NEARER TO ZERO

Vanessa attended the Nearer to Zero conference at the Science and Industry Museum to learn about the challenge that zero carbon homes by 2016 represents. 
Speakers included Henry Demaria, the Government’s Head of Zero Carbon Homes Policy,
Neil Jefferson, CEO of the Zero Carbon Hub and Andrew Stunnell, Lib Dem MP for Hazel Grove.

In short, we’ve come a long way since 2002 when Part L was first launched but there is still a fair way to go and money will have to be spent!
The day was very positive however with lots of good data on energy reduction and cost analysis, and even a Passivhaus case study – is Passivhaus the only way we”ll practically achieve these targets?

GREENBUILD

We attended Greenbuild at Manchester Central last week and gave a presentation about our Retrofit project in Rochdale.  Over 150 people attended our seminar to learn about energy efficiency improvements for existing housing stock, tenant engagement and monitoring.  It went really well and we are looking forward to getting started on our next Retrofit project based on everything we have already learnt!

RETROFIT

St Vincent’s Housing Association
Completed Pilot Study.
Second stage has started with Residents information feedback on energy bills.
SVHA have invited us to their demonstration unit.

Liverpool Housing Trust
Void property Retrofit out to tender June 2012.  Good feedback from LHT on first tage presentation.

Harvest Housing
Meeting to set up to present Milnrow Road project.

Cheshire Peaks & Plains
Asked us to do a Pilot Project.  Carl Newby Asset Manager will give us the property details.

First Choice Homes
Will ask us to do a Pilot Project at some point.

Presentations: Steve joined a GMCC meeting and spoke about Retrofit and Green Deal.

Congratulations to Kat

Congratulations to Kat who has qualified as a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor.

The Code for Sustainable Homes is the Government’s Environmental Assessment Method for new build housing. It provides individual dwellings with a star rating based on its energy and water use, waste and surface water run-off reduction, site ecology and materials as well as other ‘health and well being’ factors such as access to private space and daylight levels. A higher rating represents a more sustainable home with the maximum 6 stars being awarded only to zero carbon homes.

Kats commitment to achieving the qualification runs alongside completing the final year of a 4yr doctorate in Urban Ecology at Salford University.  Kat says “Whilst its a lot of work running everything together, becoming an assessor for Pozzoni Management Services means I can undertake code assessments on behalf of the company, and give back to them the commitment they have given me in my training.”

Retrofit and Sustainability

Salford University have agreed to collaborate with us on Reftrofit and Sustainability.

This area of the Industry poses the greatest challenge and potentially, in the longer term, the biggest area for investment.

The Pozzoni Team warm up for 2011 with Olympic Efforts!

The Company prepared for the tough year ahead with a vigorous work out at the recent Pozzoni Olympics.

Taking a break from traditional team building and strategy development, the whole Practice took part in a series of mind bending puzzles, quizzes, treasure hunts and Wi games, all fuelled by a healthy breakfast of bacon, sausages and eggs and an end of the day de-brief at the local pub!

The feedback was really positive and everyone agreed that it was important during such challenging times to bring everyone together and have some fun.

The eventual winners, Relegation R Us, were announced by Senior Partner David Hughes, who also shared the shock news that the Pozzoni London Office had won the 2012 Pozzoni Games…….