The Role of Local Leadership in Creating Sustainable Homes – a panel debate from the experts

The Role of Local Leadership in Creating Sustainable Homes – a panel debate from the experts 

The Green Register and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) have joined forces to hold a panel discussion to examine the issues raised in UK-GBC’s recent Green Paper on The Role of Local Leadership in Creating Sustainable Homes, designed to stimulate consultation and debate by the public sector and industry. The purpose of the paper is to consider how, in the context of an uncertain national policy landscape, local authorities can work with industry to raise sustainability standards in new build homes.

The paper challenges the widespread perception that little or nothing can be done by local authorities in the current political climate. Working with progressive developers, it highlights how local government can play a leadership role in delivering sustainability in the built environment. It also explores the potential for cities to take new powers to address sustainability in the built environment through their devolution deals.

The paper considers:

  • what city, combined and local authorities can do to raise standards using their current planning powers

  • how they can proactively use their role as landowners
  • how they could engage with the devolution agenda

Four expert construction professionals will speak on the subject followed by an open debate with panelists and delegates.

The event opens with UK-GBC’s Jo Wheeler, co-author of the Green Paper, outlining UK-GBC’s thoughts on the role of local leadership in delivering higher standards of sustainability in new homes and communities.

Tom Dollard, architect and head of Sustainable Design at Pollard Thomas Edwards architects will then describe how architects can work with local authorities to deliver high quality sustainable homes.

Emma Davies, Senior Sustainability officer (design and construction) at Cambridge City Council follows to describe the council’s approach to delivering sustainable homes despite a lack of direction from central government, focusing on the adoption of design and sustainable construction guidance for new council housing and development on Council owned land.

Miles Lewis from Lend Lease will give a progressive developer’s persepctive.



17.00  Registration and networking

17.20  Jo Wheeler, UKGBC

17.35  Tom Dollard, PTE architects

17.50  Emma Davies, Cambridge City Council

18.05  Developer (TBC)

18.20  Open discussion

19.00  Close


UK-GBC members can take advantage of a discounted ticket rate.