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House building waste minimisation, management, Duty of Care & best practice

A free event with advice and support relating to Duty of Care, Site Waste Management Planning, material choice low carbon planning and house design.
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About this event

The scale of the challenge to meet Scotland’s growing housing demand is significant. To be part of the solution to the climate emergency the construction sector will need to work together to deliver the most sustainable housing developments possible with minimum environmental impact.

Right now, the construction industry produces more waste than any other in Scotland. The built environment is also responsible for 40% of the country’s carbon emissions. Much of this is through construction and embedded carbon in materials and waste.

This event is part of a series of events centred on the concept of one planet homes and one planet places: Homes and places which act as the building blocks to help communities and businesses prosper within the resources of one planet.

Both SEPA and Zero Waste Scotland want to help businesses and sectors implement successful innovation and support them in their ambitions to do more than they are required to by regulation. As a business or public sector client, adapting your business activities now, will help make you resilient to the changes on the horizon. This event will be a practical learning session about how housing sector operators can reduce environmental impacts through:

  • Waste management and minimisation through Design out Waste, Site Waste Management Planning and Duty of Care
  • Material efficiency, choice, use and end of life
  • Planning and designing for whole life value.

Who should attend

This event is aimed at individuals representing any business or public sector organisation involved in the housing construction industry supply chain in Scotland. It will be of particular interest to developers, designers, house builders, planners and policy makers looking at how to adopt and drive best practice sustainable development, comply with waste duty of care obligations and achieve waste and carbon minimisation during house building.


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Speakers will highlight examples of good practice, identify opportunities and provide information on the support available to businesses in Scotland and include; 

  • Clive Bowman, Circular Construction Project Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Naomi Ross, Waste Specialist, SEPA: One Planet Prosperity & SEPA’s Sectoral Approach to Housing Regulation
  • Matthew Connacher, Waste Specialist, SEPA: Duty of Care within the Housing Sector & SEPA’s Enforcement Approach
  • Tom Gibbs, Group Environmental Manager, Robertson Homes


  • 12.45 lunch
  • 1.30pm 1-2-1 ‘doctor’ sessions & workshops
  • 14:30 Summary & closing remarks
  • 15:00 Close

Speakers and additional organisation representatives will be available for one to one conversations regarding advice and support for Site Waste Management Planning and Design out Waste

Your organisers

Zero Waste Scotland is The Scottish Governments representative body to deliver a Circular Economy change in Scotland. A Circular Economy approach is much more than a move to towards more recycling, it’s an approach that cuts across all sectors in Scotland that values all the resources we use and looks at value from a whole life cost perspective.

Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the Resource Efficient Scotland Programme. The Resource Efficient Scotland construction SME Advice and Support Service offers free advice and technical support to Scottish business, helping them embed circular economy principles into the design and construction of our built environment. The Service aims to contribute significantly to the Scottish Government’s strategic economic objectives, climate change, energy efficiency and zero waste targets.

SEPA’s statutory purpose is to protect and improve the environment in ways that, as far as possible, create health and wellbeing benefits and sustainable economic growth. By supporting innovation and ambition SEPA want businesses to move beyond mere compliance. SEPA will therefore not only maintain a minimum standard but will help already high performing businesses to do more for the environment because it makes sense for them to grow in a sustainable manner. 

Sustainable Growth Agreements (SGA) are voluntary, non-legally binding, formal agreements through which an organisation (or organisations) and SEPA can explore new and innovative ways to improve environmental performance and focus on practical actions that deliver broader outcomes that help deliver environmental, social and economic success.

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