About the event series

Transforming lives with light

Better buildings start here

Increased natural light and ventilation have been shown to increase productivity in the workplace by up to 10%, promote better learning in the classroom by as much as 8%, and aid recovery and significantly decrease the average length of stay of healthcare patients.

It’s time we shine a light on the potential of daylight and ventilation to transform the lives of millions of people across the world. We are inviting architects and industry professionals from across the UK and Ireland to join us in designing and building a brighter future.

What to expect

Illumination, inspiration and discussion

At last year’s events, we discussed how natural light and fresh air can speed up learning. Now we are taking the next step, and showing how it also has far-reaching benefits for the economy, living standards, productivity, as well as learning potential.

This year’s launch event took place at the Castlefield Rooms (Albert’s Shed), Manchester on 6 June 2018. We showcased how the three principles of Active House – energy efficiency, environmental impact and human comfort – are being used to set a new standard for optimising human environments within the healthcare, education and commercial sectors.

Our Manchester Launch The Castlefield Rooms, 6 June 2018
Our Belfast Event The Titanic Hotel, 11 September 2018
Our Second London Event The National Gallery, 18 September 2018

Forthcoming events

The format

Each event will start at 8am, and we’ll provide breakfast (including a vegetarian option) to set you up for the day. There’ll be three short presentations by inspirational speakers, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on how the industry can adapt its approach to daylight and ventilation… all by 10am.

Tickets are free, so join us and find out how daylight and ventilation can transform your next project.

  • Manchester – 6 June
  • Cardiff – 27th June 2018
  • London – 12th July 2018
  • Belfast – 11 September 2018
  • London – 18 September 2018
  • Birmingham – 23 October 2018
  • Glasgow – 7 November 2018

What's Next?

Our Design a brighter future events will be taking place across the UK and Ireland. For more details on a Design a brighter future event in your region and to register, please visit the VELUX page on Eventbrite.co.uk.

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