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Moving the design quality agenda forward at WoodFest Reading

It's not a new subject and it's not one to solve easily: How to make high-quality, sustainable and healthy homes attainable to the average citizen in the country. Elsewhere, we've discussed the matter with clarity that a level playing field is required, i.e. raising the bar for all housing developers, and that the emphasis is on the affordability of quality homes, not on the question of how to build these.

For WoodFest Reading, we have teamed up with Kiss House to discuss how the new generation of purpose driven developers and manufacturers can drive this agenda forward. Join the discussion on 3rd July at Spaces Reading and help push the envelop!

Making high-quality homes attainable, 4.00-5.30pm 

This event brings together people from the new wave of purposeful organisations in UK housing to talk about their approaches to make quality homes accessible and why it matters.

The format will be an interactive panel discussion with plenty of opportunity to add your input and critical questions. Panellists include:

  • Mike Roberts, SSASY - property developer delivering highly sustainable and beautifully designed projects in Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley
  • Sally Godber, CarbonLite and WARM Low Energy Building - CIBSE small building consultancy of the year 2019
  • Mike Jacob, Kiss House - turnkey provider of modular homes built to Passivhaus standard
  • Gareth Mason, Stora Enso - timber company dedicated to driving quality and innovation in the construction industry through open source design systems

Attendance is free but booking is essential.

The Deerings - case study presentation, 6.00-7.30pm

A new build modernist certified Passivhaus, this striking home is a sympathetic response to its urban setting and sits comfortably alongside its more traditional neighbouring properties. Its simple rectangular form is on the cutting edge of sustainable design, constructed utilising modern and innovative methods and built with family living in mind.

Learn more about this RIBA East award winning building from the project team and client.

Project team

Book your free ticket here.

More WoodFest Reading events

17-21 June, School of Architecture End of Year Show, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading

Book your place at any of the WoodFest Reading events here.

Partners: KISS house; RIBA South and South East; TRADA; The University of Reading School of Architecture; Vastern Timber.

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