Living up to the Green Build Challenge

Date: Tuesday 2nd November   Time: 11:00-12:30   Location:

As a contribution to the momentum of COP26 in Glasgow, ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA London, the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy, will host a British – Austrian Web Symposium from 11:00 – 12:30pm on 2 November 2021.

The Government is ramping up energy efficient standards: The long-awaited publication of the Heat & Building Strategy is expected before COP26. The Future Homes Standard is due to be introduced from 2025, with a Future Building Standard for non-domestic buildings to follow. The required upgrading of energy performance regulations will begin by 2022 with implications for heating and insulation. But while all these changes will undoubtedly have a strong impact on the future of building and the entire construction industry in the UK many questions and uncertainties remain.

British-Austrian Web Symposium on “Green Building”

In view of Austria’s international reputation as an innovator and thought leader in sustainable building technologies and on the occasion of COP26, ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA (Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy) will host a web symposium to discuss challenges and share experiences on the path to net zero carbon buildings.

Keynote speakers

  • Gavin Killip will take a critical look the UK’s challenges with green building. As a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford he identifies underlying problems with the feasibility of Government plans. Killip talks about the sheer scale of refurbishing the existing building stock being compounded by a lack of familiarity of the new low carbon technologies and the challenges in building up a strong supply chain with the skills and resources to carry out installations.  
  • Susanne Formanek, President of the Austrian Institute for Healthy and Ecological Building (IBO) introduces Austria’s collaborative research programmes and other initiatives that facilitate continuous cooperative interaction between government, the research community, private business and key stakeholders.

Best practice case studies

  • Fronius is an inverter technology developer and integrates modern digital and monitoring technology into existing PV-solar energy systems. They work with social housing suppliers across the UK to provide more energy efficient homes and save tenants money by increasing efficiency of existing systems.
  • Ochsner, an Austrian heat pump manufacturer, shares experiences with investment in pioneering training programs for their UK design and installation partners as the bedrock of the optimal performance of their efficient but complex technology.
  • Variotherm introduces a retrofitting project of a listed office building faced with the requirement to retain the 1920s parquet flooring, thus ruling out underfloor heating. The installation of a Varioherm modular wall and ceiling panel heating system with additional cooling options resulted in 70% energy savings. 
  • Islington council’s Bunhill 2 project (this year’s National Energy Globe Awards winner) re-uses waste heat from London’s Underground to provide low carbon heating. As well as saving 500 tons of carbon per year, the scheme also alleviates fuel poverty.

Key details:

  • Date: Tuesday 2nd November
  • Timings: 11:00-12:30 GMT 
  • Location: Online


Registration is free but booking is essential 


More to come

Advantage Austria is organising the Austrian Pavilion at Futurebuild 2022 (1st to 3rd March at London’s ExCeL).

 In May 2022, Advantage Austria London will take a UK delegation to the Future of Building, an international congress in Vienna. Around 1,000 experts from all over the globe will discuss innovative solutions and future trends in green building. 

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