Last edited 02 Jul 2021

2021 Soft Landings Conference



[edit] Introduction

The Soft Landings Framework is available from the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) and is intended to smooth the transition into use and to address problems that post-occupancy evaluations show to be widespread. It was first published in 2009 and is developed by the BSRIA Soft Landings Group. It celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019.

[edit] 2021 virtual event

BSRIA's Soft Landings Conference 2021 was offered as a series of interactive webinars conducted online on 24 June 2021. The theme of the event, 'Smoothing the path to net zero', provided an overview of strategies for reducing the country’s carbon footprint through modifications in the built environment. It examined how adapting the Soft Landings approach - adopted at the earliest design stages, brought forward into construction and then incorporated into ongoing operations - can play a significant role in delivering net zero buildings. It also explored how all stakeholders in the construction and built environment sectors can work together to ensure that the right targets are set for projects at the beginning and that they will be met at the end.

[edit] Sessions

As chair of the event, BSRIA's Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein welcomed attendees and the presenters, who represented different aspects of project teams. Her introductions were followed up by a keynote presentation by Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO of the Better Buildings Partnership.

[edit] Keynote

Ratcliffe discussed ‘The Pathway to Net Zero: BSRIA Soft Landings’, stressing the importance of translating the sector’s commitments into action. She acknowledged several practical initiatives (from organisations including the UKGBC, BREEAM, GRESB, BEIS and so on) that stress performance outcomes and noted the business-like approach of the Australian NABERS programme that has recently been introduced in the UK (and is now being administered by BRE under the name NABERS Design for Performance).

Picking up on the theme of collaboration, Ratcliffe outlined the roles of various stakeholders and explained how each could take responsibility in different areas. These roles included:

Next, Ratcliffe looked at the pieces of the puzzle required across the whole lifecycle of the building process to deliver net zero goals successfully. She specifically remarked on the need for consensus, transparency, skills and collaboration.

[edit] Event agenda

[edit] Morning programme

Session: Implementing Net Zero on the University College London (UCL) Estate

Session: Operational Net Zero

Panel discussion and Q&A.

[edit] Afternoon programme

Session: Targeting operational energy and delivering low energy outcomes through Soft Landings Aftercare (including case study of St John’s College, Oxford)

Session: Smoothing the path to net zero carbon (NZC)

Session: Digital Soft Landings process for smooth transition from design and construction to operations.

After the panel discussion and Q&A with the second group of speakers, Krystyna Dawson, Commercial Director of BSRIA offered her insights on the event along with closing remarks.

--Heidi Schwartz

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