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The Built Environment sub-group’s remit is to advise the Scottish Government on the steps required to ensure significant carbon reductions associated with the built environment, in order to meet climate change obligations.

Covering private, public, domestic and non- domestic buildings, the sub-group will be looking at improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings, zero carbon new build, and considering the actions that need to be taken to create an environment where a market for district heating and renewable micro-generation can thrive.

The remit also includes targets, planning rules and policy measures to support the mass roll-out of energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures.

Retrofit Scotland continues to be a successful initiative derived of the sub-group in 2012. Visit the website for updates and case studies.

Graham Baxter

Sustainable Engineering Manager | Standard Life Investments

Stephen Boyle

Programme Area Manager | Resource Efficient Scotland

Stephen is the Programme Area Manager (Business Sector) at Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) and is responsible for the strategic direction of the RES service for the business sector.

Stephen has worked for more than 25 years in the area of environmental regulation and management. He qualified as a Chemist in 1989 and worked for over 15 years in the laboratories of Scottish environment protection bodies before moving into various policy positions with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). In 2008 he left SEPA to move into consultancy and for 5 years delivered projects for the Carbon Trust, Scottish and UK Governments and numerous private businesses. He is now the Business Sector Manager of the Resource Efficient Scotland Programme, leading a team of Account Managers and Project Managers in delivering support on resource efficiency to small, medium and large businesses across the whole of Scotland.

Julio Bros-Williamson

Energy & Building Consultant | Scottish Energy Centre

John Currie

Director, Scottish Energy Centre | Napier University

Professor John Currie is Director of the Scottish Energy Centre at Edinburgh Napier University and Fellow and Chairman of the Energy Institute in Scotland. A Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice John was formerly Chief Engineer with Carlsberg Tetley Brewing. Widely published, his research interests currently include improving building energy & environmental performance, monitoring and modelling pollution in the urban environment, and the development of novel renewable energy technologies. He presently Co-Chairs the Scotland 2020 Climate Group, recently launching ‘Retrofit Scotland’, and sits on the Engineering Accreditation Board of the Engineering Council.

Branka Dimitrijevic

Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering | University of Strathclyde

Dr Branka Dimitrijevic is a Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde.

Branka directed joint knowledge exchange projects of several Scottish universities such as the Centre for the Built Environment (2002-2008), CIC Start Online (2009-2013) and Mainstreaming Innovation (2013-2014) whose focus was on developing innovations for sustainable built environment. After joining the University of Strathclyde in October 2014, Branka will be responsible for knowledge development and exchange in the area of the sustainable development of the built environment; strengthening links with the design and construction industries through continuous professional development, knowledge transfer partnerships, consultancy and other services rendered; securing funding for large scale research and knowledge exchange consortia projects focused on sustainable building design and infrastructure and low carbon economies; collaborating in research across engineering disciplines; facilitating effective links to the University¹s major research investments and engagements such as the Technology and Innovation Centre, the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, the Centre of Excellence status as awarded by the Building Research Establishment Trust, the Institute for Future Cities and Glasgow’s Future City Demonstrator; and teaching and research in the areas of sustainable reuse of architectural and urban heritage, and integration of low carbon infrastructure systems in the built environment.


David Kelly (Co-Chair of Built Environment sub-group)

Associate Director | BRE Scotland

David is an Associate Director of Construction Innovation at BRE and has a PhD in Building Physics. David leads the development of the BRE Innovation Parks in Scotland and associated research projects covering building simulation, retrofit and post-occupancy evaluation. He has previously been seconded to Construction Scotland where he supported the industry representative body as Operations Director for 2½ years. In this role David supported the development of the construction industry strategy ‘Building the Future’ (2013 – 16) and more recently the successful Construction Scotland Innovation Centre proposals.

Tom King

Intern | University of Edinburgh

Lori McElroy

Programme Director, Sustainability and ACCESS | Architecture & Design Scotland

Dr Lori McElroy is an Environmental Engineer with a Masters in Design Philosophy from Glasgow School of Art and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. She has spent the last 25 years working in practice and research, has acted as principal investigator on numerous European and Scottish Government funded research projects and has published extensively on sustainability, energy and environmental issues in the built environment. Her recent work is focused on awareness raising, knowledge transfer and capacity building in order to improve the quality and performance of the built environment, achieved through the provision of support and advice to the construction industry and its clients.

Projects include the acclaimed DTi funded Energy Design Advice Scheme, and the Scottish Executive and ERDF funded Scottish Energy Systems Group. Lori is a past chair of CIBSE in Scotland and now directs the Sust. Programme for Architecture and Design Scotland, based at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. She has represented A+DS on numerous panels and steering groups including chairing working groups on the development of Section 7 (Sustainability) and participation on the recently reconvened Sullivan Panel for Scottish Building Standards, participation on the Historic Scotland advisory group for the National Centre for Conservation is a member of the Sustainable Housing Strategy Group and is actively involved as a founding partner of Retrofit Scotland.

Warren McIntyre

Public Sector Programme Area Manager | Resource Efficient Scotland

Warren McIntyre has over ten years’ experience working in the environment sector and is now manager of the public sector team at Resource Efficient Scotland, the new Scottish Government funded programme to help all businesses and organisations save money by using energy, water and material resources more efficiently. Delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, this new service is a one-stop shop where clients can access a range of free expert advice, training and funding.
Following completion of a MSc in Environmental and Waste Management he initially worked within the private recycling industry developing resource use reduction projects and delivering training to both operational staff and senior managers. Warren then moved to Glasgow City Council where he lead in the accreditation of over 40 operational sites to the ISO 14011 standard and the development of the City’s Environment Strategy and Carbon Management Plan.
He then worked in a senior management position at Carbon Trust Scotland for four years during which time, among other achievements, he helped over 180 public sector organisations and SME’s to develop a Carbon Management Plan.

Craig McLaren

National Director | Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland

Sandra Purdie

Business Services | Scottish Power

I joined ScottishPower in 2012, delivering contract and supplier management across a portfolio of key service areas that support the business. In January 2014 I became responsible for managing the Scottish Power Fleet. We are currently working through a programme of replacing all owned and legacy fleet, which is providing us with a great opportunity to review the profile of our fleet and make changes which not only deliver improvements to the operational efficiency of our business but contribute to reducing our emission levels.
I have over 15 years’ experience of commercial contract and supply chain management, previous roles include working for First Group and BAE Systems.

John Sheridan (Co-Chair of Built Environment sub-group)

Executive Director | Mineral Products Association

John Sheridan is Executive Director of the Mineral Products Association (Scotland), the country’s principal Trade Association for companies involved in the quarrying, asphalt and concrete industries and he represents the industry on a wide number of issues across the country.

He was a founding Director of Construction Scotland and appointed Vice Convenor (Industry) of the Cross Party Group for Construction in the Scottish Parliament in 2011.

In recent times he has been appointed to the post of Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Napier University.

He is also Co-chair of the 2020 Climate Group Built Environment group and has actively worked to build an alliance linking the various bodies with an interest in sustainability in the Scottish construction industry.

Watch John Sheridan discuss making property more efficient

Sean Smith

Director, Institute for Sustainable Construction | Napier University

Sean is Professor of Construction Innovation and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction based at Edinburgh Napier University. He has worked abroad as an invited guest scientist in government research institutes in Canada (NRC), Italy (IENGF) and Germany (PTB). He has undertaken research projects funded by the Scottish Government, SBSA, Historic Scotland, CLG, Defra and many industry organisations. In 2002-03 he was joint co-Project Manager of the HBF Robust Standards Details Project which between 2004 and 2014 led to over 750,000 UK homes being built incorporating these design details. In 2009 his research team were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for “innovative housing construction for environmental benefit and quality of life”. During 2009-13 he was principal investigator of the Low Carbon Building Technologies Gateway supporting with his research teams over 300 new innovative products and processes for low carbon buildings. In 2012 he was principal investigator for the Scottish government “review into offsite construction” which forecast the strategic growth and importance of this sector to the economy. He has given evidence to various parliamentary committees in relation to carbon reductions, skills, low carbon economy and construction.

During 2010 – 2014 he served on Scottish Construction Forum and the industry leadership group Construction Scotland. He was a founding member of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) and led the eleven universities partnership with industry to establish the £7.5 million Construction Scotland Innovation Centre in 2014. He is co-author of 5 patents involving 16 innovative product solutions for acoustic, thermal and structural performance within buildings, which are manufactured in the UK.

Martin Valenti

Business Engagement and Climate Change Manager | SEPA

Martin leads on Strategic Partnerships and Business Engagement for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency where he has worked for 10 years in a variety of roles. Martin has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental and regulatory policy and has significant experience in project directing major projects and initiatives. He successfully delivered several major projects for the Scottish Government and more recently was the Project Director for Scotland’s high profile 2020 Climate Group and was instrumental in setting the group up. He has extensive experience working with the highest levels of government and developing high level political and industry focused network contacts, allowing the capturing of key decision makers to help bring about strategic beneficial outcomes.

Martin is a trusted and experienced adviser who builds credibility quickly, excels in creating consensus among divergent groups, and communicates at all levels to manage sensitive issues and negotiate successful outcomes. Martin is a trustee in Helping Hands Associates and spends what free time he has raising funds for a variety of charities or digging his allotment in Comrie in Perthshire.

Professional specialties includes: Business development, change management, sustainable development, climate change, environmental management systems, low carbon economic development, various environmental regulatory experience including: noise policy, air quality and pollution prevention and control.

Frances Murphy