Rushlight Built Environment Briefing

Doing Business in the Sustainable Built Environment

25 September 2019

5.30pm – 9.00pm

Hosted by

25 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6AY


With the legally-binding target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 now in UK law, there is, at last, a sense of urgency developing across the UK economy to decarbonise.

Rapidly increasing urban populations and the need to reduce its environmental impact have combined to bring the built environment to the fore for local and national government.

The built environment contributes around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. Almost half of this is from energy used in buildings (eg plug loads and cooking) and infrastructure (eg roads and railways) that has nothing to do with their functional operation.

Newly constructed buildings are more energy efficient, but 80% of the buildings that will exist in 2050 has already been built, so a major priority is decarbonising our existing stock. Yet Government policies aimed at improving the efficiency of existing buildings have been scaled back dramatically and insulation installation rates have stalled.

Heating alone results in 10% of the nation’s carbon footprint and homes are more significant than all other building types put together. Decarbonising our heat supply is one of the big policy challenges ahead.  Weaning us off gas boilers will be difficult, and it is expected to be expensive to replace them with either hydrogen or heat pumps run on electricity.

Onsite renewable generation by businesses and households will need to play a “key” role in the energy system if the UK is to reach its 2050 net-zero target.

The UK’s transition away from centralised energy systems is happening “at a pace”, with 500,000 homes now connected to heat networks and onsite renewable generation capacity having surpassed 2.1GW in 2017.  But these efforts, along with those in the spaces of customer-owned energy efficiency measures and ‘smart’ energy technologies will need to be scaled up in order to create a “just” transition to a truly net-zero economy.

Another major challenge is the carbon embodied through construction. Annual embodied emissions alone are currently higher than the target for total built environment emissions by 2050.

In the UK, construction is one of the largest consumers of materials and produces more waste than any other sector.  While most construction waste is diverted from landfill, little is being recycled or re-used, and the quantity of re-used materials in construction has decreased since 1998. Few contractors are yet designing out waste and despite recent growth rates, offsite manufacturing still represents a very small proportion of the market.

Water usage has traditionally been viewed as less important than materials. Yet water is already scarce in some UK regions, and this will increase with climate change.

We also need to be designing buildings that last longer. We know the typical lifespan of modern commercial buildings is much shorter than most of our historic buildings. To cope with our rapidly changing needs we need to design buildings which can be adapted to future uses.

There is now an unparalleled opportunity for organisations to bring their sustainable built environment solutions to market, but it is not straightforward to get in front of the right people and organisations.  This event is designed to address this by bringing together the key participants in the move to cleaner cities and a sustainable built environment.

This is the second event in the Rushlight Doing Business series that seek to set out the opportunities to develop a successful business in an exciting part of the cleantech sector.  This format brings together investors and financiers; local and national government officials; funded programme representatives; analysts; cleantech companies and technology developers; corporate partners and customers; key intermediaries and networks; consultants and planners and other members and interest parties of this specific community.

Sustainable built environment includes the following:

  • carbon negative building materials
  • reuse of building materials and other circular economy solutions
  • solar windows, roof and walls
  • ground and air source heat pumps
  • buildings as power sources
  • energy efficiency measures
  • natural light optimisation
  • ventilation systems
  • offsite manufacturing
  • flexible design to avoid obsolescence
  • zero waste construction
  • sustainable refurbishment
  • vertical wall gardening
  • home and transport coordinated design
  • everything-included housing as a service
  • smart home management
  • smart refrigeration, food storage and management
  • air quality measurement and solutions
  • urban planning and design that promotes health and well-being
  • rental of spare housing, rooms and space
  • biodiversity enhancement
  • climate change adaptation


17.30 Registration

18.00  Welcome: Andrew Bond, Partner, Smith & Williamson

18.05  Introduction: Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

18.10 Keynote: Prof Jeremy Watson, Chief Scientist & Engineer, BRE.  Presentation is Rushlight Briefing 25-9-19 Jeremy Watson

18.25-19.30 Built environment solutions – business presentations:

Kenny Cameron, Managing Director, Connected Response – domestic electric storage heating.  Presentation is Rushlight Briefing 25-9-19 Connected Response

Michaela Kendall, CEO, Adelan – fuel cell energy solutions.  Presentation is to follow

Steve Munn, Managing Director, Hevasure Ltd – monitoring technology for closed heating and chilled water systems.  Presentation is RUSHLIGHT BRIEFING 25-9-19 Hevasure Ltd

Neil Ferguson, Technical Director, Energystore Ltd – cavity wall insulation.  Presentation is Rushlight Briefing 25-9-19 Energystore

Freddie Talberg, CEO, Emission Solutions Ltd – air quality and noise monitoring.  Presentation is Rushlight Briefing 25-9-19 EMSOL

Christine Boyle, CEO, Senergy Innovations Ltd – solar thermal.  Presentation is Rushlight Briefing 25-9-19 Senergy

Greg Lavery, Managing Director, Rype Office Ltd – office furniture fit-out.  Presentation is Rushlight Briefing 25-9-19 Rype Office

Steve Hunt, Managing Director, Steven Hunt & Associates – construction projects management.  Presentation is Rushlight Briefing 25-9-19 Steven A Hunt & Assoc

Tim Popov, Founder, Liquid Logical Ltd –  energy efficient hot water system.  Presentation is to follow

Zak Ajia, Founder, GreenPad Enterprise – smart energy management.  Presentation is Rushlight Briefing 25-9-19 GreenPad Ent

Gregor Hoefter, Founder, GridDuck –  low cost energy management system.  Presentation is Rushlight Briefing 25-9-19 GridDuck

19.15 Panel session

David Mason, Environment Technical Director, Skanska

Julie Alexander, Director of Technical Innovation, PfP Capital

Simon Hart, Low Impact Building Innovation Platform Leader, Innovate UK

Holly Stockbridge, Innovation Manager, Engie

Neil Pennell, Head of Design, Innovation & Property Solutions, Land Securities

will give feedback to the companies and then discuss key issues, before a Q&A session wraps up the formal part of the evening.

20.15 Networking

Who should attend?

This event is ideal for companies with any kind of solution for reducing the environmental impact of the built environment; investors and financiers; local authorities; housing associations; construction companies; government; built environment professionals; sustainability specialists; facilities managers; analysts; corporate customers; advisers; intermediaries; built environment sector participants; city planners; energy and fuel companies; technology developers; media and other followers of the built environment and urban life.


To attend as a delegate, a standard ticket costs £45 + VAT and places are strictly limited.

To attend as a company presenter, a ticket costs £95 plus VAT, which includes a free extra delegate place.  The number of company presenters is limited by the time slot on the agenda and is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Prof Jeremy Watson – BRE and UCL

Jeremy Watson is Vice-Dean for Engineering Mission and Professor of Engineering Systems in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at UCL. Concurrently, he is Chief Scientist and Engineer at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Jeremy was previously Arup’s Global Research Director, and Chief Scientific Advisor in the Department of Communities and Local Government. He has senior experience of research and technical direction in industry and universities, governing board membership at Innovate UK and EPSRC, plus service with NERC and HEFCE. He has served on two government SAGE panels (Flooding and Pandemics) and a Blackett Review on Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things.

Simon Hart – Innovate UK

Simon is Head of Construction at Innovate UK and manages the team delivering the £170m Transforming Construction R&D portfolio. Simon’s career spans Consultancy, Business Development and Engineering, across Manufacturing and Technology sectors. Prior to joining Innovate UK, Simon led the Connectivity Practice within an Engineering Consultancy and spent 10 years in Automotive industry delivering engineering programmes for clients.

Holly Stockbridge – Engie

Holly is Innovation Manager for ENGIE UK & Ireland, an energy, services and regeneration organisation focussed on supporting the zero-carbon transition. She is currently focussed on supporting UK clean growth start-ups access grants and equity investment through a Clean Growth Innovation Fund in partnership with Innovate UK.

Julie Alexander – Places for People

Julie recently joined Places for People, one of the largest placemaking organisations in the UK, to bring a new perspective to the housing and construction sector, founded in technological change and innovation in delivery. Joining from Siemens where Julie led the global Smart Cities approach, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge from an industrial background and insights into automation, digitalisation and IoT not previously harnessed by the construction sector. Julie now seeks to bridge the gap between the technology supply chain and housing developers, allowing for a wider understanding and adoption of technological solutions, and to introduce innovative ways of doing business in a sector that is in much need for disruption.  Part of this role is to incorporate technology into existing assets to optimise their performance, and to significantly improve customer experience. Driving the use of digital twins from design and planning on to asset management, through to identifying smart technology for the elimination of social isolation, illustrates the broad range of opportunities for proptech and placetech, for which Julie has responsibility.  Julie is a member of the Smart London Board and is Chair of the Managing Board of UKCRIC, the UK’s leading infrastructure research community. 

David Mason – Skanska

David is the Environment Technical Director for the UK’s greenest company, Skanska UK. He leads a team of environmental and sustainability experts whose primary role is to ensure that the most rigorous sustainability principles are adhered to in construction and facilities management projects.  During 8 years at Skanska, David has been involved with many flagship initiatives, including the UKs first BREEAM outstanding rated public building at Brent Civic Centre, where LED and controls technology played a key role in the BREEAM achievement.  Previously holding roles with Mowlem and Carillion, he is a respected thought leader in environmental and sustainability matters, having represented Skanska at many industry events and bodies such as the Green Building Council. 

Neil Pennell – Landsec

Neil Pennell is Head of Design Innovation and Property Solutions at Landsec, one of the UK’s leading property companies. He is responsible for the creation of a clear and compelling vision for the Company’s long-term strategy with respect to the design and development of innovative, environmentally sustainable and technically excellent buildings.  His role involves a wide remit to drive innovation and the application of smart building technology solutions including; low and zero carbon energy technologies, IoT, AI, advanced building analytics, BIM, DfMA and modern methods of construction to ensure Landsec retains its leadership position in the real estate sector.  Neil is an advocate of sustainable buildings, renewable energy technologies and intelligent building design. His goal is to create amazing buildings for people to; live, work, shop and enjoy their leisure time in.

Connected Response Ltd

Connected Response Ltd provides Optimisation Services for Electric Domestic Heating. The core technology, developed since 2012, provides smart charging and metering solutions for the 1.5m UK homes with electric storage heating – initial focus has been on tower blocks as a retrofit to existing heaters. Heating is optimised for resident needs, actual flat temperature, weather forecast and availability of renewable energy – making a major contribution towards alleviating fuel poverty. New developments include a Consumer Access Device to read smart meters in real time to enable “local use of local renewables”. Co-founders have a background in parallel areas with Energy Assets, VCharge, OVO and in social housing contracting.


Adelan is a UK fuel cell technology company, working in global markets for clean air.  The core technology is the microtubular solid oxide fuel cell (mSOFC) technology.  Adelan develops new clean, green energy market opportunities through direct sales and collaborative partnerships with industrial customers.  Scalable from small portable units, right up to grid-connected power stations, fuel cells represent a growing clean growth opportunity. They are the cleanest possible technology for dependable and reliable electricity generation. With one of the longest running fuel cell R&D programmes in the world – and the longest running mSOFC programme – delivery of portable and mobile power solutions is Adelan’s core strength.  Crucially, Adelan’s quiet, compact and efficient fuel cells use commonly available infrastructure fuels such as LPG and act as a technological stepping stone towards the low-carbon and clean hydrogen economy of the future. Accelerating commercial product development through component and system cost reduction, Adelan develops and optimises mSOFC technology – from materials to design specifications.

Hevasure Ltd

Hevasure was established in 2014 specifically to provide novel monitoring technology and services aimed at preventing corrosion in closed heating and chilled water systems.  Our award-winning technology is now installed in over 30 buildings in the UK (including some of London’s most iconic landmarks) ensuring that these valuable (HVAC) assets do not degrade. Not only does this significantly reduce the risk of catastrophic failure, but it helps ensure that efficiencies are maintained over their intended lifetime.  Hevasure continue to invest heavily in R&D to ensure that our product is the best available anywhere.  We currently have (or are in the process of applying for) 4 patents.

Energystore Ltd

Energystore have been insulating homes for over 40 years and are a market leader in bonded bead cavity wall insulation. At energystore we are continually investing in and developing new innovations to improve the energy efficiency of buildings across the UK and Ireland. Our core product, superbead, has been independently proven to have the least global warming potential of any insulant on the UK market and we have recently developed TLA (thermal lightweight aggregate) to produce an insulated screed, which delivers major carbon savings during builds by reducing the amount of concrete used. Both superbead and TLA produce minimal amounts of onsite waste and are ideal products to use in the retrofit market, which is a crucial target in order to meet the UK’s 2050 net-zero target.

Emission Solutions Ltd

EMSOL provides a local area monitoring zone around business premises, construction sites, or any built environment area, such as a recent deploy at railway stations (Birmingham New St).  Within the zone, we measure air quality, noise pollution and other pollutants as required in real-time.  Correlated to this real-time data is a fully integrated tracking capability that enables the platform to track every vehicle, site machinery, train or any object to identify the impact of each object on the local air and noise quality.  This evidence is now a vital part of contract compliance for construction and delivery and servicing activity and to address key actions to enable businesses to meet net-zero emissions targets.  EMSOL is a SaaS internet of things (IOT) business that will be a major part of delivering the ‘H’ element in Health & Safety within the workplace.

Senergy Innovations Ltd

Senergy is an innovative company supported by the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy to prosper from the renewable energy revolution, the digitalisation of heating and cooling and the offsite manufacture of future modular homes.  The ‘backbone’ of Senergy’s initial offering to the market is an advanced polymer SOLAR THERMAL collection system that can be manufactured and installed at a 50% lower cost with a significantly greater collection capability than existing solar thermal panels made from glass, copper and aluminium. Senergy Panels are designed to integrate easily with the construction architecture of buildings and are embedded with low cost sensor and information technologies that also integrate with the digital architecture. This complete integrated solution allows Senergy Thermal panels to deliver the next generation of reliable, affordable and emission free solar water heating and cooling.

Rype Office Ltd

Rype Office remanufactures office furniture to as-new condition, selling it at half the price of furniture from virgin resources and with an environmental footprint 80% less. Its vertically integrated business model owns the client relationship while capturing the margins along the entire value chain of this disaggregated sector. OEMs are not able to compete in remanufacturing due to their dealers preferring to only sell new furniture and second hand dealers do not have the engineering expertise to remanufacture. Rype Office is seeking funding to support its rapid growth, specifically additional B2B2B channels.

Steven A Hunt & Associates

Steven A Hunt & Associates are the leading M&E specialist in the North West. Based in Liverpool, with nearly three decades worth of experience in mechanical and electrical engineering design, we are the only certified BIM Level 2 M&E consultant in the North West. We have shaped everything from large multi-million pound developments to small-scale, intimate projects, and have the expertise, skills and experience to meet the requirements of any project in any sector. As a certified Level 2 BIM practitioner Steven Hunt Associates has an edge over competitors, the ability to meet any brief, work collaboratively with other suppliers and ensure that the final design is clear and concise enough to be taken straight to the construction stage, reducing waste, saving time and money and then using the asset for facilities management through the lifetime of the building.

Liquid Logical

Highly efficient tankless water boiling/heating technology. Liquid Logical has invented and patented a new method of instantly heating water to a specific temperature (up to boiling) through a continuous flow which does not rely on a storage tank. The current prototype version has a continuous flow rate of 1.4L per minute at 95°C which can be scaled up or down. The technology is over 60% more efficient in regard to the energy usage of similar domestic appliances and only uses the exact amount of water required with zero standby usage.

GreenPad Enterprise

GreenPad Enterprise is an energy and environmental management company. It uses smart innovative and advisory solutions to help
businesses and communities improve their energy and environmental performance by saving energy, carbon as well as satisfying stakeholders’ sustainability concerns. Its pioneer product, EnergiePad is a multi award-winning cloud-based tool that configures a building’s energy assets (such as HVAC and power systems) into a database, enabling the use of specially developed algorithms as well as artificial intelligence to remotely track and analyse its energy performance continually to detect energy wastage in real time. Once energy wastage is detected, it sends mobile and email alerts to users as well as energy management tips to correct them. Furthermore, the app provides a collaborative platform for users to engage with their peers on their energy future and to access energy management training for improving their know-how of energy management issues.


GridDuck has developed a low-cost energy management system with wireless hardware, an online dashboard and an API. The solution enables consumption monitoring and analysis, remote control and automation, and is certified for cybersecurity.  The solution has now been installed in over 50 locations to monitor and automate the behaviour of assets such as drinks fridges, coffee machines, ice machines, hot water dispensers, electric radiators, water heaters, air conditioning units, electric vehicle chargers, computers and walk-in cold rooms.  Annual savings range from 15% to 35%, depending on the rule set that is applied to the appliance.