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Second Nature LIVE is UKGBC’s practical learning programme for built environment professionals from all disciplines. Its objective is to enhance sustainability knowledge and skills, making it second nature for participants. Previous experience in sustainability is not required. It incorporates cutting edge, highly engaging learning techniques and participants will be able to bring insights back to their business on delivering sustainable building projects.

Through a range of active learning approaches with talks, site visits, virtual working, networking, group work, plenary discussions, research, webinars and workshops, you will learn about:

  • How sustainability considerations impact design briefs, working practices and decision-making across various disciplines and at all stages of a project
  • The role that site, climate, location, structure and building technology play in the process of design, construction, operation and maintenance
  • Opportunities and constraints, including, where relevant, key policy and regulatory frameworks, building performance standards, and industry trends
  • Interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to the application of the key principles to a live project or proposition
  • How to design proposals both qualitatively and quantitatively, developing a compelling business case

The programme

Part 1: Online kick-off and preliminary work

  • 4 hours of guided learning, completed online.

Part 2: Workshop

  • Face-to-face workshop including a site tour, covering key stakeholders meetings, overview of ‘the challenge’ and basics of green building and construction

Part 3: Online group work

  • ~12 hours of guided learning completed online, involves tutoring, group research and development of proposals

Part 4: Report out

  • Face-to-face workshop where groups present to the panel and celebrate successful completion of the programme

This is a training experience and will focus on a real life project. Any output ideas or strategies put forward will not constitute formal proposals for adoption by the building owners. Nor will this opportunity replace the need for such stakeholders to procure stand-alone professional advice on any aspects related to the development.

Event details

Open to

All are welcome.