Sustainability Conference 2017

Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation

What is the future for the built environment industry under the growing threat of climate change? What are the challenges specific to structural engineers and what are the solutions for overcoming them? How do we balance carbon 'neutral' building with the accelerating need for development? What can structural engineers change about their practises to help the industry meet 2020 climate and energy targets? 

The Sustainability Conference 2017 explored these issues and more in a fascinating and timely exploration of the role of the structural engineer in adapting to and mitigating the effects of global warming and climate change.

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 Registration and refreshments


 Welcome and Introduction - Conference Chair, Faith Wainwright MBE, Senior Vice-President and Director  at Arup


 Key-Note Speaker 1: Keith Clarke CBE, Chair of the Forum for the Future

 We have the science, what about engineering?

 How do we decarbonise infrastructure built in the next 20 years? Keith will discuss advances in climate science  and the challenges of mitigating climate change in the future. 


 Key-Note Speaker 2: Bill Gething, Professor of Architecture at University of the West of England Bristol

 Climate Science for the Built Environment: what this means for the structural engineering sector




 Session 1: Jonathon Hines, Managing Director at Architype & Chris Pembridge, Director at WSP |  Parsons  Brinckerhoff + Q&A

 PassivHaus Design – Case Study on PassivHaus Schools project: implications for structural engineers


 Session 2: Dr Flavie Lowres, Associate Director at Building Research Establishment (BRE) + Q&A

 Case Study 1 - Embodied carbon measurement: what about it?


 Lunch & Networking


 Session 3: Amie Shuttleworth, Global Head of Sustainability at Cundall + Q&A

 Circular economy and the role of structural engineers


 Session 4: Tim Snelson, Associate Director at ARUP + Q&A

 Case study 2 – Believe in Better building at Sky Campus, Hounslow


 Session 5: Angela Bejarano BArch, MSc, LEED AP, eTool facilitator and Architectural Designer at
  Mountford Pigott LLP

 Case study 3 – A talk on how eTool can be used by structural engineers to review embodied carbon and life  cycle impacts at different design stages. Examples of several life cycle assessments will be presented, and a  demonstration of how eTool works.


 Session 6: Kirsten Henson, Director of KLH Sustainability Ltd.

 Balancing Lifecycle Carbon: East Wick and Sweetwater Case Study


 Open Forum

 Is the industry ready for the future? What do we need to do prepare?


 Closing remarks – Conference Chair, Faith Wainwright MBE


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