Passivhaus Affiliate

RIBA CPD Programme - Cost effective sustainable design solutions

Date: Several dates throughout 2019 Time: 2.5 hours
Location: Various locations Cost: £15-£210

In a changing world, where the ethical function of architecture is in a state of flux, is it possible for the architecture we create to contribute to sustainable development that is not only good for the planet but is also affordable? The answer lies in a design where cost and sustainability are integral from the outset. Throughout the early stages in the design process, big decisions are made that will affect both the cost and the sustainability of the building and yet, at this time, there is little input from cost or energy consultants. So, you, as the architect, need to take the lead.

This seminar will give you the knowledge to make these decisions with an understanding of the implications on energy and cost; this is the true process of value engineering as opposed to cost cutting.

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The seminar is a part of the RIBA Core CPD 2019 and the RIBA City CPD 2019 programmes and covers the following core curriculum topics:

  1. Sustainable architecture
  2. Design, construction and technology
  3. Business, clients and services



Each seminar will be delivered by one of three of the UK's leading Passivhaus experts.

Sally Godber, WARM

Sally Godber founded WARM with her father Peter Warm in 2009. Sally has vast experience in the design and construction of low energy buildings and specialises in large residential and commercial buildings. As well as consulting on design projects, WARM are the most prolific Passivhaus certifiers in the UK, provide building services design for low energy buildings, undertake post occupancy analysis and most importantly teach. Having undertaken low energy building projects, including a Passivhaus certified home in 2017 and EnerPHit office in 2013, Sally really understands the fragile balance of budget, design and sustainability.

Nick Grant, Elemental Solutions

Nick is the principal of Elemental Solutions, a sustainable building consultant with a lifelong passion for doing more with less. His interest in closing the performance gap between design and reality led him to the Passivhaus Standard of which he is one of the UK pioneers. Nick also works on building related eco-design including lighting, sanitary ware and composting toilets. He is an active contributor to discussions on sustainable design but is also a practical engineer and self-builder. He was a long time trustee of the AECB and is technical director of the Passivhaus Trust.

Mark Siddall, LEAP

Mark is regarded as one of the pioneers that brought the Passivhaus Standard to the UK. He is an award-winning architect, researcher, educator and author with a growing international reputation. Mark has been at the forefront of sustainable low energy and low carbon design for over ten years and is a trustee of the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB). Through his practice LEAP, Mark creates low energy, low carbon homes and communities that are sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area and reflect high standards in architecture.

Locations and dates

Seminars will take place throughout the year at a range of locations across the country, either as a stand-alone seminar between 2 and 4.30pm, or as one part of a City CPD Day, from 9.30am to 3.15pm.

View the full list of locations and dates here.



Core CPD seminar: £15+VAT students, £46+VAT RIBA/CIAT members, £92+VAT non-members.

City CPD day: £50+VAT students, £105+VAT RIBA/CIAT members, £210+VAT non-members.



Tickets for each event can be booked online, or contact your RIBA regional office.

Further information


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