07 - 09 March 2023 | ExCeL, London

07 - 09 March 2023
ExCeL, London




Futurebuild’s renowned Knowledge Programme returned offering practical case studies and guidance, addressing the industry’s most critical issues.

Each Keynote Stage hosted seminar sessions delivered by industry-leading partners and associations such as the RIBA, Passivhaus Trust, MCS, BEIS, MPBA, ASBP, Good Homes Alliance, The Concrete Centre and many more.

Watch the available sessions now on-demand!

Keynote stage 1

Volumetric Manufactured Buildings: the modern method of offsite construction with a forward thinking approach

01 March / 10:15-11:00

Curated by the MPBA

The facts about Volumetric Manufactured Buildings and how a confused construction chain could be slowing progression. Consideration of a future vision from the industry association how the route to 2050 could follow a number of different paths.

Removing the complexity across so called modern methods of construction, diluting myths, and embracing reality. Do consultants requesting embodied carbon figures all want the same information, do they all know what they are asking for? Can a VMB be benchmarked for embodied carbon in the same way as traditional building materials? Is there a better way to compare construction methods?

Chair: Richard Hipkiss, Development Director, Modular and Portable Building Association

Andy King, Group Technical Director, Wernick Buildings and Technical Committee, Chair, Modular and Portable Building Association

AIMCH: transforming how we build homes

01 March / 11:15-12:00

Curated by AIMCH

Learn of the key outcomes and impact of this three year innovation project and what it means for the housebuilding industry as it comes to a close. The Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH) project aims to tackle key challenges faced by the housing sector including skills shortages, an ageing workforce, poor productivity, low output and low affordability while also becoming a major player in the housing sector by identifying and developing industrialised offsite solutions needed to meet current and future house building demands. The overall goal of the project is to support the sector by delivering 120,000 homes and has potential to impact on 35,000 homes being delivered by AIMCH partners across the UK, each year.

Chair: Stewart Dalgarno, Project Director, AIMCH and Director of Product Development, Stewart Milne Group

Mark Farmer, Chair of AIMCH and a long-time advocate of Modern Methods of Construction will be presenting the story of how AIMCH is transforming how we build homes and sharing outcomes and learnings

NetZero & Healthy Buildings: Balancing climate change and well-being

01 March / 12:15-13:00

Curated by the International WELL Building Institute

Climate change and human health, a major component to IWBI Global Research Agenda, have never been an either/or proposition, but a both/and conversation. But at the building scale, things like energy efficiency and indoor air quality are often in conflict, which is why unifying planetary and human health research must play a pivotal role if we are to make progress on this important topic.

Chair: Elefherios Zacharakis, Senior Associate International WELL Building Institute (Sweden)

Creating a circular economy in the lighting industry and beyond

01 March / 13:15-14:00

Curated by CIBSE and the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL)

Technical Memorandum (TM) 66 – Creating a circular economy in the lighting industry is the result of a cross industry collaboration and a desire to provide practical guidance and tools to enable people to develop a circular, sustainable approach to lighting and building services engineering more broadly.
This session will see the lead authors, Bob Bohannon and Kristina Allison set out how circular economy principles can be practically applied, sector by sector. Joined by Roger Sexton of Stoane Lighting, they will discuss the practical implications of using the accompanying Circular Economy Assessment Methods (CEAM) in relation to the design and manufacturing of products, as well as referencing CIBSE TM65 – Embodied carbon in building services and TM67 – Electrification of building for net zero.

Chair: Roger Sexton, Business Development, Stoane Lighting

The net zero challenge for new homes

01 March / 14:15-15:00

Curated by the Good Homes Alliance

COP26 further stressed what we already knew. If we are to meet our net zero commitments and limit global warming, we must start delivering net zero buildings NOW. Uplifts in building regulations are close, but are they going fast and far enough? And will they deliver net zero homes that are comfortable for occupants, resilient and perform as their design intended? Quality assured build methods and performance evaluation and verification surely have a vital role to play in minimising the ‘performance gap’. There are a growing number of exemplar case studies from progressive clients, developers and designers who are leading the way. Can the current paradigms become the norm?

Chair: Lynne Sullivan, Chair, Good Homes Alliance and Green Construction Board member

Non-Domestic Passivhaus showcase

01 March / 15:15-16:00

Curated by Passivhaus Trust

We know that Passivhaus is a good route for achieving net zero carbon in housing.

However, it is now being applied across many other building types in the UK, including healthcare, retail and schools (both new and retrofit). Join this session to learn more about the pioneering “first” Passivhaus projects in a range of sectors.

Chair: Jon Bootland, Chief Executive, Passivhaus Trust

The Roadmap for Digital Transformation

01 March / 16:15-17:00

Curated by the Procore

Breakdowns in collaboration, siloed information, and a lack of visibility are routinely found to be key causes of project delays and cost overruns. Construction leaders are increasingly seeing this and embracing change. Hear incredible stories of how construction leaders have been able to digitize their business and achieve incredible results. You’ll learn:

  • The benefits of innovating within your company
  • How construction leaders are benefitting from a digital transformation
  • How you can transform your own business and win more work

Let ABC give you the tools to make a development truly #netzero.

01 March / 17:15-18:00

Curated by the Active Building Centre

The Active Building Centre (ABC) is a government funded organisation, aimed at transforming construction in the UK. 

We know that buildings make up a substantial proportion of carbon emissions and at the ABC, we have a proven, evidenced-based methodology for cutting emissions and reducing energy consumption in buildings. 

Through our ongoing work with local authorities, housing associations and developers, we have established a series of blueprints that allow developments to be zero-carbon. 

We have the technologies and expert knowledge in our teams to make a house or a building not only zero-carbon, but also a net producer of green energy, thereby easing constraints on the grid.

Join us on the evening of Tuesday March the 1st between 1715 – 1800 for drinks and conversation. #lowcarbonfuture. 

Keynote stage 2

Overcoming the difficulties of building innovative construction systems: an alternative approach to mob-handed meetings with the insurers

01 March / 10:15-11:00

Curated by BM TRADA

Why is it so difficult to get innovative construction systems built, including some timber-based systems? And what can we do to tackle this?

Relatively standard timber frame and SIPs constructions have been built in the UK for many decades, with lots of experience and expertise gained along the way. The market is growing and any obstacles presented can generally be overcome. But this is not the case with more recent innovations where gaining traction is so much harder. And this at a time when government and many others are strongly encouraging the use of offsite, sustainable and innovative techniques to drive up quality and speed of construction.

Chair and introductory talk: Rupert Scott, Construction Advisory Centre Manager, BM TRADA

Kissing the right frog

01 March / 11:15-12:00​

Curated by the IET

A wide range of initiatives have emerged since Grenfell claiming to solve problems of integrity, information management, digitisation and building safety. The PLG editorial board has been looking at the value of some of these initiatives and will be discussing these offerings and presenting the results of a survey of construction product manufacturers.

Chair: Rick Hartwig, Built Environment Lead, The IET

Beyond shopping - putting our high streets at the heart of community

01 March / 12:15-13:00

Curated by Landscape Institute

The increase in online retailing was taking place before Covid-19 gave this greater impetus and a combination of reduced high street sales and business rates has seen an acceleration in shop closures throughout the UK. In July 2021 the Government announced it strategy to support the evolution of town centres as places to work, visit and live as part of the levelling up agenda and backed by the ‘Towns Fund’. In physical terms our much-loved ‘high streets’ which provide identity of place, remain the focal centre of urban living so how can we create an environment where they have a role ‘beyond shopping’ and where people will want to ‘work, visit and live’? This session will explore a range of contributions towards creating a canvas for change.

Chair: Jane Findlay, President, Landscape Institute

Transforming Infrastructure Performance

01 March / 13:15-14:00

Curated by Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA)

The purpose of Transforming Infrastructure Performance is to transform how government and industry intervene in the built environment to drive a step change in infrastructure performance.

The Road Map to 2030 presents a vision for the future where we collectively prioritise the societal outcomes we need – delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals – and use data, technology and improved delivery models to achieve them through our interventions in the built environment.

This session will focus on 3 of the 5 areas in the roadmap: delivering new economic infrastructure to drive improved outcomes for people and nature; place-based regeneration and delivery and optimising the performance of our existing built environment.

Chair: Nick Yandle, Head of Programmes, Futures Team, IPA

Will government’s heating of domestic buildings strategies transform how we heat our homes?

01 March / 14:15-15:00

Curated by MCS

Decarbonisation of domestic heat and hot water will be essential if we are to deliver net zero carbon emissions in the UK by 2050 and 2045 in Scotland. This panel of policy makers and delivery specialists will explore how government strategies can support the transition to low carbon heating.

Chair: Ian Rippin, Chief Executive, MCS

Hydrogen as an option for domestic heating

01 March / 15:15-16:00

Curated by BEIS

Chaired by Mark Taylor, BEIS, the session will involve a brief overview of review into the technical feasibility, safety and convenience of using hydrogen for domestic heating, a report on the fit-out experience and visitor reactions to the Hydrogen Home showhouse in Gateshead, and a manufacturer perspective from Baxi who have developed a hydrogen ready boiler, followed by a panel discussion on these and related topics. Through video footage, the Hydrogen Home in Gateshead and hydrogen appliances in action will be introduced if time allows.

Chair: Mark Taylor, Deputy Director, BEIS

Delivering smart renewable heat at scale

01 March / 16:15-17:00

Curated by Kensa Contracting

In this session, we discuss how a combination of ground source heat pumps, PV and battery is delivering low cost, customer centric, zero carbon solutions while minimising grid impact through integrated smart controls. Sero will provide insight into an example scheme of how this has been delivered at scale on a new build development in South Wales.

Chair: David Broom, Commercial Director, Kensa Contracting

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