Sustainable Innovation


Sustainable Innovation and Design (SID):
South-East Roadshow (2007)

Sustainable Innovation: Building & Construction Technologies
28th March 2007
Knowledge Dock
University of East London
Docklands Campus

Organised by: The Centre for Sustainable Design (

Sponsored by: South-East England Development Agency (SEEDA) (

Building and construction are in the front-line of the climate change debate - with the sector contributing over 40% of greenhouse gas emissions and producing major impacts from 'cradle to grave'. Buildings and homes are major zones of energy consumption: in daily operation as artificial environments for human life (e.g. heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, etc) and in relation to daily home or work tasks which use electrical appliances (e.g. washing machines, boilers, televisions, computers, etc).

To reduce carbon dioxide emissions will require behavioural change, innovative low carbon solutions and importantly, new thinking. The Stern Review on 'The Economics of Climate Change' (see recently highlighted that increased investment in R&D and innovation in building technologies could have a profound impact on the emissions attributed to buildings and increase climate resilience.
The UK building and construction sector also faces a range of other new drivers including:

* Launch of the Code for Sustainable Homes
* New homes to be zero carbon by 2016
* Green leadership by major retailers e.g. M&S and Tesco

Each of these initiatives are likely to have significant implications for future building technologies.

On a broader scale, the UK Sustainable Development Strategy (see launched in 2005 highlighted the importance of the climate change, resource productivity, sustainable communities, and new patterns of sustainable consumption and production (see including the key role of products, design and innovation. This coupled to growing interest in the potential role for government in driving innovation through Sustainable Public Procurement (see means that creating, designing and developing technologies, products and services with lower material and energy consumption will be of increasing importance in the building and construction sectors.

Benefits to delegates will include:
* Leading-edge thinking: speakers will present emerging global trends, new research and 'state the of art' developments
* New ideas: presentations will highlight potential business opportunities
* Networking: the event will bring together decision-makers and specifers from the public and private sectors


Chairman: Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts

1.00 Registration

1.30 Sustainable Innovation: Past, Present, Future
Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts

2.10 Future Sustainable Technologies
Pat Stoneham, Business Sector Leader - Environmental Technologies, Knowledge East

2.50 Networking and coffee

3.20 New Business Models
Bob Knowles/Richard Grey, The Research Exchange Ltd

4.00 Case study
Ben Humphries, Architype

4.40 Discussion

5.10 Networking and drinks

6.00 Close

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