The Stern Review on 'The Economics of Climate Change' highlighted that increased investment in R&D and innovation in building technologies could have a profound impact on emissions reduction and increase climate resilience. Building and construction are in the front-line of the sustainability debate - with the sector contributing over 40% of greenhouse gas emissions with major resource impacts from 'cradle to grave'. To reduce carbon dioxide emissions and materials consumption will require behavioural change, innovative low carbon and resource efficient solutions and importantly, new thinking. New solutions are urgently required for both new build and retrofit but are these solutions available in the UK?

The speakers in the morning will discuss these and other questions bringing a range of experience from intimate involvement in the practicalities of sustainable buildings and the development and use of new and existing technologies. An OpenGreen workshop will be organised in the afternoon.  OpenGreen is an open innovation process aimed at identifying new income generating opportunities for more sustainable products, services and product-services.

Target audiences

This FREE workshop is aimed at companies with less than 250 employees based in the South East of England that produce low carbon, resource and water efficient products/ technologies. Those that may be especially interested include: CEOs, Managing Directors, Development Directors, Marketing Directors, Innovation Directors, Inventors and Consultants.

Benefits of attending


Introduction & Global Trends
Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design @ UCA
Green Deal and Product Implications
Steve Charter, Director, SC2
Sustainable Building Products
Alex Hunt & David Porter, Directors, The Green Building Partnership
Case Study: Crawley 'Retrofit for the Future' Project
Mark Elton, Head of Sustainable Design, ECD Architects
Speed Networking & Coffee/Tea
Key Issues in Eco-innovation
Funding 1 - Tim Woolman, Coordinator, The Centre for Sustainable Design @ UCA
Intellectual Property - David Hopkins, Outreach Manager , Intellectual Property Office
Marketing - Paul Whitehead, Director, Western PR
OpenGreen Creative Process
10 Lessons for Eco-Innovators & Concluding Remarks
Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design @ UCA

Fees & Registration

There is no charge for this event. Please download the Registration Form

Map & Directions

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SUSCIN Project


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Our Funders

SUSCIN has been funded by South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the South East ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013.

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The Centre for Sustainable Design ® is an initiative of the University for the Creative Arts

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