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How to Nail Sustainable Construction

  • Bevan Brittan Kings Orchard, 1 Queen St BS2 0HQ (map)

The Future Economy Network is delighted to welcome our subscribers UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), Hoare Lea & The Green Register to this afternoon event.

They will be highlighting the current state of sustainability in UK construction and the emerging innovations which might aid some of the future challenges we face. This event will be hosted by Bevan Brittan LLP in their Bristol office!

Sophia Cox, Sustainability Advisor at UKGBC will be discussing how the construction industry is about to face unprecedented challenges. A growing skills shortage, mitigating climate change and new construction technologies are all going to impact an already struggling industry. In this presentation UKGBC provides an overview of current impact of UK construction and highlights examples of organisations who are already innovating to meet the challenges ahead.

Richard Harper, Principal Sustainability Consultant at Hoare Lea will be talking to us about how traditional construction is responsible for a significant amount of waste that can be avoided if the sector accelerates towards modular and off-site construction. It is estimated that up to 25% of construction material ends up as waste, although best practice aims to get this down to 5%. A shift towards Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) will help the construction sector to reduce waste and improve efficiency, i.e. move towards a circular economy. Richard will present Hoare Lea’s thoughts on ‘Designing for Manufacture, Assembly and the Circular Economy’ under the following topics.

  • How off-site/ modular construction supports a circular economy

  • Resource efficiency and waste reduction

  • Improved system integration

  • Benefits of reduced defects and failures

  • Improved energy efficiency

  • Case studies

Dan Weisselberg, Business Development at The Green Register will be talking about - "Why nailing sustainable is a great aspiration and such an appropriate expression too". It will consider a handful of developments within the sustainable construction sector and use these to frame the approach the new Futureproof scheme will be taking.


13:00 - 13:15 - Registration

13:15 - 13:25 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

13:25 - 13:40 – Sophia Cox - UKGBC

13:40 – 13:55 – Richard Harper - Hoare Lea

13:55 - 14:10 – Dan Wiesselberg - Green Register

14:10 - 14:20 - Q&A

14:20 - 14:30 - Close

14:30 - 15:00 - Networking and Nibbles

Get to know our speakers!

Sophia Cox, Sustainability Advisor, UK Green Building Council

Sophia Cox works on the Cities Programme at UKGBC, an industry-led body with a mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. Her recent work includes a project to communicate the sustainability of the UK built environment, a resource to help built environment organisations think about how the future will affect their businesses and a guide to social value in new development.

Richard Harper, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Hoare Lea

Richard Harper is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), certified BREEAM assessor and Principal Sustainability Consultant for Hoare Lea. Hoare Lea is a  multidiscipline engineering consultancy with their second largest office (after London) being located in Bristol. Richard has been working in Sustainability in the built environment for over 16 years and has experience in a range of development types such as existing homes, new homes, new commercial and retail buildings. Richard has provided training for energy professionals and currently is involved in developing Energy, Sustainability and Waste Strategies, delivering BREEAM and WELL assessments and providing Soft Landing expertise and guidance.

Dan Weisselberg, Business Development, The Green Register

Following careers in marketing bands and records, teaching Design and Technology and house-husbandry, Dan followed an MSc in Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies at UEL / CAT. Out of this he was inspired to retrofit his own Victorian terraced home and in 2010 set up Bristol Green Doors which went on to become the UK's biggest citywide green open home event. Dan joined The Green Register at the beginning of 2015 where he supports delivery of its training events through business development, outreach, strategic planning and overseeing marketing. In 2018 he completed a retrofit of a 1930s house in Whitehall.

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