• 30 September 2022

From old to gold: How to sustainably transform existing UK buildings

Cutting construction schemes’ embodied carbon is now increasingly dominating our industry’s agenda, and this has seen a rise in the popularity of refurbishments over new-builds due to their inherent carbon reduction potential.

In direct correlation with this trend, the circular economy is emerging as a key metric in the design process. But what’s the best way to harness this to maximise the environmental benefits of using repurposed materials, and how do we bring our existing building stock up to date to deliver healthy, green, safe buildings? Moderated by Cavendish Advocacy’s Verity Barr, a panel of industry experts will be tackling just these tricky topics in an upcoming Bisnow panel debate.

Forming part of the Building for A Sustainable Future event on Thursday 13 October which is being held at The Rowe in London’s Whitechapel, Verity will be joined for the 12:40pm session by Waterman’s Dr Ankit Singh, Aurélien Collignon of FORE, Frasers Property’s James Smith, Jacob Loftus of General Projects, tp bennett’s Chris Webb and Rod Stiles of BAM Construction.


Top row, L-R: Verity Barr, Dr Ankit Singh, James Smith, Rod Stiles. Bottom row, L-R: Chris Webb, Aurélien Collignon, Jacob Loftus.

With broad cross-industry expertise spanning design, development, investment and construction, the panellists will shed-light on how to efficiently retrofit our existing building stock and equip them with the longevity and flexibility they need to stand the test of time. They’ll discuss the current and emerging routes for validating Net Zero in refurbishments, and outline the new skillsets and methodologies needed to inform decision makers and strategies right from the outset.

With an eye on return on investment in these financially volatile times, our experts will pinpoint the most cost-effective strategies to achieve the highest carbon savings. The influence of finance, ESG and other market drivers will also be considered, and the panel will highlight why the reduced carbon footprint of retrofitted buildings plays such an important role in the occupier selection process.

Maximising the application of circular economy principles across all developments will also be a key theme, and the panel will introduce Waterman’s new digital Materials Passports initiative which is helping YardNine and BauMont Real Estate Capital’s sustainability focused Edenica scheme champion circularity.

For tickets, to view the speaker line-up, and to find out more about Bisnow’s Building for a Sustainable Future event, click here.

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