The construction industry’s green leaders open CPD-accredited virtual conference

The focus turns to greening existing building stock on the second day of the live Sustainability Now virtual event.

John Gummer kicks of proceedings with a session on sustainability in the the City of London, which is followed by a discussion on minimising risk and maximising ROI on retrofitting.

The two-day online conference looks at how industry is overcoming barriers to low carbon building and features live debates and an exhibition highlighting everything from Passivhaus to sustainable piling.

The event is partnering with construction industry homelessness charity CRASH and 25p will be donated to the charity for every attendee who visits over the two live days.

Visit the Sustainability Now web site to register and read today’s programme below. Yesterday’s sessions are also available to review on the site.

Conference programme


19th May 2011 - Day 2

09:30 Sustainability and The City

Chair: Conrad  Young, Director, 2 degrees

The Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Former Environment Secretary

Professor Yvonne Rydin, Director of UCL Environment Institute, University College London

Steve Barker, Head of Energy Efficiency and Environmental Care, Siemens Plc


10:30 Reducing the Risk and Maximising the value of Retrofit ROI

Chair: Emily Wright, Features Editor, Building

Ben Ross, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future

John Connaughton, Director, Davis Langdon

Kye Gbangbola, Director, Total eco Management Limited


12:00 Refurbishing Britain - Zero Tolerance for Old Buildings? Balancing the Books Between Regulation, New Build and Refurbishment

Chair: John Alker, Director of Policy and Communications, UK-Green Building Council

Jon Bright, Director of Building Regulations and Climate Change, DCLG 


13:00 Engaging with all stakeholders to reduce the environmental impact of real estate investments

Chair: Katharine Deas, Managing Director, Low Carbon Workplace Ltd

Keith Bugden, Programme Director from Better Building Partnerships

Miles Keeping, Director, Head of Sustainability, GVA

Justin Snoxall, Head of Corporate Responsibility Business Group, British Land


14:00 Future proofing your property portfolio against climate change risks

Chair: Sara Turnbull, Sustainability Integrator, Arup Associates

Mitch Cooke, Partner, Environmental Perspectives,

Beulah Keane, Sustainable Construction Project Manager, Marks and Spencer

Katharine Deas, Managing Director, Low Carbon Workplace Ltd

Simon Cox, Vice President of Project Management Team, ProLogis


15:00 Sustainable Architecture & Design

Chair: Amanda Birch, Technical Editor, Building Design

Robin Nicholson, Senior Partner, Edward Cullinan Architect

Michael Bevan, Leader in Global Building Modelling, Arup

Fran Bradshaw, Architects, Anne Thorne Architects


16:00  Evaluating the True Value of Sustainability for Occupiers and Investors

Chair: Richard Heap, assistant editor (professional), Property Week

Tatiana Bosteels, Head of Responsible Property Investment, Hermes

Jon Lovell, Director, Head of Sustainability, Drivers Jonas Deloitt,

Nicholas Ridley, Managing Director, NCReal Estate Consulting Limited and LessEn Mentor