Rushlight Built Environment Briefing

Sustainable Innovations for the Urban Built Environment

Thursday 3 May 2018

5.30pm – 9.00pm

Hosted by  

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 25 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6AY


The energy sector has undergone the largest transformation with regard to an improvement in its environmental footprint.  Transport is now undergoing a comparatively rapid transformation as cars, vans and rail become electric and biofuels make an impression in shipping and aviation.  There is substantial pressure to address food waste and eradicate plastic packaging, which have been demonised due to their drastic environmental footprints.  The built environment now faces unprecedented challenges across energy security, carbon reduction, resource efficiency and waste reduction.   47% of all UK CO2 emissions are linked to the construction and operation of the built environment. Of this, 27% comes from housing, 18% from non-domestic buildings, and 2% from the construction process itself.

However, these figures do not account for embodied carbon which in the case of certain building materials such as cement, bricks, steel and other metals and glass is significant.  Often overlooked, the embodied carbon emitted in producing materials can have a significant impact on the whole lifecycle emissions of buildings’ construction, maintenance and eventual refurbishment or destruction. Recent analysis has shown that the embodied energy share of conventional buildings was between 6-20%. However, in low-energy buildings this share increased to 26-57%, and in nearly Zero Energy Buildings this could be up to 100%.  Generally, embodied carbon is most concentrated at the manufacturing stage, particularly the buildings’ fabric, foundations, superstructure and envelope. However, while initial design and construction materials are important, the carbon costs of refurbishment deserve serious attention. Every new building becomes a refurbishment case within just a few months of completion and reducing the carbon embodied in materials which may be replaced with successive refurbishments can provide opportunity to reduce the total lifecycle carbon of the building. These benefits apply to old buildings as well, vastly increasing the potential impact.

The benefits of sustainable innovations go well beyond environmental advantages too.  There are significant economic and social benefits to be considered when, according to a London Assembly Report recently, water bills can be reduced by 30%, gas bills can be reduced by 80%, starting prices for homes can be reduced by £400,000 to £800,000 and units can be built in 10 weeks rather than 40 weeks.

In November last year, the Government as part of its Industrial Strategy White Paper struck an agreement with the construction industry which aims to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years.  The flagship deal will see the Government invest £170m over three years, with £250m coming from industry, to commercialise technologies capable of building energy-efficient, cost-effective housing and infrastructure.  The deal aims to reduce the cost of construction by one-third while halving greenhouse gas emissions in the industry by 2025.

The sector has, in spite of the removal of targets and regulations in the past, nevertheless been evolving and improving its sustainability credentials.  Offsite construction is a real option in some cases, reducing waste and improving efficiencies significantly; passivhaus continues to gain traction; aggregates have entered the circular economy; innovations involving natural air conditioning, natural light, thermal insulation, paints, solar energy, energy efficiency, biomaterials and remanufactured products continue to evolve.

This briefing will aim to highlight what these technologies and innovations are likely to be, what is evolving in this space and how these targets are going to be achieved.  It will be an ideal event for all built environment professionals, sustainability consultants, construction companies, built environment technology developers, property developers, investors and financiers, cleantech innovators, analysts, intermediaries and advisers.


5.30pm Registration

6.00pm Welcome: Andrew Bond, Partner, Smith & Williamson

6.10pm Introduction: Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.15pm The current picture in the built environment – Don Ward, Chief Executive, Constructing Excellence.  His presentation is Rushlight BEB 3-5-18 Don Ward part 1 and Rushlight BEB 3-5-18 Don Ward part 1a and Rushlight BEB 3-5-18 Don Ward part 2.

6.40pm The built environment sustainable innovations – David Cheshire, Regional Sustainability Director, AECOM.  His presentation is Rushlight BEB 3-5-18 David Cheshire part 1 and Rushlight BEB 3-5-18 David Cheshire part 2 and Rushlight BEB 3-5-18 David Cheshire part 3

7.10pm Panel discussion and Q&A, augmented by

Madoc Batcup, Managing Partner, Synaps Partners LLP

Neil Pennell, Head of Design, Innovation & Property Solutions, Landsec

Ian Hutchcroft, Market Development, Energiesprong UK

Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural Engineering, The Concrete Centre

8.00pm Networking and drinks

9.00pm Close


Who should attend?

Architects, architectural technologists, sustainability professionals, surveyors, interior designers, property investment and fund managers, estates and facilities managers, property developers, builders, investors, analysts, corporate financial advisors, financiers, advisers and other followers of the market.


Each delegate place costs £40 + VAT and the number of places are limited.

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Don Ward – Constructing Excellence

Don Ward is Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence*, the UK industry best practice and knowledge transfer organisation which is part of the BRE Trust group of companies**. He also runs the European Construction Institute (ECI), which became part of BRE in September 2017, and has responsibility for BRE’s Innovation Parks.  He has over thirty years’ experience of innovation and best practice in the built environment sector, specialising in policy making, industry change, supply chain integration, collaborative working and sustainability in housing, buildings and infrastructure.  He is closely involved with many UK government and industry bodies, including the Construction Leadership Council, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority within the Cabinet Office, and the British Standards Institution (BSI). He is a Simon Industrial Fellow in infrastructure development with the Alliance Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester, and has provided strategic advice at government and sector level in over 30 different countries.

David Cheshire – AECOM

David Cheshire is a Regional Director at AECOM, specialising in sustainability in the built environment. David has over twenty years’ experience acting as a sustainability champion on construction projects and has written best practice industry guidance including CIBSE’s Sustainability Guide. David is a Chartered Environmentalist, a BREEAM Accredited Professional and sits on the SKA Rating technical committee as well as delivering training on sustainable buildings. He is the author of Building Revolutions, an RIBA book that explains how to apply the circular economy to the built environment.

Neil Pennell – Landsec

Neil Pennell is Head of Design, Innovation and Property Solutions at Landsec, the UK’s largest quoted property company. 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.  He is a Senior Thought Leader working across the Group on technical and innovative solutions for Landsec’s current and future portfolio, acting as a trusted adviser to the Senior Executive team and other internal and external stakeholders.  He is charged with providing strategic advice to the business on sustainable building design, smart building technology and innovative procurement and construction processes to ensure Landsec retains its leadership position in the real estate sector. This involves a wide remit to drive innovation and the application of technology including; Internet of Things, energy technologies, AI, advanced building analytics, BiM, modern methods of construction, smart building technologies and Prop Tech solutions.  Neil sits on the Board of the British Council of Offices (BCO) and Chairs the Technical Affairs Committee which is responsible for producing the BCO’s industry leading technical publications.  He is also a director of the Better Buildings Partnership and a member of WiredScore Connectivity Advisory Committee.

Madoc Batcup – Synaps Partners LLP

Madoc is the Managing Director of Synaps and has been an independent consultant for many years, during which time he has been involved in a number of innovative transactions in the areas of fund management, financial structuring and property, advising large institutional investors both in Europe and Japan. For a number of years in the early nineties he was a member of the property sub committee of the National Association of Pension Funds. Madoc lived in Japan in the 1980’s, under a special EU programme where he learnt Japanese and worked for Sumitomo Bank and the Mitsubishi Research Institute. He subsequently joined Swiss Bank Corporation International (now part of UBS) and helped establish their investment banking operation in Tokyo before returning to London to specialise in structured financing. Madoc qualified as a barrister and has degrees in law from both Cambridge University and the Institut d’Etudes Européennes in Brussels.

Ian Hutchcroft – Energiesprong UK

Ian works with Energiesprong UK to develop the market for net zero energy retrofit and new build, adapting the Dutch Energiesprong approach for the UK market.  He develops new opportunities with landlords and our partner organisations, and is leading early delivery projects.  He is also Innovation Director at Regen, Chair of Plymouth Energy Community, an Energy Saving Trust Associate, and has his own consulting business.  Ian has previously worked for Energy Saving Trust as Head of Delivery (England), local authorities and architects and has won an Ashden Award for sustainable energy innovation.

Jenny Burridge – The Concrete Centre

Jenny leads the team of structural engineers at The Concrete Centre which is the central development organisation for the UK concrete industry dedicated to enabling all those involved in the design, use and performance of concrete to realise the full potential of concrete. She is a chartered civil and structural engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. She has worked for Arup and AECOM designing award winning buildings in both the UK and mainland Europe. She is the UK representative on the CEN task group looking at revisions to the fire part of Eurocode 2 and chairs the BSI Advisory Committee for Engineering Design and Construction.