Climate Change and the Workplace: Towards Net Zero Carbon
Wednesday 26 February 2020, 09:30 – 17:00 + Drinks Social
Herman Miller National Design Centre, London

What should workplace designers, managers and consultants know and do in response to the current climate emergency?

Positive changes in the way we work and manage our workplaces will soon be required, whether as a result of direct legislation or by the growing expectations of customers, partners and employees.

We’re putting together this one day conference as a special addition to our usual event schedule. Sessions will cover:

  • Scene Setter – where we are now
  • Overview of current schemes – WELL, LEED, BREEAM etc
  • Net Zero Carbon standards
  • Designing for Performance
  • Refurbishment vs New Build
  • Fit-Out: Embodied and Whole Life Carbon requirements
  • The Circular Office
  • Waste and Recycling
  • Energy targets and the office environment
  • The Case for Active Travel
  • Action Planning

Speakers Include

Sarah Ratcliffe, Better Buildings Partnership

Sarah Ratcliffe is CEO of the BBP. Sarah has over 15 years experience advising many of the UK’s leading property investors and developers on sustainability issues. As a founding Director of Upstream (acquired by JLL in 2007), she was instrumental in establishing some of the earliest sector sustainability benchmarks including the Property Environment Group, NextGeneration and The Third Dimension. As a European Director at JLL Sarah was responsible for leading the firm’s sustainability consultancy in UK and Europe and sat on the Global Sustainability Board. In addition to various independent consultancy projects, Sarah is now a visiting lecturer on Sustainable Real Estate at Cass Business School and a Board Director of the Sustainable Development Foundation.

David Cheshire, AECOM

David specialises in sustainability in the built environment and is Director – Sustainability at AECOM. David has more than 20 years’ experience acting as a sustainability champion on construction projects, and is a Chartered Environmentalist and BREEAM Accredited Professional. He has written best-practice industry guidance, including CIBSE’s Sustainability Guide. David is the author of Building Revolutions, a book for the RIBA on applying circular economy thinking to the built environment. The hierarchy proposed in David’s book is referenced in the latest London Plan consultation.

Alan Fogarty, Cundall

Alan Fogarty is a Partner in Cundall and heads up their specialist environmental building physics group. He is a chartered Building Services Engineer who has specialised in passive building design and low carbon systems. 

He is chair of the UK’s MHCLG 2020 Part L Non Domestic working group, looking at proposals for revising Building Regulations in order to meet challenging carbon reduction standards. 

Alan led the implementation of the WELL Building Standard for Cundall’s London office fit out, the first certified WELL project in Europe and offers health and wellbeing consultancy to clients on multiple projects.

He is leading on the implementation of the new Design for Performance on a number of projects which optimises energy performance in use against design targets, using a digital twin.

Karl Desai, UK Green Building Council

Karl is Projects Manager – Advancing Net Zero at UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

Having worked for Green Building Councils in Australia, New Zealand and now the UK Karl is passionate about leading the sustainable transformation of the built environment and believes in harnessing the power of collective action to address humanity’s greatest challenge, climate change.

He’s currently in a role tackling this head on, managing a multi-project campaign to fully decarbonise the UK’s built environment by 2050. This includes developing the UK’s ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings: Framework Definition’ and ‘Guide to Scope 3 Reporting in Commercial Real Estate’.

Neil Webster, Cyclo Consulting

Neil is the founder of the management consultancy Cyclo Consulting and a Director of Remit Consulting. He focuses on real estate strategies for large organisations – public and private. He is currently assisting health Trusts and local authorities on their estate transformation programmes.

How real estate and the workplace interfaces with active travel has been an interest of Neil’s for over a decade. For Remit he authored the 2017 BCO report – The Market Cycles, leads tours of workplace cycling facilities and curated the Club Peloton member event “Bikes, Brains and Workplace”. More recently, also with Remit, he led a team reviewing the cycling facilities of over 700 buildings for a major corporate. A best practice guide is likely to follow this report. For two years he was also a Trustee of London Cycling Campaign. Not surprisingly he may be found on a bike from time to time!

Drinks Social

As with all our events, everyone is welcomed to an informal Drinks Social immediately after the conference close. Here, the discussion continues, and you can catch up with old friends and make new connections.


We’re delighted to return to the inspiring space at the Herman Miller National Design Centre for this event. Delegates will have the opportunity to look around the centre before and after the conference and during the conference breaks.


Attendance in person:
Super early bird, 1-delegate: £195 + VAT
Super early bird, 2-delegate package: £340 + VAT

Virtual attendance:
Receive videos of each conference session. Videos will be released to you approximately 2 weeks after the conference date.
Super early bird rate: £95 + VAT