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In-depth Session: Low Carbon and Sustainable Design & Construction Techniques – Coventry

As part of the West Midlands Local Authority Low Carbon Economy Programme, the ‘In-depth Session:  Low Carbon and Sustainable Design & Construction Techniques’ sessions are being held in two locations in the West Midlands:



29 November 2011

Time for all the above events

9.30am – 4.00pm with registration from 9am.


Coventry City Council, Lord Mayor’s Hospitality Suite, Council House, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR


URSUS Consulting on behalf of Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands and Sustainability West Midlands

Target audience

This event is available free of charge to Local Authority Officers and Elected Members from across the West Midlands. 

The event itself

The session aims to increase understanding of low carbon and sustainable design and construction techniques and related planning issues, covering topics such as:  

  • Low carbon building design hierarchy.
  • Design elements – site and orientation, thermal mass, ventilation, lighting etc.
  • Codes and Standards – Part L, BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes.
  • Costs and economic viability.
  • Design for climate change adaptation.
  • The Passivhaus concept
  • Retrofit and restoration of buildings.
  • Case studies of local planning for low carbon design and construction.


Site visit 

This session includes a site visit to Sampson Close Passivhaus, Coventry.

This is an excellent example of Passivhaus housing development by Orbit Housing.  The addres is the Naked House, 40 Sampson Close, Coventry, CV2 1RB.  

The visit will take place following the in-depth session on Low Carbon and Sustainable Design and Construction Techniques being held at The Lord Mayor’s Hospitality Suite, Council House, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR. A maximum of 8 people are permitted on the site visit at any one time.  Two tours will be provided, one at 2pm and one at 3pm.

This site visit is only open to those attending the in-depth session. If you would like to attend the visit you need to email stephen.owen@ursusconsulting.co.uk to confirm whether you wish to go on the 2pm or 3pm tour (places will allocated on a first come first served basis).  People will be asked to share lifts from the in-depth event at the Council House, or make their own way to Sampson Close.  Please read the site visit protocol available to download on the right-hand side of the page.   

How do you attend this event

To register to attend, fill in the booking form.

Contact Information

If you would like any further information please contact Steve Owen  (stephen.owen@ursusconsulting.co.uk   Tel  07720 416 356) or Fran Gilbert (fran.gilbert@swm.org.uk Tel.  0121 237 5890).


Site visit protocol (pdf)

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