COURSE: Second Nature LIVE

Learn and help to innovate and plan sustainability considerations into the re-development of infill space across the South East.
Team work, meeting in a table. New strategies.


September 2, 2019 ( - )
November 13, 2019


Online & London




For the 2019 Second Nature LIVE programme, UKGBC is collaborating with Clarion Housing Group to give participants the opportunity to apply sustainability thinking to a re-development project across five infill sites in the South East. It will enable you to assess the sustainability considerations for these units and enhance your understanding of sustainable building.

Second Nature LIVE incorporates cutting edge, highly engaging learning techniques and has been specifically designed for those without sustainability in their job title. This programme is aimed for professionals with more than 5 years’ experience in the built environment and is suitable for both those who have sustainability experience or none at all. Participants will benefit from being able to bring insights back to their business on delivering sustainable building projects.

Through a range of active learning approaches with talks, site visits, virtual working, networking, group work, plenary discussions, research, webinars and workshops, you will learn about:

  • How sustainability considerations impact design briefs, working practices and decision-making across various disciplines and at all stages of a project
  • The role that site, climate, program, location, structure and building technology play in the process of design, construction, operation and maintenance
  • Opportunities and constraints, including, where relevant, key policy and regulatory frameworks, building performance standards, and industry trends
  • Interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to the application of the key principles to a live project or proposition
  • How to design proposals both qualitatively and quantitatively, developing a compelling business case


The programme

Part 1: Online kick-off and preliminary work (2 Sept)

  • 4 hours of guided learning, completed online.

Part 2 – Workshop – London (18-19 Sept, 1.5 day workshop)

  • Face-to-face workshop including a site tour, covering key stakeholders meetings, overview of ‘the challenge’ and basics of green building and construction

Part 3: Online group work (23 Sept-31 Oct)  

  • ~12 hours of guided learning completed online, involves tutoring, group research and development of proposals

Part 4: Report out – London (13 Nov half day workshop)

  • Face-to-face workshop where groups present to the panel and celebrate successful completion of the programme

CPD: 32 hours



  • Members – £395
  • Non members – £595

Bookings received before 1 May will receive 25% early bird discount. The deadline for all bookings is 1 August.

Book your place with early bird discount here!

For more information or to speak to one of the UKGBC team about this programme please contact us at


Note: The 2019 programme follows the successful run of the programme in 2018, which was based on the Birmingham Children’s and Women’s Hospital, with the NHS foundation trust as the host. For testimonials of this programme click here.


This is a training experience and will focus on a real life building. Any output ideas or strategies put forward will not constitute formal proposals for adoption by the building owners. Nor will this opportunity replace the need for such stakeholders to procure stand-alone professional advice on any aspects related to the development.