Futurebuild 2020 kicked off with a programme of activity centred around transforming the industry to achieve net zero carbon emissions in a resilient and sustainable environment.
Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, began with an impassioned declaration that, with key environmental performance continuing to decline, Government needs to do more and be held more accountable.
Professor Andy Purvis, Research Leader in Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum, highlighted the scale of the ecological and environmental crisis to animal and plant species. Prof Purvis ended on the crucial point that we still have the opportunity to take steps to counteract the damage that has already been done.
The six theme-specific Keynote Stages also provided thought-provoking debate and discussions. It was standing room only at the Building Keynote Stage as leaders from across government and industry covered vital issues, such as the proposed changes to Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations and how we can the make UK’s existing housing energy efficient.
The Offsite Keynote Stage also proved highly popular. Prominent speakers from across the industry, including BRE, the STA and MPBA, joined leading manufacturers and policy makers to tackle the biggest issues in the sector. This included a discussion around ensuring offsite delivers not just on quantity but also quality, as well an exploration of how deeper collaboration between designers, clients and the wider supply chain can successfully deliver offsite solutions.
Visitors explored the all new Innovation Trail, which united Futurebuild’s Innovation Partners – a collection of the built environment’s most innovative brands and part of the event’s commitment to driving positive change in the sector. The trail offered attendees the opportunity to view and experience revolutionary products, solutions and materials and meet the leading thinkers behind these innovations.