01 - 03 March 2022 | ExCeL, London

01 - 03 March 2022 | ExCeL, London

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Futurebuild Conference


from ambition to zero

Now that COP 26 has taken place and the ‘what we have to do’ is clearly established, we must focus on the ‘how to do it’ and how to do it at scale. We have no excuses – the opportunities to change are here, do we have the courage to act on them?

The arena sessions explore some of the key questions and issues around closing the gap between ambition and delivery.

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DAY ONE: Ambition beyond COP26

10:15 - 10:30

Sponsor's welcome

Session delivered by Conference Programme Headline Sponsor; Construction Innovation Hub


10:30 - 11:30

Beyond COP 26: our action programme

COP 26 has been the key focus for 2021, a year when the world would come together to agree and affirm its collective actions to limit the impact of climate change. In 2022 the many pressures on us to act now are still with us. The physical impacts of climate change that we are already experiencing highlight the need for developing long-term resilience at the same time as reducing emissions, restoring natural resources and biodiversity, ensuring a sustainable food supply and recognising the impacts of climate change on human health and wellbeing. While the COP has agreed global targets and actions, we also need to act locally and put our own house in order. This session will focus on the actions that the UK construction industry will be taking – starting now.

Shaun Spiers
, Executive Director, Green Alliance

Hannah Vickers, Co2nstructZero, Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and Chief of Staff, Mace Group
Rachel Skinner, CBE, Past-President, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Executive Director, WSP
Simon Foxell, Construction Industry Council (CIC) Climate Change Panel, The Architects Practice and the Edge
Sunand Prasad, Chair, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), Co-founder Penoyre Prasad Architects and Past-President, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)


12:00 - 13:00

In a world where embodied carbon is regulated, what has changed?

This session will look into the future where embodied carbon has already been effectively regulated and the outcomes are being put into practice. We will discuss the impact this regulation will have had on the UK’s pathway to net zero, the ways in which we design, build and retrofit buildings will have changed and what it will have meant for building users, clients and developers.

Rt. Hon. Philip Dunne, MP
, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee

Will Arnold, Part Z author and Head of Climate Action, Institution of Structural Engineers
Louisa Bowles, Partner and Head of Sustainability, Hawkins\Brown
Paul King, Managing Director Sustainability and Social Impact, Lendlease Europe
Leigh Johnson, Head of Design and Masterplanning, Homes England


13:30 - 14:30

Resource efficiency in a circular, post-Brexit economy. What is the plan?

We need to use fewer resources and ‘close the loop’ so that ‘thinking circular’ influences all our decision making on this finite and increasingly resource-challenged planet. This session explores three key areas where thinking circular can have significant impact:
Think water: water is not an infinite resource (World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Report 2020) and water crises are among the top global risks. Think materials: reduce materials and focus on low carbon materials - engineering and construction are some of the worlds’ largest consumers of raw materials. Think waste: this should be considered as part of the material economy. Are the new buildings and infrastructure designed for reuse actually reused? Finally, do we have the skills and knowledge needed and sufficient understanding about partnership working to deliver a circular economy?

Professor David Greenfield,
Managing Director, Soenecs and RAEng Visiting Professor of Circular Economy, University of Brighton

Closing the loop
Kate Young, Senior Public Affairs Officer, Aldersgate Group

Why we must decarbonise materials
Dr Cyrille Dunant,
Senior Research Associate in Material Efficiency in Construction, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge and member of the Use Less Group

Droughts and floods, why a circular approach is critical
Siraj Tahir, Senior Engineer,
Circular Water Economy Lead, Arup

Why waste is part of the material economy
Judith Sykes,
Director, Expedition Engineering


15:00 - 16:00

Investing in people – education, skills and diversity

We would like to see an industry with appropriate education at all levels, the necessary skills to deliver and perform in all areas all with a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment. This is fundamental to achieving (net) zero carbon as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Putting forward proposals for COP 26, the Edge focused on people – raising aspirations, developing skills, providing support, integrating climate and ecological education as a requirement in all built environment education and continuing professional development (CPD) courses and improving employment conditions by moving from outsourcing of labour to employee contracts that provide job security, in-service training and a career path that will attract and retain good people.

People are the key to delivering our long-term sustainability agenda.

Robin Nicholson, CBE, Fellow Cullinan Studio and Convenor of the Edge

Sarah Mukherjee, MBE, Chief Executive, IEMA
Emma Crichton, Head of Engineering, Engineers Without Borders
Keith Clarke, CBE, Chair of Constructionarium
Sandi Rhys Jones, OBE, Vice President, CIOB


Robin Nicholson

16:30 - 17:30

In November 2021, Glasgow opened its doors for the COP26 summit with climate change at the centre of all our thoughts. During COP26, the Construction Innovation Hub, we launched an interactive site entitled ‘The World of What if…?’.

The site poses a range of questions prompting audiences to consider a progressive society where sustainable innovations within construction help to improve social, environmental and economic outcomes for all.
From the launch of the campaign until now, the Hub has worked on sustainable innovations to transform UK construction. Join our session to find out more about the ground-breaking initiatives the Hub, in partnership with wider industry, have been working on, to change the ‘What if’ into a reality and be part of the ‘What next’ conversation.

Welcome and Introduction:
Keith Waller, Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub

David Philp, Impact Director at the Construction Innovation Hub and Director of Digital Consulting, Strategy & Innovation, AECOM
Gill Kelleher, Impact Director, Construction Innovation Hub
Trudi Sully, Impact Director, Construction Innovation Hub


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Futurebuild 2022 will be curated into six sections, providing innovative solutions to address the biggest challenges facing the built environment.
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