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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: £40 + 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?

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

In a world of climate emergency and the UK’s commitment to zero carbon, Nathan Bradberry will present on the role of district heating and housing energy retro-fit as key contributors to the UK’s transition towards carbon neutrality. The presentation will cover the future ambitions, opportunities and challenges faced in these markets.

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 Simon Crichton, 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 at Bevan Brittan LLP and leads on Energy Infrastructure work. He is part of a team of dedicated energy lawyers that specialise in energy efficiency and energy performance contracting working on projects ranging from more straight-forward installation of energy generation equipment, operation and maintenance agreements, guaranteed saving models through to more substantial procurements of heat networks and district energy schemes. Bevan Brittan has market leading expertise in the delivery of heat networks and advised on 5 out of the 9 projects that received Government investment as part of the pilot funding round of the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP). The team has 360 degree experience of advising all parties that may be involved in a heat network or energy efficiency project including developers, local authorities, housing associations, Universities, funders/investors, energy generators, infrastructure contractors/suppliers etc.


Bevan Brittan LLP has ‘considerable knowledge and experience in both public and private sector energy deals’ and is routinely instructed by utilities and energy companies in complex district energy schemes and renewable projects. Nathan Bradberry is ‘particularly strong in EPC contracting’.  - Extract from ‘The Legal 500’

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.

 Simon Crichton, Food Farming & Trade Team Manager, Triodos Bank

 Simon leads Triodos Bank’s specialist organic food, farming and trade team. He joined Triodos Bank in 2009 having completed a Degree in Agriculture at Harper Adams and worked as a farm consultant. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in agricultural banking and still learning. Triodos actively supports the organic market by lending to some of the UK's leading organic businesses - from farmers, producers and processors to retailers and restaurants. Simon is on the Organic Trade Board and involved with number of other organisations supporting a sustainable approach to business.

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.


Andy Merrin, Head of Energy and Innovation, ENGIE

Andy is a Chartered Environmentalist and Head of Energy and Innovation for ENGIE’s regeneration business in London. He has worked in the commercial property, rail, aviation and, more recently, housing sectors both in the UK and Middle East. Andy currently leads on the delivery of low carbon housing retrofit strategies and maximising funding opportunities within the social housing market. With over 20 years’ experience working for Arup, Bechtel and now ENGIE Andy has a wealth of knowledge on issues including microgeneration technologies, the energy performance of buildings, Government funding schemes and whole house retrofit initiatives such as Energiesprong.

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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