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The Future Economy Network is proud to be presenting this seminar with subscribers and sponsors Bevan Brittan. They will be joined by representatives from Engie, HAB Housing and Bright Green Futures.

Tuesday 17th September 2019, 9:30 - 12:30

Venue: Triodos Bank

Tickets: £45 + VAT (discounts available for FEN subscribers)

The decarbonisation within construction, building maintenance and heating is key to progressing our ambitions towards carbon neutrality. What can we learn from across the UK and further afield? What opportunities does this present for business and what funding opportunities can help progress these aspirations?

Robert Harrold, Design Manager, HAB Housing

Lovedon Fields – a holistic approach to sustainable homes. From a conventionally farmed field HAB recreated a rich habitat for local flora and fauna, a large extension to the village park and fifty sustainable homes that sit lightly in the new landscape. This talk outlines the design philosophy, some of the key features of the project and how we realised our ambitions and those of the community.

Steffie Broer, Founder, Bright Green Futures

This talk will be about Bright Green Futures Water Lilies project. Water Lilies is a pioneering eco self-build community project in Bristol situated by 650 acres of Blaise Castle parkland and Kings Weston Estate. The project is designed by Bright Green Futures in collaboration with Marshall and Kendon Architects and individual self and custom builders. We provide the option for people to design their homes, alongside influencing community features and creating the building blocks for an eco-community, and then part-build their homes and community with hand holding support from Bright Green Futures. 


9:30 – 9:55 – Registration and tea & coffee

9:55 – 10:00 – Introduction from The Future Economy Network

10:00 – 10:10 – Introduction from Triodos Bank

10:10 – 10:30 – Nathan Bradberry, Bevan Brittan

10:30 – 10:50 – Andy Merrin, Engie

10:50 – 11:10 – Robert Harrold, HAB Housing

11:10 – 11:30 – Steffie Broer, Bright Green Futures

11:30 – 11:55 – Panel Discussion

11:55 – 12:00 – Closing remarks

12:00 – 12:30 – Networking

After 12:30 – Visit exhibition and have lunch at Millennium Square (see below)


As part of your ticket, you will receive a lunch voucher to exchange at our Sustainable Food Zone at Millennium Square.


Nathan Bradberry, Partner Infrastructure (Energy and Construction), Bevan Brittan

Nathan is a Partner in the Commercial and Infrastructure department with a primary focus on infrastructure and energy projects including large scale energy from waste, biomass, nuclear, marine, district energy and Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) (voltage optimization, solar PV, CHP, battery storage and other energy efficiency measures). He advises on key legal and commercial aspects of such projects ranging from legal models/structure, business case development, funding, construction, supply chain procurement, operation and maintenance. He regularly provides training and seminars on issues relevant to these sectors.

Robert Harrold, Design Manager, HAB Housing

Rob’s early career as a structural engineer found him designing anything from Maggie’s Centres to airport terminals, anywhere from London to Jakarta. Through his work on residential projects for some inspirational clients he developed a keen interest in creating high quality, sustainable housing which ultimately brought him to HAB Housing. As design manager he has the opportunity to shape projects to fulfil HAB’s ethos of making sustainable, beautiful and joyful places to live.

Steffie Broer, Founder, Bright Green Futures

Steffie Broer is an award winning entrepreneur and environmentalist and founder of Bright Green Futures. Bright Green Futures is the UK’s leading provider of eco self-build communities. The company enables its customers to design and build their dream home in the heart of contemporary and thoughtful communities. Steffie built her first home in an eco self-build community in 2001 with her first baby on her back, whilst also working as a sustainable energy advisor.  Keen to explore how house building can be truly sustainable, Steffie completed an engineering doctorate in creating low carbon communities at UCL. She concluded that eco self-build communities have significant potential not only to improve livelihoods but also to develop highly sustainable communities. Inspired by her findings and personal journey, the next logical step was to found Bright Green Futures to create a proof of concept: Known as The Courtyard, Steffie led the design and construction of a co-housing community of six self-build homes for her family and friends.  Currently, Steffie is pioneering a flag-ship self-build development called Water Lilies, consisting of 33 carbon neutral self and custom build homes in Bristol.

The Future Economy Group are working with carbon offset provider, The Converging World to calculate Festival attendee’s carbon footprint. Attendees for the seminars have the option to add this to their ticket price when completing their Eventbrite booking, with a suggested donation of £1 per attendee. It is hoped that this will help those attending to consider their carbon footprint in their everyday activities. For those who decide against offsetting their carbon, The Future Economy Group will make their payment. All payments will be made to our chosen charity, The Converging World. Find out more information here.

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