MK50 Conference celebrates MK’s sustainability credentials

Date Posted:14/02/2017

Planners, architects and specialists in sustainable architecture and design will be speaking at a conference on Saturday 25th February at the Chrysalis Theatre, Willen Park, Milton Keynes.

The conference, part of the MK50 programme of events, will consider how the development of the Milton Keynes led to innovation in sustainable building design and energy efficiency, and how we could re-discover this ambition through community-led  energy initiatives.

The conference will open with a performance by the children of Summerfield School who have been working with the Community Energy Alliance and Grid Arts to consider what the home of the future might look like.

There will then be a focus on MK’s past, with speakers involved in championing sustainable building design through architecture and initiatives such as the first solar house in Bradville, Homeworld 81 in Bradwell Common and Energy World in Shenley Lodge.

Community Energy England will then give an overview of what is happening nationally in the community energy field, followed by an inspiring talk from Bill Dunster OBE, a renowned architect, who founded ZED Factory. He will talk about the role of good design in a renewable future

In the afternoon two current Milton Keynes based projects, Wolverton Community Energy and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy will give presentations. Then participants can choose between 4 different workshops which are designed to encourage those attending to take action locally.

The conference ends with a Panel discussion considering how Milton Keynes might address some of the challenges around sustainable building design and support community energy initiatives in the future.

Exhibitors include Co-operative Energy, JoJu Solar, Bridgman & Bridgman, Lyco, the National Energy Foundation and Eco Consultants who build Passivhauses = Zero Houses.  

The conference has been organised by the newly formed MK Community Energy Alliance, and sponsored by MK Smart, and the CAPE Project and is taking place at Camphill Milton Keynes. Camphill is one of the first organisations in Milton Keynes to benefit from solar PV installed by Wolverton Community Energy.  The conference is free to attend (with a £5 charge for lunch) but please register online