07 - 09 March 2023 | ExCeL, London

07 - 09 March 2023
ExCeL, London

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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 explored some of the key questions and issues around closing the gap between ambition and delivery. Relive the Futurebuild 2022 content and watch the sessions on-demand.

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DAY ONE: Ambition beyond COP26

10:15 - 10:30

Opening Keynote - Keith Waller, Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub

Funded by Government in 2018 with £72 million from UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Construction Innovation Hub brings together world-class expertise from BRE, the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) at the University of Cambridge and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

Is this opening keynote on Day One Keith Waller will share what the Hub, in partnership with wider industry, will deliver in 2022, as it focuses on turning the ‘What if’ into a reality.


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, 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
Lousia Bowles, Partner and Head of Sustainability, Hawkins\Brown
Josie C-Thornewill, Sustainability Director, Thakeham
James Douglas, Head of Sustainability, Lendlease Construction


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 Border
Keith Clarke, CBE, Chair of Constructionarium
Sandi Rhys Jones, OBE, Vice President, CIOB


Robin Nicholson

16:30 - 17:30

In conversation session – What next for Transforming Construction?

Keith Waller, Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub in conversation with Sam Stacey, Challenge Director for Construction, UKRI

The UK Research and Innovation’s Transforming Construction Challenge is an integral part of the Construction Sector Deal, aiming to accelerate the shift in construction towards manufacturing and digital processes and a value outcome approach.

This 4-year programme has brought together contractors, supply chain, innovators, government, clients, and the research community to work together to deliver greater whole-life value to society.

As part of the Challenge the Construction Innovation Hub, established in 2018, is supporting the transition to a greener, safer, and more efficient construction sector. Combined with new ways of targeting and procuring lifetime value, and a complete building data lifecycle starting with digital requirements, we can now see how to deliver future needs using construction platforms – a flexible “kit of parts” approach which simplifies assembly and streamlines quality control. The Construction Innovation Hub is at the heart of this transformation.

Join Keith and Sam for a timely conversation as they focus on ‘what next?’ – what can be done next to embed adoption of new ways of working through industry – in all areas of our society.

Following the session, the Construction Innovation Hub would like to invite you to join them for drinks in the VIP area.



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