Sustainability and its role in the industry will play a major part in next month’s UK Construction Week Birmingham, with a special section dedicated to net zero, a rich programme of panels and speakers, and various exhibitors showcasing environmentally-friendly products.
Guest speakers on the Net Zero stage will include Frank Gordon, director of policy at the Renewable Energy Association; Cat Fletcher, CEO, Freegle; and Maya de Souza, Circular Economy campaign director, BITC (Business In The Community).
Sustainability is also at the heart of the new Future Lab area (formerly the Innovation Zone) which will be one of the most exciting features at the heart of UKCW Birmingham. The lab is a showcase of concepts, products and software that demonstrate productivity, speed, quality, sustainability, and innovation in the construction industry.
Talks and discussions on the Net Zero stage will cover a range of topics, including: Whole Life Carbon: The Commercial Reality of Carbon in Construction; Energy policy: Where Do We Go From Here?; Green Finance – Navigating the Earth Economy; Building With Waste; Creating a Workforce To Support a Low-carbon Future; Circular Economy, Circular City.
Nathan Garnett, UKCW Birmingham’s show director, said: “As a major consumer of materials, Net Zero and sustainability are of the utmost importance and urgency to the construction industry, hence why UK Construction Week Birmingham will focus heavily on them.
“We’re looking forward to not only showcasing the latest innovations but hearing from industry experts on what we can – and must – all do to play our part.”
Officially opened by architect and Channel 4 presenter George Clarke and featuring guest speaker Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, UKCW Birmingham is expecting around 25,000 attendees.
The show will celebrate culture change in construction with a programme of debate and discussion from top speakers on how the industry can move forward to tackle its biggest issues, including quality, fire safety, sustainability, offsite manufacturing, mental health, and improving diversity and inclusion.
Image: UK Construction Week main stage
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