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On Friday 30th January, at the Portland Arms Hotel, Lybster, Caithness, from 9.00am until 4.00pm

The Local Economic forum for Caithness and Sutherland has identified the lack of available good quality affordable housing as a major constraint to development. To help remedy this problem members of the Forum decided to organise a Seminar for the wider Community to consider options.

All interested parties, whether community housing association or groups, professional architects, builders or private developers as well as those with an interest in the latest low cost technologies for energy efficient housing for their own use, are invited to this Seminar with national and international speakers.

The latest innovations will be presented in building techniques, new designs and technologies. Information on grant aid available for energy efficient, affordable and sustainable Highland housing, both for the public sector as well as for self-build, will be given.

This Seminar will also emphasise cost reduction techniques and the potential for using locally produced materials and timber, including site servicing, water, sewerage and waste recycling considerations.

Speakers will be:
Joe Ravetz, Planning and Building for a Sustainable Future, Manchester University
Heinz Richardson, The House of the Future, Justico & Whiles Architects, London
Ken Brady, Grants and Financial Incentives for Innovation, Energy Saving Trust
Michael Jarvis, Affordable Sustainable Housing in Practice, MAST Architects, Glasgow
Harold Tonge, Integrating Utilities into Modern Design and Construction - The Scope for Recycling, AMEC Waste Research
Peter Wilson, State of the Art Norwegian Timber house Design and Experience, Nordic Enterprise Trust
Jim Monaghan, Self Build-Do it Yourself Affordable Housing, Ecologist
Ivor Davis, The Scope for Using Local Timber on House Construction, Greenporche, Inverness
Mike Allan, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems for Development - Overview of Sewers for Scotland

Registration is free, subject to availability. To book you place and receive a full programme please contact Carol Smith or Amanda Munro at the Highland Council Economic Development Office, 34A High Street, Wick Caithness, KW1 4BS, Tel:01955 605858