Sustainable futures and the built environment

28 February 2022 / 15:11

At Feasibility, and across the UK construction industry, sustainability remains the highest priority in delivering for our future.

This week, Futurebuild 2022 is taking place at ExCel London. Formerly known as Ecobuild, the exhibition is back across 1-3 March, with around 20,000 men and women from our beloved industry attending to showcase the most innovative technology, products and services from the built environment.

Futurebuild states that its mission is to “cultivate cross sector collaboration to inspire the transformational change needed to propel the construction industry to the ambitious goal of achieving net-zero.”

With “influential thought leaders and pioneering thinkers taking to the stage to address the industry’s most relevant issues” we wanted to take a look at the upcoming event and some of the areas of focus that have caught our attention.

There are a wide variety of talks at Futurebuild, with some key note programme events that have drawn our attention, including ‘Volumetric Manufactured Buildings: the modern method of offsite construction with a forward-thinking approach’. This will be Chaired by Richard Hipkiss, Development Director of the Modular and Portable Building Association, and will cover how the construction chain can be improved through VMB.

Another key note is Net Zero & Healthy Buildings: Balancing climate change and well-being, a very interesting blend of two areas that are very close to our hearts here at Feasibility, and something we strive to deliver with our clients and partners at every turn.

Speaking of Net Zero, the overall focus of Futurebuild is of course sustainability and the environment, with a wealth of activity focussing on climate change and how the industry needs to continue evolving to meet the challenges ahead.

‘Planning in response to the climate and ecological emergency’ is part of the key note programme on day two, looking at how local authorities should approach planning and create a system that ensures biodiversity and environmental net gain. The relationship between developers and the entire supply chain with local councils and communities is going to be pivotal in the decades to come.

We’re a passionately climate conscious company at Feasibility and we understand the importance of decarbonisation. We’re heavily involved in forming ‘Net Zero Carbon in Construction’ policies with our client base and we attach ourselves to developments that seek to surpass expectations when it comes to sustainable methods and materials.

One innovation highlighted by Futurebuild is Hempro, an idea which uses a mix of hemp, chalk and water to create and carbon-free and natural form of insulation. This is both affordable and sustainable, makes it a technology to keep an eye on in the future.

Speaking of materials, steel is also an interesting area of focus, and the talk ‘Showcasing Innovative Steel Solutions – The optimum non-combustible offsite solution’ will cover light steel usage and innovation across all sectors. The description states that the session will “take an in-depth look at pioneering projects presented by those who conceived and developed the buildings that are gaining national attention.”

As a company that deals with many different developments and provides a range of services to our clients, there’s an impressive scope of conversation to be enjoyed, engaged with and taken forward into the long-term at Futurebuild and we’ll be eagerly monitoring what the event inspires.

Are you going to Futurebuild? We’d love to hear what you thought.