Free Webinar – Sustainable housing: past, present and future

Free Webinar – Sustainable housing: past, present and future


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Join us for the next in our series of free online webinars. On 19 May, Senior Lecturer on CAT’s Masters in Sustainable Architecture course Dr Alison Pooley will explore the challenges and opportunities around housing, including the potential environmental benefits of retrofitting our current housing stock.

This spring’s free webinars feature our Graduate School lecturers, partners and guest speakers, introducing a wide range of sustainability topics, from horticulture and circular economies to energy and housing.

Sustainable houses in a Zero Carbon Britain

Our Zero Carbon Britain research shows that if we have high Passivhaus standards for new builds, retrofit all existing houses and improve internal temperature control we could reduce energy demand by around 50%, a crucial step in reaching zero carbon.

Making our existing housing stock more responsive to the climate and biodiversity emergency is critical. Regardless of how energy efficient new homes are, they only represent a very small percentage of the houses we will be living in by 2050.

In this webinar, Alison Pooley will outline the current issues in housing and explore some alternative models. Alison will focus on what we can do as householders and what the building, architecture and housing professions can do to make our homes more environmentally responsive and responsible. 

Alison will use case study examples to explore ways we can lower our impact and improve our homes, outlining the potential benefits for all of retrofitting buildings. These case studies will range from larger schemes to individual houses, offering tips and examples from completed projects on how we can all contribute to the collective action required to move towards a more equitable and resilient future.

 Key information

  • Duration: 1 hour, including talk and Q&A
  • Upcoming dates: Wednesday 19 May 2021
  • Start time: 7.30pm
  • Spaces are limited
  • Booking required (see below)
  • There will be opportunities to ask questions

How it works

  • Webinars are hosted on Zoom and booking a place is required (see below).
  • You can only book one place at a time.
  • Bookings require a functioning email address as the link to access the webinar will be sent there. Only one booking is allowed per email address.
  • You’ll usually receive notifications from us 1 day and 1 hour before the event is scheduled to take place.
  • This notification will include a Zoom webinar link. Simply click shortly before the webinar is due to begin.
  • Do not share your email link with other users. Space on the webinars is limited and each link will only give one user access.
  • If you have any questions please get in touch

Meet the speaker

Alison is the Programme Leader for the MArch in Sustainable Architecture. Prior to teaching at CAT Alison was in architectural practice for several years, before which she worked as a housing officer in East London; an experience which led her to want to retrain and study architecture. Alison taught at Anglia Ruskin University within the school of Engineering and the Built Environment and was most recently Deputy Head of School with responsibility for the architecture and planning courses. 

As well as teaching at CAT, Alison is a trustee of three local housing charities, including her local Community Land Trust. Her current research is focused on forms of housing that address the future needs of an ageing population, bringing her professional practice full circle to address the imperative of housing inequality.

Alison completed her PhD exploring learning, transformation, and environmental responsibility with the UK construction industry at the Welsh School of Architecture.

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