Constructing Excellence in Wales and Zero Carbon Hub announce Nearer To Zero Events

Friday, December 13, 2013

In a move that reinforces the Welsh Government’s aim to achieve zero carbon development within the context of economic growth and housing by 2016, Constructing Excellence in Wales is hosting two Nearer to Zero conferences in January 2014.

The focus of both conferences is on the steps that need to be taken to ensure zero carbon housing policy moves from ambition to reality and in attendance will be partners in the house building industry who will be discussing how to attain Wales’ zero carbon targets.

On Monday 20th January; Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies will be talking at a Cardiff based conference while on Thursday 23rd January, Minister for Housing and Regeneration Carl Sargeant will be speaking at a Llandudno event. Chairing both conferences will be Jane Davidson, former Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales 2007-2011 and currently Director of INSPIRE (Institute for Sustainability Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

Through discussions and interactive key pad sessions after presentations covering five elements (Zero Carbon Wales, Energy Efficiency and Value, Delivering zero carbon homes, Performance Gap: Design vs As Built and the Road Ahead), conference attendees will formulate an action plan to be presented to Welsh Government outlining the steps needed to successfully move forward and ensure targets will be met.                           

Emma Thomas, Director, Sustainability Programme and Wales Low Zero Carbon Hub is positive that interaction at the two conferences will allow them to outline the steps required. She said: “By bringing together planners, house builders, Welsh Government and professionals from the domestic sector and related disciplines, we’ll be in a good position to explore opportunities for closer collaboration to achieve zero carbon targets.

“These recommendations will then be presented to Welsh Government with key timings attached to them.”

Iwan Jenkins, Construction Projects and Energy Partner at Hugh James understands the value that collaboration between members of the industry can bring. He said: “The Nearer to Zero conferences will be ideal opportunities for the construction / property industry to plan the future together and move towards achieving the zero carbon targets.

“I encourage anyone who wants to be part of the debate to attend and contribute.”

To reserve your place at the conferences please email or call 029 20493322.

For more information on both events, go to


Notes to editor

About Constructing Excellence in Wales

Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) aims to encourage the industry to rethink and improve the construction process to deliver economically and environmentally sustainable outcomes in Wales. Funded by the Welsh Government, CEW works with all parts of the industry to facilitate, promote, encourage and demonstrate innovative ways of working to deliver a better built environment.

The Wales Low/Zero Carbon Hub was established in April 2009, to take forward the work of reducing carbon emissions from the built environment and help meet Welsh Government targets. To achieve these targets will require a change in how we live and work, which demands a different approach to creating and managing the built environment.  The WLZCH delivers practical steps to help bring about change, investigates the technical aspects and works with Government and industry to help mainstream low/zero carbon thinking.

The Zero Carbon Hub is a cross sector public/private partnership set up in 2008 to facilitate the mainstream delivery of low and zero carbon homes in England.  Through a number of work streams, it advises industry and government at all levels on the skills, practice and innovation required to meet the zero carbon ambition.  The Hub reports to the 2016 Taskforce.