Preparations for Ecobuild

As the days draw closer we are all working on our displays for Ecobuild.  Posters are being finalised, i’s dotted, t’s crossed and reference styles checked repeatedly.

For my part I’ve been taking walls for a walk.  Largely bringing them and some expanded concrete to the glasshouses to start some work with the attachment of ivy on buildings.  If the ivy takes, this should provide a beautiful visual display as to why ivy can be a problem and some of the mechanisms that could be used to reduce those issues.

I hope if you can make it to Ecobuild you will come and visit us there.  For me personally the stands I’m looking forward to visiting to help drive my project forward are:

N1506 Amytis
N1408 CTO Cactose
S1406 DeepRoot UK
S1815 Grace Construction Products Limited
S1854 MMA Architectural Systems Ltd
S1942 Rectigro
S2042 Sempergreen B.V

The Lectures/Seminars are:

Tuesday 05 March

Delivering sustainability in the city

Delivering sustainability in the city

Our towns and cities are facing increasing impacts of climate change. By 2030 it is expected that over 90% of the UK’s population will be living urban lifestyles. How can our towns and cities become life enhancing habitats for all, rather than sources of environmental degradation? This seminar stream will explore an integrated approach to delivering urban sustainability from city regions to local neighbourhoods, demonstrated throughout by case studies.

This stream will take place in Seminar Room 10

10.45 – 12.15

Fairness in the city – how can design help to create more equitable communities?

It is well documented that equal societies are happier than unequal ones. Should we start by understanding people from social/anthropological perspective so that the subsequent actions in terms of urban design and planning might better contribute to a more egalitarian urban environment?

chair: Robert Huxford, Director, Urban Design Group

Relating People’s Social Networks to the Design of Space
Professor Robin Dunbar, Director, SENRG, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

11.30 – 12.30

The Green Deal and ECO – is it delivering?

Host: Emily Maitlis, Television Broadcaster

Green Deal finance has been available since the beginning of 2013. How well is it doing, what are the obstacles and can it deliver the promised carbon reductions?


Rt. Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Department of Energy & Climate Change
Paul King, Chief Executive, UK-GBC
Howard Kerr, Chief Executive, BSI
Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Capita Symonds

11.45 – 12.45

What does ‘sustainability’ add to property values?

This session will take place in Platinum Suite 1

The impact of sustainability features on valuations has proved difficult to quantify. What is the latest evidence that this makes a difference and how is this measured? What difference will EcoPAS, a tool developed to help quantify sustainability features make? What impact will Energy Act proposals to outlaw F & G rated buildings from 2018 have on those properties?


Philip Parnell, Head of Real Estate Management & Valuation Deloitte Real Estate
Andrew Renshaw, Head of Valuation & Professional Advisory, Jones Lang LaSalle
John Symes-Thompson, Senior Director, CBRE
Andrew Gulliford, Chief Operating Officer, Segro

Effective retrofit – what is the right strategy?
Putting retrofitting into its essential context, this session will explore the potential for success, failure and unintended consequences, with a no holds-barred debate on the options.
Tuesday 5 March, 12.30-14.00

14.30 – 15.30


Lecture: The Biophilic City

This session will take place in Platinum Suite 2

Biophilia is the human need for a link with nature. This means biophilic cities can deliver multiple benefits to people, the environment and the economy. How do we integrate biophilic elements into our towns and cities so that they are in tune with ecological systems, foster place-based relationships and embody the attributes of nature in their design?


Professor Tim Beatley, University of West Virginia

16.00 – 17.00

Sustainable communities – top down or bottom up?

This session will take place in Platinum Suite 2

Host: Simon Jack, Television Broadcaster

The Government has introduced various measures including core cities and the NPPF to empower local communities. Meanwhile grass roots movements such as transition towns are ganing momentum. How effective are these strategies at engaging?


Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, London Borough of Hackney
Rob Hopkins, Co-founder, Transition Network
Chris Tinker, Executive Board Director and Regeneration Chairman, Crest Nicholson
Professor Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy and CASE Association, London School of Economics (LSE)

Wednesday 06 March

11.15 – 12.15

How can design help to create sustainable communities?

This session will take place in Mezzanine

Hosted by: Gary Young, Partner, Farrells

Good design should be holistic, responsive to place and context to create sustainable communities as well as individual buildings.


Liane Hartley, Director, Mend
Pooran Desai, Co-founder, BioRegional, and International Director, One Planet Communities
Wendy Shillam, Director, Urbaneye Ltd

13.30 – 14.15

Is there a business case for green buildings?

This session will take place in Ecobuild Arena

Host: Andrew Mellor, Partner, PRP Architects

The World Green Building Council launches a report on the business case for sustainable buildings around the globe. Based on the best international evidence, the report covers the impact green buildings have on risk, asset value, build and operational costs and the health and productivity of occupiers.


Jane Henley, Chief Executive, World Green Building Council
Staffan Haglind, Green Business Officer, Skanska
Miles Dunnett, Head of Asset Management, Grosvenor
Miles Keeping, Partner, Deloitte Real Estate
Ursula Hartenberger, Global Head of Sustainability, RICS

14.30 – 15.30

What sustainability strategies are needed for different climatic zones?

This session will take place in Platinum Suite 1

What are the technical considerations when designing sustainable buildings which are responsive to different extreme climates which may also be subject to change over time with climate change? Which are the most appropriate standards and rating systems to apply and when?


Patrick Bellew, Founding Director, Atelier Ten
Alan Shingler, Head of Sustainability, Sheppard Robson
Rob Buckley, Sustainable Design Director, AECOM
Frank Mills, Technical Director, LCDC – Low Carbon Design Consultants

14.30 – 15.30

The Big Interview: Jonathan Dimbleby in conversation with Joanna Lumley

As the worldwide ambassador of Plan A, the eco and ethical programme which aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable major retailer and following her high profile and successful campaign on behalf of Gurkhas’ rights, Joanna Lumley will join Jonathan Dimbleby in the spectacular Ecobuild Arena on 6th March as part of the ‘Beyond Construction’ stream.

16.15 – 17.15

Making our cities better

The majority of the UK’s population live in urban areas and both need and deserve a quality of place that enhances all aspects of their quality of life – environmental, social and economic. This session looks specifically at the environmental and physical elements in this equation, what are the priorities and how these might be delivered effectively.


Matthew Pencharz, Environment and Political Adviser to the Mayor of London, Greater London Authority
Chris Brown, Chief Executive, Igloo
Professor Peter Guthrie OBE, Professor of Engineering for Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge
Thurstan Crockett, Head of Sustainability and Environment Policy and Member of Brighton 10:10

16.30 – 17.30

New creative horizons – the materials and technologies of tomorrow

This session will take place in Mezzanine

Host: Ike Ijeh, Architectural Correspondent, Building Magazine

 New technologies and materials may be the key to designing lighter, stronger and more efficient buildings. Who are the leaders in materials exploration?  What is the design potential, as well as the design challenge, of building with less?


Chris Sherwin, Head of Sustainability, Seymour Powell
Dr Sascha Peters, CEO, Haute Innovation
Nick Grace, Head of Rapid Prototyping, Royal College of Art
Chris Wise, Partner, Expedition Engineering

Thursday 07 March

Making sustainable construction happen

10.45 – 12.00 

Is the NPPF delivering on its promise of ‘sustainable development’?

Hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Television Broadcaster

The NPPF one year on – how well is it working, where are the failures and what can be done about these?
Hosted by


Dr Hugh Ellis, Chief Planner, Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)
Brian Waters, Chairman, National Planning Forum and Vice Chair, NPF (Professions)
Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, Chairman, National Housing Federation
Liz Peace, Chief Executive, British Property Federation

11.00 – 12.00

The self-sufficient city – integrating food production into buildings

This session will take place in Platinum Suite 2

In recent years there has been increased interest in growing food in urban areas in allotments, on housing estates, streets, roundabouts, window boxes, balconies and green roofs. Now, beyond the window box and balcony, buildings are being designed to be more multi-functional including space for food growing. While it would be unrealistic to suggest that cities could become self-sufficient, will the satisfaction derived from growing food contribute to a more holistic urban environment?


Rosie Boycott, Chair, London Food Board
Michele Brunello, Partner, Stefano Boeri Architetti
Kath Dalmeny, Policy Director, Sustain
Gareth Roberts, Partner, Sturgis Carbon Profiling

12.30 – 13.30 

Integrated infrastructure approach

Host: Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Television Broadcaster

Investment in infrastructure is needed but it needs to deliver multiple benefits, including linking grey infrastructure more effectively with green. How do we rate the sustainability of infrastructure options and performance?


Peter Madden, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future
Neil Bennett, Partner, Farrells
Martin Powell, Global Head of Urban Development, Siemens
Phil Wilbraham, Director of Development, Heathrow

While I may not be able to make all of these excellent seminars, I will be looking for information on them.


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