- November 9, 2017
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“Reimagining a sustainable future for construction” was the title of a stimulating and thought provoking breakfast panel discussion hosted by David Savage of Charles Russell Speechleys LLP. Panellists included Sir Jonathan Porritt CBE, one of Britain’s leading environmentalists; Terry Willis, Chief Executive of the World Green Building Council and Mathewe Bennett, Head of Growth and Innovation at Willmott Dixon.
Key points: –
- Productivity challenges – Will 3D Printing, Digitisation and Robotics increase productivity = lower carbon emissions in construction and thereafter operationally? Probably…..
- Do buildings ACTUALLY perform as designed and modelled? If the VW filter were applied to buildings what would be the result? The industry must address the performance gap.
- Clean growth strategy? Where is the leadership going to come from? Governments, industry, technology, investors, designers, contractors, occupiers… The answer probably lies in collaboration generating a marketplace that drives the sustainability agenda. “Nett Zero” buildings from inception, construction, through operation to deconstruction…joined up thinking – outcome focused certainly.
- Refurbishment/ Retrofit to achieve “Nett Zero Buildings” – A significant challenge for all that perhaps can only be achieved by a legislative agenda linked to supply and demand for properties that appeal to both the commercial aspects of property investment and good ethical standards.