Opening Remarks

James Murray, Editor-in-chief, BusinessGreen

Retrofitting and the future of the construction industry

An estimated 455,000 jobs are required in the construction and property sectors to refit buildings and infrastructure to meet 2050 net zero targets. This presentation will cover:
  • The changes coming for a greener construction industry
  • How the industry can support energy efficiency upgrades and low carbon infrastructure plans
  • Best practice for retrofitting
  • The implications of newly launched Green Home Retrofit Finance Principles guidelines – what do they mean for the construction industry?

Emma Harvey, Director, Green Finance Institute

Case Study: Gen Zero

The Department for Education (DfE), in partnership with Innovate UK, the Construction Innovation Hub and the Active Building Centre, has launched a leading research and development project to create new sustainable design solutions for secondary school buildings. Known as GenZero, the project will help set the standard for the next generation of net zero carbon schools in England by delivering digital models for two prototype schools that will be sustainable, enable offsite construction, and help meet the UK’s ambitious 2050 net zero carbon targets.

Tom Stocks, Programme Lead, Department for Education

Tech-celerate your progress to net zero

The transition to net zero is being hailed as the industrial revolution of the 21st century, and embracing new technologies is vital to greening the construction industry. This session will cover:
  • Technological developments which will aid the transition to net zero construction at all stages of your supply chain
  • Seizing the clean technology opportunity
  • Unlocking energy efficiency in construction
  • Supporting low carbon infrastructure
Jaimie Johnston, Director, Head of Global Systems, Bryden Wood

Panel: The business case for net zero buildings

Buildings make up around 30% of carbon emissions and are one of our assets most vulnerable to climate change. A panel of sustainability experts will discuss:

  • Encouraging your organisation and stakeholders to embrace the transition to net zero buildings
  • ROI of green buildings, including their increased asset value, and the reduced costs of construction and design
  • Maximising the environment, health and productivity benefits - Seizing the opportunities posed by green construction, such as grants

Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director for Transforming Construction, Innovate UK
Ana Musat, Policy Manager, Aldersgate Group
Alexia Laird, Sustainable Design Executive, Landsec
Ashley Bateson, Partner & Head of Sustainability, Hoare Lea

Moderator: James Murray, Editor-in-chief, BusinessGreen

Please note: programme is subject to change