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Futurebuild 2024: be part of the change

Futurebuild 2024
Futurebuild 2024 is setting out to be a call to action for change

Built environment professionals will gather from 5-7 March at London’s ExCeL to discuss solutions for some of the most urgent sustainability challenges in the industry.

The built environment is at a pivotal point in time and contractors – national and regional, large and small – play a critical role in ensuring we create a legacy of buildings that are fit for the future. But, to achieve this, the industry has acknowledged that change needs to happen. That is why Futurebuild is taking a stand for positive change at its 2024 conference.

Time is running out for serious climate action and collectively the industry can make a difference – but to get there, the supply chain must come together as one. Through collaboration, we can share our visions and drive positive action.

The Futurebuild Conference is more than just a sustainability event: it’s a call to action for change. This highly respected gathering of influential innovators and collaborators tackles the big issues head-on and is inviting all those involved in the built environment to take part in the conference sessions to inspire and drive change to achieve a better built and natural environment for the long term.

Three daily themes

Sponsored by Soprema and One Click LCA and curated by the Edge think tank, the conference programme is focused on embracing change through three daily themes: Pathways to change, Levers for change and Sharing visions for change. Featuring a line-up of the who’s who of the built and natural environment, each speaker will use the conference stage to ‘take a stand for change’ to tackle the big climate and ecological issues.

Futurebuild 2024
Futurebuild 2024 seeks to inspire a better built environment

The aim of the Futurebuild Conference is for attendees to leave feeling more empowered and inspired to make changes to support the environment in their work.

Commenting on sponsoring the conference’s programme, Debby Dawson, of sponsor Soprema, said: “At Soprema, we believe in building a sustainable future, and our commitment to eco-friendly solutions is at the core of everything we do. That’s why we’re joining hands with Futurebuild, a platform that shares our passion for sustainable innovation.”

Johanna Jarvinen of sponsor One Click LCA added: “The One Click LCA team is excited to be taking part in Futurebuild 2024. Paving the way towards a better built environment is at the core of everything we do, and it’s going to be an inspiring few days surrounded by other organisations and industry leaders who share the same values, wanting to proactively drive the industry forward and change how we build for the better.”

A focus on retrofit

Futurebuild is partnering with The Retrofit Academy for the launch of The National Retrofit Conference, which will take place alongside Futurebuild 2024. The National Retrofit Conference will bring together innovators and industry leaders to focus on decarbonising our existing housing stock. It marks a big step forward in addressing how we tackle retrofitting, the biggest climate challenge facing our generation – hence the importance of launching a conference dedicated to it.

The National Retrofit Conference will provide a roadmap for retrofit for the coming years, with subsequent annual conferences marking the waypoints in the journey. The line-up of speakers includes government ministers and senior policymakers, key leaders from cities and regions, and thought leaders from inside and outside the sector. This aligns with Futurebuild’s overall aim of collaboration, bringing key people together to forge a unified approach towards sustainable living.

The three-day National Retrofit Conference will focus on skills, innovation and policy, and will provide the practical solutions that attendees can take away to drive their retrofit programmes forward.

Now is the time to take action through collaborative engagement. We ask you to take part, join the discussion and be part of the transformative change. The industry is ready and action is coming.

Futurebuild 2024 Conference will take place from 5-7 March 2024 at London’s ExCeL main arena. Visitor registration is now open. For more details and exhibitor enquiries, visit futurebuild.co.uk.

Speakers at the Futurebuild Conference 2024 will include:

Smith Mordak, chief executive, UKGBC;
Muyiwa Oki, president, RIBA;
Sara Edmonds, co-director, National Retrofit Hub;
Richard Benwell, chief executive, Wildlife and Countryside Link;
Caroline Gumble, chief executive, CIOB;
Ramesh Deonarine, team leader – built environment, Climate Change Committee;
Danisha Kazi, head of economics, Positive Money;
Sam Burdett, carbon manager, Skanska and co-founder of ZERO Next and education co-lead, ZERO;
Helen Fadipe, vice president, RTPI;
Ed Lockhart, chief executive, Future Homes Hub;

Paul Morrell OBE, co-chair, Independent Review of the Construction Product Testing Regime;
Flora Samuel, head of architecture, University of Cambridge;
The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore OBE, MP and founder, Mission Zero Coalition;
Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge;
Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute;
Simon Sharpe, director of Economics for the UN Climate and author of Five Times Faster;
Tim Smedley, author of The Last Drop: Solving the world’s water crisis

and many more…


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