COURSE: Second Nature LIVE

Develop and apply sustainability skills on a live project.
Team work, meeting in a table. New strategies.


September 2, 2019


Online & London



Participants will shape infill site re-development across London and the South East, inspiring innovative sustainable development through UKGBC’s applied learning programme, Second Nature LIVE.

For the 2019 programme, UKGBC is partnering with Clarion Housing Group to offer participants the chance to apply sustainability thinking on a range of brownfield development sites, including small plots of land, disused commercial assets and disused garages. The project represents a real opportunity to input into the overall strategy for the sites and develop design and delivery ideas for sustainable and innovative buildings.

Second Nature LIVE is UKGBC’s practical learning programme for built environment professionals from all disciplines. Its objective is to enhance sustainability knowledge and skills, making it second nature for participants. Previous experience in sustainability is not required. It incorporates cutting edge, highly engaging learning techniques and participants will be 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, 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

Second Nature LIVE 2019 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. Find out what participants thought of the programme here.


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 (12 Nov half day workshop)

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


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.