07 - 09 March 2023 | ExCeL, London

07 - 09 March 2023
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.


10:30 - 11:30

Making the shift to a resilient, zero carbon financial future

We cannot hide from the science telling us that we are fast approaching dangerous tipping points for the earth’s systems. This is a problem for all of us, affecting all aspects of our lives and not one to leave solely to government, business or individuals to solve.

Nick Molho, Chief Executive Officer, Aldersgate Group


The challenge of establishing a greener tax system
Andrews Simms, Coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, an author, co-director of the New Weather Institute and Assistant Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, a Research Associate at the University of Sussex

The challenge to establish a real, practice financial infrastructure and banking system for green finance
Tony Greenham, Executive Director at South West Mutual, former Director of Economics at the Royal Society of Arts and Founding member of the Financing A Just Transition Alliance

The challaenge for investment and the risk of stranded asset
Sarah Ratcliffe, Chief Executive, Better Buildings Partnership

The challenge for planning
Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Cambridge City Council


12:00 - 13:00

Creating infection resilient environments

At the request of Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the National Engineering Policy Centre set up a Commission to review the actions needed to make infrastructure more resilient to infection.

Professor Peter Guthrie OBE FREng, Commission Chair


Professor Catherine Noakes OBE FIMechE, FIHEEM, University of Leeds

Dr Shaun Fitzgerald OBE,
FRENG, University of Cambridge

Dr Hywel Davies,
Technical Director, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers


13:30 - 14:30

What should ‘levelling up’ really mean?

In a recent paper, Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford, described the “human geography of the UK is a very unlevel playing field – more akin to a mountain range than a field. Inequalities vary greatly. Parts that you might not think of as especially unequal are in fact sometimes the most jagged of the socioeconomic mountains.

This session will explore what making levelling up should and could be in practice and what role those in the built environment should contribute.

Rose Grayston, Co-author of the report of the No Places Left Behind Commission


What are the social equality strategies that we need to 'level up'?
Dr Fran Darlington-Pollock, Chair, The Equality Trust and an NGO Research Advisor

What are the economic strategies that we need to 'level up'?
Sarah Longlands, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

How can regional and local government respond to the challenge?
John Wrathmell, Director, Strategy, Research & Economy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

What does 'levelling up' mean for planning?
Richard Blyth, Head of Polity Practice and Research, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)


15:00 - 16:00

Raising aspirations – leading by example

We must nurture a talent for excellence throughout our industry to act on the wicked problems we have to resolve. The Climate Change Committee’s 3rd Risk Assessment (CCRA 3 - 2021) made it very clear that there is no time to delay. What is the new vision and mission for our industry leaders and their organisations? How can we move towards requiring benefits, not profit for profit’s sake, as an outcome? How can we engage more widely and move from following orders to being more influential - starting with clients, briefs, design outcomes and confirming that we will deliver net zero in all our projects as part of our contract with clients? Our speakers will each give us five minutes on raising aspirations to introduce a wider discussion.

Bea Natzler, Senior Analyst Business and Buildings, Climate Change Committee


LETI – providing guidance to support competence and delivery
Jennifer Elias, Principal Building Performance Engineer, Building Engineering, AECOM and member of LETI

ACAN – taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown.
Sara Edmonds, Director at Studio search, Coordinator, Architects Climate Action Network

Black Professionals in Construction Network (BPICN) – spreading careers awareness.
Amos Simbo, Managing Director, Black Professionals in Construction Network (BPICN) and member, CIC 2050 Group and Managing Director, Winway Services

Thinking circular for sustainability in engineering
Penny Gowler, Director and Head of Sustainability, Elliott Wood

Built Environment Declares
Ed Clark, Director, Arup, Chair of Engineering Leadership Group IStructE, Chair of Structural Engineers Declaration Steering Group

Landscape Architects respond to the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
Luke Engleback, Studio Engleback

The challenge for developers
Sue Riddlestone, Chief Executive, Bioregional


16:30 - 17:15

Big Innovation Pitch

This session will see six shortlisted innovators battle it out in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch, to become winner of the Big Innovation Pitch 2022.

Chair and judge:
Dr Oliver Jones, Research Director, Ryder


Chris Hall,
Group Managing Director, Acivico Group

Mike Lynch,
Climate Solutions Lead - Operations, NatWest Group

Natasha Boulding,
CEO and Co-founder, Sphera

Shortlisted innovators: Thermulon, POMB, IsoHEMP, SDS Intellistorm, Biotecture and Thermino


Oliver Jones

Exhibitor list

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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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