, in relation to it’s co-innovation work... and our current On Purpose associate will be talking through his own transition from corporate law to working on a new exciting Interface project that recycles fishing nets into material for Interface’s carpet tiles. Event flyer
Who should attend: Sustainability professionals and Individuals considering careers in sustainability and the third sector
How to register: If you would like to attend please RSVP to

Friday 21 September

BBP Managing Agents Sustainability Toolkit iPad App Launch

GVA & Better Buildings Partnership

Date/Time: Friday 21 September, 08.00 - 09.45
Location: Henderson Global Investors, 201 Bishopsgate, London
Overview: GVA and Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) would like to invite you to the launch of the BBP Managing Agents Sustainability Toolkit ipad app. GVA has worked closely with BBP to co-write the Managing Agents Sustainability Toolkit and sponsor the production of an Ipad app. We believe the app will increase the usability of the toolkit and help managing agents meet the increasing expectations of occupiers and owners. During the event there will be a live demonstration of the app and a panel discussion around the future direction and importance of sustainability for managing agents, landlords and occupiers.
Who should attend: Managing agents, investors, occupiers, sustainability specialists
How to register: If you would like to attend please RSVP to

Investing in green - SOLD OUT


Date/Time: Friday 21 September, 10.00 - 13.00
Location: PRUPIM, City Place House, Basinghall Street, London
Overview: The Energy & Sustainability Network will be informing members of the latest developments of the Green Deal, updating members of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), advising on Feed in Tariff's (FIT) & Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and issues surrounding the Micro-Generation Certification Scheme (MGCS).
Who should attend: Building services professionals; BSRIA members only.
How to register: please visit

European Energy Efficiency Directive Roundtable


Date/Time: Friday 21 September, 10.30 - 12.30
Location: UK-GBC, 26 Store Street, London
Overview: A new European Energy Efficiency Directive was agreed in June 2012 and is expected to lead to a transformation in the energy performance of existing buildings. Please join UK-GBC for a roundtable briefing on the Directive, as well as a discussion on its implementation in the UK and other Member States. Places are limited.
Who should attend: Open to all UK-GBC members
How to register: To apply to attend please email

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