COURSE: Level 2 webinar mini-series: City policy – successes and innovations in UK cities and New York

UKGBC is excited to announce an international webinar ‘mini-series’ in partnership with Urban Green Council in New York City - an affiliate of USGBC, as part of our Cities Programme.
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May 23, 2019 ( - )
May 30, 2019





To book for the whole webinar series, click ‘Book Now’ or follow the title links to book for individual webinars.


68% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050 – UN DESA

Cities are global centres for culture and commerce, but are also where inequalities in health, wealth and quality of life are most keenly felt. As 90 percent of the world’s urban areas are situated on coastlines, they are on the frontline of climate impacts. Cities are where we generate most waste and consume most resources. The buildings and infrastructure of our cities can contribute to these problems or they can provide solutions.

International collaboration between industry and cities can accelerate learning, strengthen trust and improve intelligence-sharing, helping to set the agenda for a sustainable future.

The webinars will hear from expert speakers from each side of the Atlantic and focus on climate and energy policy in New York and UK cities. We will consider what has worked well, the barriers to take up, and the incentives needed to unlock action, learning from good (and poor) practice in each country.


#1 Comparing codes: regulating efficiency

23rd May 2019, 9.30-10.30am EDT, 2.30-3.30pm GMT

Building design and performance is greatly influenced by energy codes. The structure, enforcement and jurisdiction surrounding these codes can have a huge impact on their effectiveness and on the greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.

The UK and New York City have different approaches to regulating energy use in new buildings. Experts will discuss how cities can transition to a net zero energy code and share different approaches to enforcement.


  • Jo Wheeler, Sustainability Consultant, UKGBC
  • Miles Lewis, Head of Environmental and Social Sustainability, Lendlease UK
  • Michael Tillou, Associate Director, Atelier Ten USA
  • Charles Eley, Consultant, Architecture 2030 Zero Code


#2 Retrofit requirements: incentives that unlock action

30 May 2019, 9.30 -10.30am EDT, 2.30- 3.30pm GMT

Governments around the world are taking action to accelerate building retrofits. In the near future, New York City will likely require that large buildings reduce their energy consumption. The UK has policies that prevent buildings from being sold or leased until they meet energy requirements. How are these approaches different, and how can we avoid repeating mistakes?

Join UKGBC and Urban Green for a Global Exchanges webinar on retrofit mandates. Experts will explore the details of existing policies and share important lessons.


  • Jenny Holland, Public Affairs & Policy Specialist, UKGBC
  • Jessica Smith, Policy and Public Affairs Advisor, Rockwool
  • Russell Unger, Chief Strategy Officer, Urban Green Council


CPD: 1 hour per webinar

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With thanks to our Cities Programme partners

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