Sustainable Innovation 07
Global Building and Construction: Systems, Technologies, Products and Services

Towards Sustainable
Product Design 12
12th International Conference
29th - 30th October 2007
Farnham Castle International Breifing and
Conference Centre, Farnham, Surrey, UK



Organised by:
The Centre for Sustainable Design

Supported by:
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Constructing Excellence in the Built Environment
O2 Global Network
The Association of Building Engineers

Globally the building and construction sector has a major 'environmental footprint', contributing over 40% of greenhouse gas emissions and generating high volumes of waste. Major projects such as the Olympics in Beijing (2008) and London (2012), the Thames Gateway in the UK and Dongtan Eco-city in China provide major opportunities to start to show a new way and integrate sustainability thinking from a systems level right through to ground-level. For example, recent research has indicated that three product groups cause 70% to 80% of total environmental impacts in cities and broader society:

* The home, and related energy use: buildings, heating, cooling and other energy using appliances

* Mobility: automobile and air transport

* Food: meat and dairy, followed by other types of food

Recognising this and designing-in sustainable consumption and production systems into new urban environments as first principles will substanially reduce negative impacts. New initiatives, creativity and a better focus will drive new innovations through the supply chain and mean that new technologies, products and services will be demanded with substanially better environmental and social performance. Should change be radical, incremental or a combination? Whatever, the scenario the development, commercialisation and integration of new solutions will be a major opportunity and challenge for designers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Sustainable Innovation 07 will provide a platform to discuss 'state of the thinking' in sustainable innovation, technology, product and service design and development. It will highlight best practice and provide a range of case studies and examples. Sustainable Innovation 07 will include invited and refereed papers covering sustainable innovation from academics, consultants, designers, sustainability, environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) managers as well as other business functions. The event will be a unique learning experience and networking opportunity.

Delegates will come globally from large companies, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized (SMEs), as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The conference is supported by a leading-edge international Advisory Board.

Conference topics

Sustainable Innovation 07 provides a platform for a variety of high quality conceptual and research-based papers covering sustainable innovation, technology, product and service design and development particularly in the building and construction sectors.

* Sustainable Consumption & Production
* Market transformation
* Product policy
* Sustainable public procurement
* New business models
* Collaborations and partnerships
* Radical vs incremental change
* Innovation processes
* Supply chain management
* Product-service-systems ( PSS )
* Education and training
* Tools and techniques
* Management systems
* Organisational dimensions
* Performance measurement and metrics
* Newly industrialised and 'developing' country perspectives
* Case studies

Benefits to delegates
* Unique: forum for new ideas and concepts
* Leading-edge: presentations from key international researchers, practioners and policy-makers
* Research: access to new results and thinking
* Networking: opportunities to meet business, government and academia
* Track-record: over 1200 delegates from 35 countries have attended previous 'Towards Sustainable Product Design' conferences

Technical Tour
A tour will be organised of Woking Borough Council's leading-edge renewable energy applications. This tour will take place on the 31st October and will cost £20.00. Please download the attached booklet for background information.
More information

Conference Fees
Below is the information on conference fees.

  • Business/Consultants/Government.
    • Day 1 or 2: £200.00
    • Both Days: £400.00
  • Academic/NGOs
    • Day 1or 2: £150.00
    • Both Days: £300.00
  • Speakers: 'refereed papers'
    • Day 1or 2: £125.00
    • Both Days: £250.00
  • Masters/Graduate students
    • Day 1: £100.00
    • Day 2: £100.00 
    • Both Days: £200.00
  • Conference Dinner
    • £25.00
  • Exhibition Space
    • £500.00
  • Technical Tour
    • £20.00

Key information for visitors requiring visas for UK entry
There have been various recent changes in the visa application process that may make the process take longer than in the past. Please start your application process entry

More information:

Visa costs:

How to apply, documents needed and application forms:

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pply for your visa online:

Carbon Offset
The Centre suggests that you offset the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of your travel to Farnham. You may decide to calculate the impact of your journey and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere by the same amount your travel adds. Some websites relating to GHG emissions and travel that you may find useful are listed below:

Submission details
Conference papers: please email, fax or post 500 words describing your proposed paper by 31 March 2007. The paper will then be sent to the Advisory Board for evaluation and authors will be given feedback by the end of April 2007. The highest rated papers will be invited to present at the conference.

Contributor Guidelines downloadable word doc
Contributor Guidelines - Paper example downloadable word doc

Farnham Castle International Briefing and Conference Centre


For more information on Sustainable Innovation 07 please contact:
Martin Charter
The Centre for Sustainable Design
University for the Creative Arts at Farnham
Falkner Road
Tel: + 44 (0) 1252 892772
Fax: + 44 (0) 1252 892747

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