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At this event, attendees will hear about Oxfordshire's zero-carbon housing agenda, learn about the policies and frameworks that will determine future action, hear about inspiring case studies, and have the chance to see around the NW Bicester Eco Town site.

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This event is being run by Oxfordshire Greentech, Bioregional and the Oxfordshire Zero Carbon Homes Initiative (OZCHI) - supported and in partnership with OxLEP, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell DC and West Oxfordshire DC.


With every passing day, there is more agreement amongst councillors, council staff, architects and local groups across Oxfordshire that a policy for all new homes to be zero carbon is desirable. Given the national net-zero carbon target, the only real question is when this happens! Though questions remain over economic viability and the skills gap, it is clear that there is a lot of rapidly developing practice around the UK that we can learn from as well as looking at existing activity in Oxfordshire.

Bringing together local councillors, built environment consultants, house builders, local authority officers, the Local Economic Partnership, environmental groups and more, we'll deep dive into how to accelerate the move towards a zero-carbon Oxfordshire, focusing on the built environment. We'll finish the day with an optional tour of the Elmsbrook site.

Come along on 30 March for expert speakers, delicious low-carbon refreshments from Waste2Taste, networking and inspiration as we take this necessary agenda forward and consider how Oxfordshire could lead the way in creating a better built environment.

Speakers will discuss:

  • the local context and the ambition around the Oxfordshire Plan 2050
  • the practical application of zero-carbon policies
  • the definition of zero carbon
  • the viability of building to zero carbon
  • case studies of successful net-zero carbon housing developments
  • what we can do next

There will also be an optional guided tour of the Elmsbrook site, where you can find out more about this amazing net-zero carbon development and network with others along the way.

If we sell out all tickets, please do continue to register as you will join a waiting list. If anyone drops out, we will reallocate tickets to those on the waiting list in chronological order of registration.

Draft agenda

09:30 - Arrival, coffee, and networking

10:30 - Welcome / framing / context to the day (Jayne Norris - chair of OxLEP's Clean Growth Sub-Group/director of Edgars)

10:40 - Update and introduction - providing the local context and ambition around the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 and zero-carbon housing (Future Oxfordshire Partnership)

11:00 - What are the practical application of zero-carbon housing at District Council level? (West Oxfordshire District Council)

11:10 - The LETI definition of zero carbon and how this links with other UK definitions (Elementa)

11:30 - Discussion/Q&A

11:45 - Coffee break

12:00 - Zero-carbon housing delivery and viability (Currie and Brown)

12:20 - Warwick District Council's Zero Carbon Development Plan document - its ambition and delivery

12:40 - Lunch

13:40 - Greencore Construction - an exemplar of delivering zero-carbon homes in Oxfordshire now! (Greencore Construction)

13:50 - Exemplar case study - RIBA Stirling Prize winning Goldsmith Street and the City of York housing program (Mikhail Riches)

14:10 - Q&A - panel session

14:30 - How to deliver net-zero carbon homes - launch of new report and a look to the future (UK Green Building Council)

14:50 - An Oxfordshire zero-carbon Innovation Zone? (Oxfordshire Zero Carbon Homes Initiative)

15:00 - Wrap up and close

15:15 - Optional tour of Elmsbrook

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