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Climate change and energy

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If you would like to learn more about understanding land as a resource at the RTPI, Hilme fencontinue your CPD or would like to get involved, please see these links.



COP21 and Habitat III

With the adoption of the first universal climate agreement by 195 countries in Paris last year, and the forthcoming UN Habitat III conference this year aiming to set a new global development agenda for sustainable urban development over the next 20 years; the RTPI will be championing the role of planners in meeting these commitments.

Ensuring place-responsive design for solar photovoltaics on buildings

A good practice guide for designers, manufacturers and installers by CPRE and BRE - endorsed by RTPI.

Hanham Hall, zero carbon housing

Riëtte Oosthuizen from HTA Design discusses the need for effective and ongoing communication to deliver the RTPI award winning zero carbon development at Hanham Hall, Bristol.

Nature-based solutions for the contemporary city

In the face of environmental challenges and anticipated climate change, Mark Scott discusses how can planning can deliver nature-based solutions and green infrastructure.

Zero carbon homes

The RTPI is among a group of organisations which have urged MPs to investigate the government's abandonment of its commitment to a zero-carbon building standard. Click here to read our joint letter to the Environmental Audit Committee. 

Location of Development

Introducing a major new research project from the RTPI which looks at the spatial implications of new housing developments in city-regions across the UK, including the impacts on climate resilience.

Planning for sustainable energy and construction: latest developments and thinking

Speaker presentations from an RTPI SW event held in Falmouth in July, including energy efficient urban design and planning for community energy.

Planning for climate change

An RTPI Learn online training module around providing 15 hours' worth of learning as a mixture of text, web links, video clips, diagrams as well as interactive quizzes with instant feedback.

Spatial planning and energy for communities in all landscapes (SPECIAL)

A European partnership – building the capacity to plan and deliver sustainable energy solutions. RTPI is a multiplier organisation supporting the TCPA in England.

Future-proofing society

Why planners need to be at the forefront of responses to climate change and demographic change. This Planning Horizons project looks forward, beyond immediate concerns, to some of the major long-term climate change and demographic change challenges that will shape the next 100 years.

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence

Showcases the very best in exceptional examples of planning. Hanham Hall, Gloucestershire won the award for excellence in planning for the natural environment  and will be England's first large-scale housing scheme to achieve the 2016 zero-carbon standard.

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Being a member of the RTPI makes you part of a community at the forefront of planning. Our members actively influence current thinking on spatial planning through participating in debates, developing good practice, responding to government consultations and bridging the gap between policy and research. You will also access a huge range of member benefits from access to special interest networks to discounts on events, talks and at high street retailers.


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