Aberdeen’s Construction and Property Conference, Build It, took place from 17th to 20th November 2020 in a new digital format. The conference brought together a variety of industry experts, academics and civil servants to discuss key issues affecting the construction industry and share learning. A&DS contributed on the final day, with a focus on sustainable building practices.
The first day of the conference focused on the digitalisation in construction. The speakers showcased how digital technologies can contribute in the creation of more efficient workflows, the reduction of waste and carbon emissions, the enhancement of health and safety on site and the evolution of remote working.
The theme of the second day was sustainable construction. Presentations included social housing that meets Passivhaus standards to help tackle fuel poverty, the retrofit of existing buildings to achieve net-zero targets and advancements in renewable technologies.
Day 3 revolved around post-pandemic planning and the lessons learned through the current Covid-19 crisis. The speakers discussed the future of healthcare environments, the adaptation of city centres to comply with public health guidance and the changes in the workplace due to remote working.
The final day of the conference was also dedicated to sustainability. The presentations highlighted the impact of community engagement in sustainable building practices and the importance of building for reuse and disassembly.
At “Build it” 2020, A&DS talked about promising materials in development in Scotland, as well as the current research on sustainable materials, processes and building techniques. We also presented our work on the Materials Library: a free tool for building professionals, self-builders and students interested in finding sustainable alternatives to conventional building products.
(Updated November 2020)