The Resilient Housing Conference is a collaboration between Modern Masonry, Brick Development Association and The Concrete Centre with the aim of providing the latest guidance and technical expertise to enable the design and delivery of long-lasting and high performance homes using concrete and masonry.

The conference addresses how our housing can be designed and delivered to respond to:

  • Warming climate and overheating risk – greater need to keep our buildings cool as well as warm
  • Changing weather patterns and flood risk  increased risk of flooding and storm events
  • Changing demographics – different types of housing to accommodate increasing elderly population and more urban living
  • Energy availability and fuel poverty – improved energy efficiency/ high thermal performance
  • Sustainability credentials – traceability of material supply, low carbon, recyclability
  • Occupant safety and comfort – fire resistance, health and wellbeing, thermal comfort

The event will explain the performance credentials of brick, block and concrete and the latest developments to deliver resilient, durable high-quality homes.

Reasons to attend the Resilient Housing conference:

  • Meet – meet product, design and construction experts and share best practice guidance on the specification of concrete and masonry for housing.
  • Discover – discover innovations that enable you to deliver energy efficient, fire resistant, flood resilient housing.
  • Attend – attend sessions from technical experts including exemplary case studies.


9:15 Registration and refreshments 
9:45 Conference welcome – Guy Thompson, The Concrete Centre
9:50 Designing Homes Fit for the Future
Lynne Sullivan, Founder, LSA Studio and Chair, Good Homes Alliance

Lynne will introduce the importance of building performance as well as place-making, climate resilience and future-proofing.
10:10 Exploring the Sustainability Credentials of Brick, Block and Concrete
This presentation will provide guidance on sustainable specification including low carbon, material efficient, responsibly sourced materials.
10:30 Healthier, Happier Homes: Designing Housing for Mental Wellbeing
Ben Channon, associate, Assael Architecture

How can we design housing with people, happiness and wellbeing at the centre? Ben Channon – architect, mental wellbeing ambassador and author of ‘Happy by Design’ – explains how we can improve the way that residential buildings support good mental health, without breaking the bank.
10:55 Case Study: Gainsford Road Project
Andrew Tam, senior architect, Gort Scott Architects

This project for Pocket Living provides affordable one-bedroom homes for first-time buyers in Walthamstow, meeting the borough’s housing aspirations while making a lasting contribution to the area.

Andrew will share the experience of designing efficient and functional layouts that are augmented with an external design that responds sensitively to the strong character of the surrounding area, with a sense of community promoted through shared amenities.

11:20 Coffee break and exhibition
11:50 Session welcome – Tom Farmer, Brick Development Association
11:55 Innovations and New Ideas in Housing
Oliver Novakovic, Technical and Innovation Director, Barratt Developments

Oliver will provide an overview of recent developments in construction methods, techniques and products being adopted by housebuilders.
12:15 Case Study: Project to be announced soon
12:35 Fire and the updates to Part B of the Approved Document
Tony Jones, Principal Structural Engineer, The Concrete Centre 

Since the Grenfell fire there have been several updates to the Approved Document B: Fire Safety and a number of advice notes published by government. These advice notes provide guidance for both new and existing buildings. In addition to providing guidance based on ongoing testing the notes also provide government interpretation of the regulations which some argue does not align with the approved documents.

The presentation will go through the important changes and discuss their impacts. It will also highlight the risks of designing in an environment where both guidance and the interpretation of that guidance is changing and suggest how these risks can be minimised.

13:00 Lunch and exhibition
13:45 Session welcome – Christopher Stanley, Modern Masonry
13:50 Designing Healthy and Resilient Homes
Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect, The Concrete Centre

The resilience of a new home can be enhanced through quite simple, low-cost, early design decisions, making significant potential improvements to health, wellbeing and long-term performance. This presentation explores how.
14:15 Flood Resilient Homes –  Delta Membranes
This presentation will explain the design principles associated with delivering flood resilient homes. Lessons learnt from the Flood Re House at BRE, and a number of case studies will be included.
14:35 Energy Efficiency and Thermal Mass
Tom De Saulles, Building Physicist, The Concrete Centre

Thermal mass has been used to help optimise building comfort for centuries and continues to be highly relevant in modern, low energy design. This includes a new approach for controlling the energy used for heating and cooling, where the ability of thermal mass to store heat enables a dynamic response to real-time energy prices, changing weather, and occupancy patterns.

This session provides an overview of this exciting new technology utilising thermal mass and re-examines the conventional role of thermal mass in housing that continues to underpin good design.

15:00 Baker Place – Resilient Housing in the North
Stuart McGrath, Architect, OMI Architects

Stuart will speak about OMI Architects’ recently completed Baker Place apartment development in Hulme, Manchester.  The project was delivered for One Manchester, a social landlord with an established base and stock in the area, and places a strong emphasis on the well-being of residents through a focus on daylighting, landscape, generous private and communal external spaces and sustainability.

The project is constructed in load bearing masonry and comprises 67 apartments across three buildings, ranging in height from four to five storeys, arranged around a landscaped communal courtyard.

15:25 Guidance for the Design of Brick, Block and Concrete Housing
Tom De Saulles
Tom is the author of a range of Easy Guides for Masonry Construction, as well as the popular Concrete Centre guides – Thermal Mass Explained, Thermal Performance Part L, Concrete Floor Solutions for Passive and Active Cooling.

Tom will provide a whistlestop tour of guidance available from The Concrete Centre, Modern Masonry, Brick Development Association and conference partners including: Concrete Block Association, Aircrete Products Association, Mortar Industry Association, Basement Information Centre and Forterra.

15:40 Closing summary and conference close


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