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Conference on affordable housing and public buildings comes to Glasgow

Glasgow City Council and the Passivhaus Trust will soon host a conference that points the way forward on delivering affordable and energy-efficient homes and public buildings.

The event – Passivhaus Social: Glasgow – will take place at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’s Strathclyde Suite on 29 May, and attendees are likely to be representatives of local authorities and housing associations, and others working in fields such as planning and development as well as people with an interest in the subject.

The Passivhaus approach to designing and constructing homes and buildings was developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany, and uses very little energy for heating and cooling, with a 75% reduction in consumption achieved, and subsequent environmental and financial benefits.

The Scottish Government has set carbon emission reduction targets (42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050) and Passivhaus is seen as one way of making substantial reductions in energy consumption.  The event offers a platform for those interested in using the Passivhaus approach to find out more about how to best to use it.

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convenor for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm, said: “We live in an environment where we need to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency, and this event offers organisations working to deliver affordable and sustainable public housing and buildings the chance to find about advice, support and best practice.”

The conference will be opened by Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, with contributions from leading professionals in this sector.

For more information on the event, please visit: http://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/event_detail.php?eId=578#.WvrlWu-ou01.

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