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: UKGBC invited

18.25-19.15 Built environment solutions – business presentations:

Kenny Cameron, Managing Director, Connected Response – domestic electric storage heating

Michaela Kendall, CEO, Adelan – fuel cell energy solutions

Steve Munn, Managing Director, Hevasure Ltd – monitoring technology for closed heating and chilled water systems

5 others have temporarily reserved a speaking slot

19.15 Panel session

Investor/ financier


Property company

Government representative

Housing association/ local authority

Holly Stockbridge, Innovation Manager, Engie

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

20.10 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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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.