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Members of greener buildings panel announced

Sullivan Panel to reconvene

The membership of  an expert group re-evaluating ways of improving energy performance of new homes and other new buildings in Scotland has been announced.

The Sullivan Panel brings together representatives from the construction industry including designers, developers, contractors, researchers and energy experts.

The panel, chaired by architect Lynne Sullivan, produced the 2007 report ‘A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland’ which offered advice to the Scottish Government on advancing the delivery of energy efficient buildings.

Panel members will revisit recommendations made in the report when they meet in Edinburgh on May 8 and 9.

Recommendations from the original report which have been introduced in the last five years, include:

  • the revision of energy  standards so that all new homes emit 30 per cent less carbon dioxide than the 2007 standards
  • primary legislation requiring all non-domestic building owners to conduct a carbon and energy assessment.

One of their recommendations, a national electronic database collecting the information from non-domestic building Energy Performance Certificates, was introduced earlier this year.

Minister for Planning, Derek Mackay said:

“On the back of the original Sullivan Report, the Scottish Government has made substantial progress in responding to the challenge of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from both new and existing building stock in Scotland.

“In view of the economic downturn, it is appropriate that the panel reconvenes five years on from the original report, to review some of the recommendations made.

“We are committed to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and building standards have a vital role to play in this, which is why I will be looking for the panel to establish what further contribution the building standards system can make to the energy performance of new-buildings.”

“I would like to welcome new members to the Sullivan Panel. I am sure their knowledge and expertise will build on the excellent work carried out previously by the group.

Lynne Sullivan, architect and chair of the expert panel said:

“I am pleased to be working with these professionals and confident that we have the right combination of skills around the table.”

“I look forward to chairing the meeting of the Panel and delivering outcomes that will be as useful to Scottish Ministers as the original report.”

Panel members include:

Member Role Organisation
Lynne Sullivan OBE (Chair) Architect and Partner sustainableBYdesign Architects
Richard Amos Building Surveyor Richard Amos Ltd.
Knut Helge Sandli Senior Engineer Norwegian Building Authority
Philip Hogg Chief Executive Homes for Scotland
Alan McAulay Building Standards Manager South Lanarkshire Council
Stephen Garvin Construction Director Building Research Establishment (BRE), Scotland
Michael Levack Executive Director Scottish Building Federation
Neil Jefferson Customer and Business Development Director National House Building Council (NHBC)
Rainer Mikulits Managing Director Austrian Institute of Construction and Engineering
Stewart Dalgarno Chair of Building Standards and Planning Theme Group Construction Scotland
Jestyn Davies Chair Scottish Property Federation
Lori McElroy MBE Programme Director Architecture and Design Scotland
Mike Thornton Director, Scotland Energy Saving Trust
Paul Tuohy Research Fellow Energy Systems Research Unit, University of Strathclyde
Hywel Davies Technical Director The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
Kate Carter Lecturer in Architecture Edinburgh University College of Art
Andrew Carpenter Chief Executive UK Timber Frame Association



To view the original Sullivan Panel report, published in December 2007 visit: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/217736/0092637.pdf

A progress report was published in 2011, to view, visit: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/217736/0113638.pdf