The BEPIT toolkit is delivered by construction experts with a strong track record working in the housebuilding industry.

Our facilitators understand the issues around energy performance in-depth, but they also know how to communicate them across different construction trades, teams and phases – and to onsite staff with differing levels of expertise.

Nicole Lazarus 

Nicole has a civil engineering background and joined Bioregional in 1997. She led the Zero Energy Developent programme within Bioregional throughout the BedZED project. She authored the BedZED Construction Materials Report and the BedZED Carbon Neutral Toolkit. Nicole also initiated and led the Bioregional Reclaimed programme, promoting and trading in reclaimed building materials. She was Technical Director of the One Planet Communities Programme, responsible for developing and maintaining the core technical capacity at Bioregional, covering: ecological footprinting, Sustainability Action Plans, carbon accounting, energy, waste and other sectoral expertise as required by the team.

Nicole is listed in Building Magazine’s Top 50 rising stars of sustainability for 2012 and was a finalist in the Outstanding Women in Construction Awards 2014.

Ronan Leyden 

Portrait of Ronan Leyden

Ronan joined Bioregional in 2007 and now leads our work to create more sustainable homes, communities and places that are great places to live and work. As Head of Bioregional’s Sustainable Places team, Ronan provides expertise on how to use our One Planet Living framework across masterplan and design briefs, construction and operation of new homes, communities and businesses.

With particular expertise in energy and carbon, the circular economy, corporate reporting, waste minimisation and reuse as well as BREEAM and environmental metrics, Ronan’s recent work includes projects for Land Securities, Legal & General, U&I, Kingfisher Group, Careys and Skanska. Ronan previously led Bioregional’s work on the London 2012 Olympics, working on-site to help achieve the ambitious 98% target for recycling and reuse of construction and demolition waste. As well as his role at Bioregional, he is also Senior Development Manager at Bioregional Homes, where we are creating new, locally affordable, truly sustainable homes using our One Planet Living framework.

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