Date: Wednesday 25 January 2012

Faculty of Health & Social Care (Room H230), Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen

Energetica is the vision for economic development in the North East of Scotland in the corridor between Aberdeen and Peterhead.

The vision aspires for the area to become a world-leading energy technology destination combining high quality, energy efficient and low carbon living with dynamic energy focused businesses. Energetica aims to generate £750 million in investment in the first ten year period with the potential to create an additional £500 million of annual GVA in the region. Energetica forms part of Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (ACSEF) and Scottish Enterprise vision for regional development.

To help inform the project's aspirations for world class development, Energetica (ACSEF) commissioned Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, Robert Gordon University, to conduct a Building Performance Investigation into the current and future energy performance of residential building; this report was concluded at the end of June 2011.

Energising Construction: The Future is the opportunity for the built environment community to learn more about the Energetica vision and how it will seek to influence best practice in low energy construction and the Scottish Government's low carbon green agenda with respect to residential construction and energy supply and demand.

This conference will seek to disseminate the findings of the Building Performance Investigation, learn from the experience of others and obtain clarification in terms of Scottish Government policy. It will further seek to capture the views of the built environment community through a series of facilitated workshops and aspire to obtain positive ideas for future development that can in turn inform the Energetica vision.

The conference programme includes presentations by the Project Director of Energetica, leaders in the field of low energy residential development, Scottish Government representation, the design community and from project management of the Inverness Expo. In addition the conference will be attended by significant contributors to the Energetica vision in the areas of planning, design, innovation, building standards management and surveying.

An invited selection of leading manufacturers will also be displaying their latest low carbon technologies.

Who should attend?

This conference is for Architects, designers, environmental and sustainable consultants, developers, house builders, social housing providers, surveyors, innovators and those groups and individuals interested in the 'Greening' of our built environment.


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9.00 - 9.30



9.30 – 9.50

Prof Ferdinand von Prondzynski,
Principal & Vice Chancellor, RGU

Welcome & Introduction

9.50 – 10.10

Mairi Ross,
Housing Sustainability Strategy Unit,
Scottish Government.

Scottish Government ambitions for sustainable housing

10.10 – 10.40

Sara Budge, Project Director, Energetica

Building Performance Investigation in Context.

Energetica planning advice.

10.40 – 11.00



11.00 – 11.20

Dr David Moore

General findings; Energetica Building Performance Investigation; Best in Class, Low Energy Buildings

11.20 – 11.40

Prof Gokay Deveci

Low energy, low cost affordable passive housing design in Scotland.

11.40 – 12.15

Gary Wilson/Rhona Donnelly

Inverness Expo; Developers Consensus! Feedback, lessons and Big Questions for future development.

12.15 – 12.30

Dr David McClean

Morning round-up and introduction to afternoon/workshop format, Q&A

12.30 – 1.30


Suppliers EXPO Presentations (1.00 – 1.30) 




1.30 – 1.45

Gary Clark

Soft Landings: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings from Inception to Use

1.45 – 3.00

Gerard Buda

Introduction and organisation of 3 concurrent workshops + Workshop briefing by Facilitators



Workshop 1 –Low and Zero carbon technologies          

Bruce Taylor/Roddy Matheson



Workshop 2 – Modern Methods of Construction 

David Moore/Gary Wilson



Workshop 3 – Innovation  

Gary Clark/Rhona Donnelly

3.00 – 3.20



3.20 – 3.50


Facilitators to feedback main Workshop issues (10 mins each subject)

3.50 – 4.00

Dr David Moore,
Sara Budge

Drawing together themes and connectivity. Way forward




4.00 -


Networking Opportunity/EXPO


Workshop 1 - Low and zero carbon technologies

This workshop will address such issues as:

How do we take an integrated approach to the demand and supply of energy; assessing the 'bolt-on' technologies; how do we address energy demand for space and water heating; what is the influence and demand for food preparation and leisure; can zero carbon homes be affordable.

Workshop 2 - Modern Methods of Construction

The workshop will address such issues as:

Is there a common understanding of MMC; will investment in MMC be intensive prior to 2016, with any return largely arriving post 2016; what is the role of enterprise resource planning (ERP) in successful MMC developments; who 'owns' the methods used in MMC and should these be essentially 'open source'.

Workshop 3 - Innovation

The workshop will address such issues as:

Are regulations and standards opportunities or constraints; do regulations and standards reflect customer needs and wants; are technology-based innovations 'closed' solutions while methods-based innovations are 'open' solutions; is the construction industry approach to risk management a constraint on innovation.



Please email Helen Aggasild with your preferred first and second choices for these workshops.



Sara Budge

Sara Budge is Project Director for Energetica, the integrated development plan for an innovation and energy community corridor stretching from North West Aberdeen to Peterhead. She has extensive experience in the delivery of major projects in both the public and private sectors over 20 years for organisations such as Scottish Enterprise and BT Global Services. Her current role includes ownership of all aspects of this transformational programme, working closely with the 3 delivery partners, Scottish Enterprise, Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City - 'Team Energetica '. Her primary focus is to achieve and drive progress across 5 areas, Energy Technology and Supply Chain Development; Business Infrastructure; Lifestyle and Leisure; Planning and Design and Marketing. She describes her role as one of the most fascinating, exciting and challenging she has ever had.

She is married to a handsome Scotsman!, loves living in the Aberdeen village of Footdee and says there are many benefits to living here - including the advantage of learning to ski in Scotland!

Gerard A Buda MSc MRICS

Gerard Buda is a Chartered Surveyor and senior lecturer, Postgraduate Programme Leader and Business Development Co-ordinator at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment. Gerard was the Project Manager for the Energetica Building Performance Investigation commission and regularly contributes to and leads consultancy and research projects throughout the School.

His professional interests are in building surveying professional practice, sustainability and facilities management. In his spare time he walks the hills, competes in road rallies and frequently rebuilds a 1970 classic mini!



Gary Clark BSc (Hons) Dip Arch MPhil

Gary Clark is an architect with a reputation for creating architecture that is both contemporary and ecological. He believes to achieve a sustainable architecture a continual knowledge transfer between practice, research and teaching is required.

In 1998 Gary joined Hopkins Architects in London as a project director and environmental consultant, focusing on sustainable school, office and housing schemes. He joined Bennetts Associates’ Edinburgh office in 2006 and was a prominent addition to the firm’s environmental expertise. During 2010 Gary was an Associate Architect with Atkins in Glasgow where he led the Design of the £250m City of Glasgow College new campus.

He is also a registered BREEAM and LEED assessor. In 2009, Gary was appointed as Chairman of the Usable Buildings Trust, BSRIA Soft Landings User Group and is now the Project Director of the REALL (Riccarton Ecovillage and Living Laboratory) project on the Campus at Heriot Watt University which will be a full scale occupied test Facility for low carbon building, behaviours and technologies. 

Professor Gokay Deveci DipArch ARIBA ARB ARIAS

Professor Gokay Deveci heads the sustainable housing unit at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.  He has played a leading role in the adoption of the low-energy design and is one of the pioneers of ecological and environmental design.    His main contribution has been in the field of innovative housing design, especially relating to low energy and low cost solutions that uses appropriate technology and building materials, as well as being culturally sustainable.

His projects have been ground breaking and has won a series of prestigious design awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), Scottish Design and the Saltire Society Awards.   He has been a frequent speaker at professional conferences both at home and abroad. His innovative housing designs have featured widely in publications, and at major exhibitions.

In his presentation, Professor Deveci will discuss his most recent research and practice based initiatives, including the first affordable social ‘PassivHaus design in Scotland,  and explain how he has endeavoured to bring new thinking to projects commissioned by housing associations, local councils and other providers.

Rhona Donnelly MRICS

Rhona Donnelly is a Project Manager for O'Brien Homes Ltd, a family-owned company, with over a third of a century of experience in residential developments in the South East of England and throughout Scotland. From a background in Private Practice Surveying Rhona moved to main stream Construction in the early 90's. She has extensive experience in the development of housing for both private sector and social housing providers.

Rhona led the O'Brien Homes team at the Highland Housing Expo through the consultation process with WSD and on site in the construction of 9 units with 5 separate design teams. Her involvement in the Expo led to the inception of the new renewable Division of O'Brien Homes currently achieving MCS accreditation through the works at the Expo. Through the Expo she has instigated the long term energy monitoring of the privately owned houses on the site and has a personal interest in the development of innovations for low energy low carbon residential development.

In what little spare time she has with two teenagers who take up most weekends pony clubbing or downhill mountain biking she likes to get out and about with her own horse at local events.

Roddy Matheson, Industry Sector Manager & Renewable Energy Champion

Roddy Matheson is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aberdeen and spent almost 30 years running companies in road transport, materials handling and oilfield logistics prior to joining Aberdeenshire Council where he has been heavily involved in developing the region's wood heating industry as well as promoting greater energy efficiency within large employment clusters, helping to offset the significant carbon footprint he created in his haulage days when the fleet he operated covered 10 million miles annually.

He has been involved in Energetica since its inception in the technology delivery group with renewable hydrogen generation and use as a principal focus.


David McClean has been Head of The Scott Sutherland School since 2006, having joined Robert Gordon University in 1992; prior to this he was an Architect in practice in Cambridge. He completed his PhD in 2009 on the subject of Architecture Education.

David has been a Director of the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre since 2009 and is a Director of Aberdeen City Heritage Trust. He is actively involved in architectural education nationally, principally through work with the RIBA. He has been involved in their validation process on four continents, and has acted as a consultant internationally for the UIA.

Dr David R Moore PhD BSc(Hons) Dip LT MCIOB

David is currently a Reader within the Scott Sutherland School and has thus far achieved over 80 research outputs published in journals and conference proceedings, along with 5 books/book chapters. David's research activity has underpinned the business interaction work the he has been involved with, and this has included organisations such as Rolls-Royce and Aberdeenshire Council through the development and provision of bespoke project management training and study material. He is also working with external organisations such as the World Energy Cities Academic Partnership (WECAP) and the Construction Improvement Club (CIC).

David is a Board Member of the Environments for People Research Centre, The Robert Gordon University, and Course Leader of the MSc Construction Project Management course.

Mairi Ross, Housing Sustainability Strategy Unit, Scottish Government

Mairi Ross has worked in the Housing world for over 20 years from an Inverness base, managing the Highlands and Islands Affordable Housing Development Programme for Scottish Government up until April 2011. She now heads up a new team within the Housing Sustainability Strategy Unit working on opportunities for Large Scale Climate Change projects.

Mairi was previously involved in the development of the Scottish Housing Expo in Inverness and has experience of a wide range of innovative housing projects, working in partnership with Local Authorities and Registered Social landlords. Her current role is to influence the delivery of solutions for sustainable housing on a larger scale for both new build and existing homes.

Bruce J Taylor CEng MIMechE MCIBSE

Bruce Taylor, co-author of the Energetica Building Performance review, is a Chartered Building Services and Mechanical Engineer and is a lecturer and researcher at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment. He has many decades research experience in industry and academia mostly on the efficient supply and use of energy but has also worked on home electronic assistive technologies for vulnerable people.

His professional interest is in sustainable development and the science and engineering that support it. Bruce enjoys the freedom of the bicycle, the therapy of gardening and the creativity of art.

Gary Wilson BSc MRICS

Gary Wilson is director of WSD Scotland which was established in 1999 since when they have grown to become one of the quality multi-disciplined Chartered Surveying firms in the north of Scotland. He has over 25 years of main stream surveying and project management experience and in WSD's twelve-year history; the company has managed to secure major projects, nationwide.

Gary led WSD involvement in the Inverness Housing Expo for which they were retained for Project Management and Cost Consultancy services. He was involved from the early days of the initiative to the mediation between the numerous parties including Highland Housing Alliance, Scottish Government, 5 Contractors and 26 Architects.

In his spare time he now, having retired from part time rallying, has a much more relaxed pastime in looking after donkeys on his 4 acre croft in the Highlands.