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.

DAY THREE: Towards a healthier, happier place for all in a zero-carbon world

10:15 - 11:15

Supply, demand and retrofit– how we overcame all three

We successfully decarbonised our energy supply by 2035 and reached net zero by 2050.

In 2021 a YouGov poll indicated that two thirds of the British public supported a transition to 100% clean electricity and it was with their support we solved the critical issues of the supply of zero carbon energy, matched availability with demand and overcame the problem of excessive peak heat, a demand driven by the state of the UK’s poor building stock, that frequently increased energy use six-fold in the winter months.

In 2020 the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) select committee launched an inquiry into ‘Decarbonising heat in homes’ - “Domestic heat accounts for 13% of the UK’s annual emissions footprint…less than 5% of the heat used across the UK’s 29 million homes is from low-carbon sources…It is expected that 20,000 homes will need to be upgraded every week between 2025 and 2050. At the current rate, it would take over 700 years to reach the 19 million heat pumps that the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) suggests are needed.”

Our ‘energy transition’ also made much greater demands on renewable, decarbonised energy for other uses, including transport. We faced issues such as energy security and the balance between the UK and overseas suppliers. Yet, we did it and in far fewer than 700 years.

What did our transition plan look like? How did we reduce demand? We improved the energy performance of our existing buildings and especially our housing, and vastly exceeded the ambitions of the Government’s 2021 Heat and Buildings Strategy. We implemented the Construction Leadership Council’s National Retrofit Plan (part of its CO2nstructZero strategy) and then redoubled our efforts again and then again. We changed our own behaviour and overcame our reluctance to limit our demand, and both carbon rationing and carbon pricing had an important, but unexpected, part to play in our achievement.

Gillian Charlesworth, Chief Executive, Building Research Establishment (BRE)

How we decarbonised our energy supply and know how much energy we have
Tadj Oreszczyn, Professor of Energy and Environment at the UCL Energy Institute

How we managed demand to match supply
Jannik Giesekam, Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Strathclyde

How we retrofitted our existing housing stock and the role of building renovation passports
Lynne Sullivan, OBE, Member of the Green Construction Board and Chair of the Good Homes Alliance (GHA)

How we got support from the consumer
Gillian Cooper, Head of Energy Policy, Citizens Advice


11:45 - 12:45

What if we got people protection right?

People are the lifeblood of any construction project, big or small but are we protecting them in the wrong way? Research shows that between 2019-2020, 9,000 construction workers died in industry related events and exposure to environmental hazards. Compared to the 40 from accidents it's clear that the immediate threats have been removed but what of the longer-term ones? Join us as we explore how changing working practices to ones which promote health and wellbeing can deliver long term value.

This session was curated by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM)

Nathan Baker
, Chief Executive, IOM

Rebecca Canham, Human Factors Principal Scientist, IOM
Nichola Elvy, SOM and Building Health
Fiona King, Head of Occupational Health & Wellbeing, HS2 Ltd
Kevin Bampton, Chief Executive, BOHS


13:15 - 14:15

Living in a sustainable relationship with nature

Having recognised in time that our future as a species depends on the health and viability of the only planet that we can live on, we took George Monbiot’s advice and stopped putting our various wicked problems into boxes marked ‘‘climate’, ‘biodiversity’, ‘pollution’, ‘deforestation’, ‘soil loss’, ‘overfishing’, ‘drought, ‘flood’, ‘fires’ because we understood that “all these boxes contain aspects of one crisis”. We recognised that maintaining human health and wellbeing depended on a healthy ecosystem along with our economy and all the resources that sustain life. We acknowledged that we needed to control consumption so that we could all have resilient and sustainable life support systems. So, having put the restoration of our natural environment at the top of our ‘to do’ list with immediate and effective action taken by all including planners, designers and developers, we find ourselves in a ‘Nature Positive’ UK in 2030.

Richard Benwell, Chief Executive Wildlife and Countryside Link

Why we need a new planning designation called ‘Wildbelt’
Kathryn Brown, Director of Climate Action, The Wildlife Trusts

Our connected networks for wildlife dispersal and movement
Matt Shardlow, Chief Executive Buglife

How we reclaimed engagement with nature for our children
Mary Colwell, writer, conservationist and contributor to the Dasgupta Review

Living in a Nature Positive UK in 2030
Dr Ruth Waters, Director of Evidence, Natural England, lead scientist on the Dasgupta Review and co-author of Nature Positive 2030


14:45 - 15:45

The future of building design

An exploratory discussion between an award-winning architect and engineer on how building design can and must respond to the climate and ecological emergency.

Hattie Hartman
, Sustainability Editor, Architects Journal

Peter Clegg, Senior Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Hanif Kara, OBE, Co-founder and Design Director, AKT II and Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology - Harvard GSD


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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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