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Next Steps for Developing Green Building Standards

This event will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to come together and discuss the key policy priorities for developing green building standards in Scotland.

Tackling the climate emergency

The Scottish Government has declared a climate emergency and pledged to tackle the issue by reducing emissions to net-zero by 2040, with radical changes for the target to be met.

So what does this mean for Scotland’s built environment? Greenpeace have called for an overhaul of building standards system, including the creation of a national agency for enforcing standards across Scotland.

However other organisations such as Homes for Scotland and COSLA have argued that it would be more effective to reinforce the current system through greater resourcing and focus on retrofitting existing buildings.

Meanwhile the Scottish Government has announced it will consult in the coming months on a “fundamental overhaul” of the relationship between building regulations and energy efficiency.

Join Holyrood on 17th March as we examine the way forward for developing green building regulations in light of these recent developments, alongside an expert speaker line-up.

Key Issues We'll Address with You

  • Policy in context: climate emergency and reducing emissions in the built environment
  • Centralise or devolve? The future of the building standards powers
  • Resourcing and the future workforce
  • Good practice in green buildings

Who Should Attend

  • Local authorities - including building standards, surveyors, housing and planning teams
  • Construction industry bodies
  • Environmental charities
  • Government agencies

Would You Like to Speak at Our Event?

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speaker and case studies. Please contact

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

Session 1: Policy and context

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

10:05 Senior policymaker

10:25 Senior speaker, local authority

10:45 Senior speaker, academic

11:05 Senior speaker, third sector

11:25 Q&A

12:00 Lunch and Networking

Session 2: Next Steps and Good Practice

12:30 Senior speaker, local authority

12:50 Senior speaker, construction

13:10 Senior speaker, innovation

13:30 Senior speaker, workforce

13:50 Q&A

14:25 Chair's Closing Remarks

14:30 Close of Event

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17 Mar 2020
Central Edinburgh
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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