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The Tomorrow's House Today Seminar which was originally due to be held on 30 January has now been rescheduled to Wednesday 14 April 2004, at Ackergill Tower, By Wick, Caithness from 09.00am until 16.30pm

The Local Economic forum for Caithness and Sutherland is organising this Seminar owing to a lack of available modern quality affordable housing which is seen as a major constraint to development. Sponsoring members of the forum include Ackergill Tower, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise and The Highland Council.

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. The Seminar will include an exhibition at Ackergill innovativeTree House including Norwegian Timber House Building and other new technologies, which will be opened by Arne Sivertsen, the Norwegian Consul General for Scotland.

Speakers will be:
Heinz Richardson, The House of the Future, Justico & Whiles Architects, London
Gokay Deveci, Lotte Globs House, Binghill Blairs, Aberdeen
Ken Brady, Grants and Financial Incentives for Innovation, Energy Saving Trust
Peter Wilson, Role of Indigenous Timber in Creating a Regional Architectural Identity, Director of Manifesto Foundation for Architecture, Napier College, Edinburgh
Harold Tonge, Integrating Utilities into Modern Design and Construction - The Scope for Recycling, AMEC Waste Research
Dave McGrath, Energy for Tomorrow's Houses, siGEN, Aberdeen
Michael Jarvis, Affordable Sustainable Housing in Practice, MAST Architects, Glasgow
Jim Monaghan, Self Build-Do it Yourself Affordable Housing, Ecologist
Mike Allan, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems for Development - Overview of Sewers for Scotland, Scottish Water

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