Future Footprints Seminar

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Future Footprints
Building Products in a Resource Efficient World

26th November 2013
Conference Suite, Level 3, The Lighthouse, Glasgow. G1 3NU

The construction sector is the most significant consumer of the world’s natural resources. Pressures of cost, availability and environmental impact on these resources is intensifying, and we will need to get ‘more from less’ if we are going to meet future construction needs. This seminar proposes that the industry will need to move away from commodified generic materials to a value added model, which encourages and rewards innovation and intelligent design for both resource efficiency and building performance. Currently there is a paucity of tools that encourage a resource efficient approach for the building frame. What tools should we be using? Will BIM support this? How can different resource groups and designers respond to this?

Addressing these issues our speakers will review

  • What are the resource limits; UK and global outlook?
  • What will the future balance of materials look like?
  • Volume
  • Value
  • Appropriate use
  • What re-use options are available or likely to develop?
  • Social and ethical considerations
  • How can resource efficiency be measured and best practice encouraged?
  • How will BIM and other tools help to encourage appropriate choice?
  • Examples of current best practice

A significant debate will follow the formal presentations.

This seminar will appeal to
Construction product manufacturers and suppliers; Consultants – RICS, RIAS, RIBA and engineers; Decision makers – including clients, planners, architects, contractors and specifiers Local government and policy makers.

To register or for information please contact Roger Southcott, roger@asbp.org.uk – 020 7704 3501

Delegate Fee: £40 +VAT for members of ASBP, NEES, The Concrete Society or SEDA, £70 +VAT for non-members.

This event is inspired by Architecture and Design Scotland’s MATERIAL CONSIDERATIONS: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials at The Lighthouse in Glasgow and the work of the Alliance of Sustainable Building Products. It is part of a seminar programme that has been designed to complement the exhibition CAST: Innovations in Concrete, which A&DS has curated in association with the Concrete Society and ESALA.

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