Ecobuild announces build circular theatre – a dedicated stream for debate and leadership

Ecobuild has announced a new Build Circular theatre for its 2017 event, taking place 7-9 March at ExCeL London.

Complementing the show’s Redefining Sustainability campaign, the dedicated area will discuss how we respond to the challenges of designing sustainable environments and look at all the ingredients for success from policies to design, delivery and infrastructure.

The Build Circular theatre at Ecobuild will be host to an array of senior industry leaders, policy makers, academics, engineers, architects and scientists.  Together they will look to amplify practical and viable opportunities for transitioning to a resource efficient economy that reduces resource dependency and waste. Keynote speakers include: Professor Rob Holdway, Director at Giraffe Innovation and Brunel University School of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences; Laura Sandys, Chair of European Movement UK; Julia Barrett, Director of Sustainable Development at Willmott Dixon; Professor Margaret Bates, President CIWM – Chartered Institution of Wastes Management; and Mat Roberts, Group Director of Sustainability Strategy, Interserve PLC.

Day one, which is sponsored by BSI, will see representatives from leading circular-thinking businesses including: the Renewable Energy Association, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Interface, Arup, PWC and the Building Research Establishment take to the stage.

Sessions on this day will range from resource and renewables in a post-Brexit economy, to activating circular business models, addressing climate change and reviewing the Government’s latest reports around sustainability that encourages better resource productivity throughout the life cycle of the built environment. David Fatscher, Head of Market Development at BSI will also be leading a session on the new BS8001 framework; the world’s first business-orientated standard for implementing circular economy in organisations.

Day two will take a more collaborative approach to the circular discussion with several panels delving deeper into the role of the supply chain and the industry can bring products and materials into the process.This includes the issues that organisations need to consider to demonstrate genuine commitment to sustainable and ethical sourcing. Panellists throughout the day will include: Jane Thornback, Sustainability Policy Advisor Construction Products Association (CPA); Dr. Robert Schmidt III, BArch, MSc, PhD; Dr Shamir Ghumra and Andrea Charlson, Sustainable Materials Manager at High Speed Two (HS2).

Commenting on the Circular Economy theatre and importance of embracing a circular economy, Martin Hurn, Brand Director at Ecobuild, said: “For a long time now, the industry has been stuck in an ongoing linear cycle which is having damaging effects on the environment around us and the materials we have access to. In fact, the construction industry was responsible for 59 per cent of the overall 203 million tonnes of waste sent to landfill in 2014.

“Taking a more circular approach at every stage of the supply chain can go a way towards combatting this issue, however everybody must be on board for that to work. There is a real opportunity here to save costs and also make money from waste by discovering what value it could be to your own supply chain and also other companies in the sector.

“This is why we’ve introduced the Build Circular theatre  to the Ecobuild 2017 line up to compliment the Redefining Sustainability, Explore Offsite and District Energy streams to give those organisations implementing circular thinking a platform to discuss how it can be adopted across the entire industry.”

Discussing the opportunities the theatre brings to the construction industry, Prof. Rob Holdway, Director at Giraffe Innovation said “To reap the viable and proven rewards the circular economy can bring to the construction industry requires a collaborative approach throughout the supply chain. Key players including policy makers, academics, engineers, architects and scientists need to work together to transition to a resource efficient economy.

“By rethinking existing models and embracing emerging, innovative solutions for design, materials, technology, and policy, the construction industry can respond to the challenges of designing sustainable, affordable, adaptable, desirable environments and promote healthy lifestyles.”

To learn more about this stream and other activity at the show, visit: www.ecobuild.co.uk.