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South-east construction SMEs to receive free green advice

The Institute for Sustainability is set to launch a programme to support SME firms in the South-east hoping to win work through green design and technology.

The part-EU funded programme Flash+ is being coordinated by the South East Centre for the Built Environment and will be launched at a conference on 27 September.

The conference will outline a programme that will aim to help small firms understand how to approach clients about the types of green design and technology solutions that will work for low-carbon and retrofitted buildings.

SECBE’s head of market development, Tina McGeachan said: “There’s almost a tidal wave of new technology flooding into mainstream building and construction, but the problem is knowing how effective it really is. 

“The industry’s emphasis has now turned decisively to making sure that buildings perform as intended and that innovation really does contribute to achieving carbon reduction goals.

“Flash+ aims to cut through the ‘greenwash’ and help smaller companies to identify opportunities, and provide reliable solutions to grow their business in today’s difficult marketplace.”

The programme and conference are free and aimed at builders, architects, planners, designers, engineers, and facilities managers. The programme is funded by the EU, Technology Strategy Board and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Delegates will be briefed on low carbon design and build through the opening conference, site visits, seminars, workshops and online material including case studies and project reports.

Speakers at the launch conference, to be held at the Stanhill Court Hotel, Charlwood, Surrey, include FMB director of external affairs Brian Berry, Worthing Homes property services director Robin Roberts and Bill Bordass, of the Usable Buildings Trust.

Institute for Sustainability programme director Stella Okeahialam said: “Leading experts in sustainable construction and building performance will explain the importance of designing and delivering buildings that meet the government’s carbon and energy reduction targets.

“Guaranteed and proven building performance will enable property investors and owners to join the green building and retrofit ‘revolution’ with confidence. It also provides a huge business opportunity for the construction sector”

Admission is free but delegates must register first by contacting Tina McGeachan at SECBE on 0118 920 7204 or by e-mailing To view the full conference programme visit

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