Sustainable Building 2017, 6th September 2017

Sustainable Building 2017, September 6th 2017, Saracen House, Glasgow

Sustainable Building

Sustainable Building 2017
creating homes and communities for the future
September 6th 2017, Saracen House, Glasgow

Sustainability is a crucial factor within the modern construction process as well as in the creation of new homes, new communities and the infrastructure that serves them. This reflects a wider cultural prioritisation of low carbon, environmentally responsible credentials. Given the size and scale of construction activity within the housing and social housing sectors at the moment and over the coming years, with the Scottish Government announcing £1.75bn of investment in affordable and social housing, improvements and innovations within this sector can have a dramatic impact on social and environmental objectives. These new developments will also drive demand for the creation of communities, as opposed to simply housing, with the homes promised being delivered expected to a high standard with contractors expected to add social, economic and environmental value and sustainable from these high quality, safe and secure homes.

 This conference will not only consider the incorporation of sustainable principles within the process of new buildings and the retrofitting of existing stock, changes in public policy, the evolution and innovation of design, the development of new materials, the creation of jobs and apprenticeships within these new communities; it will also examine the progress made towards reaching Scotland’s ambitious housing targets.

Following on from last year’s conference, this event will bring together thought leaders from across Scotland and beyond to discuss the modernisation of construction practices  and explore how innovative solutions can be used to improve sustainability and deliver lasting value. The conference will also represent a unique forum for knowledge exchange, open discussion and cross-sector engagement while presenting an opportunity for delegates to engage with new buyers and suppliers.

Event Agenda

9:20 Opening address from the Chair

9:30 Session 1: Strategies for New and Existing Communities

Current Progress, Housing Targets and Upcoming developments – Hew Edgar, RICS Scotland

Creating homes, not just houses – Petra Biberbach, PAS

Town Centre Living – Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Collaboration and engagement for safer buildings and communities – Margaret Fraser, ng homes and Scottish Fire and Safety Service representative


11:00 Break

11:15 Session 2: New technologies and innovations for sustainable building

Innovation in sustainable communities and place making – Craig McLaren, RTPI Scotland

Design and innovation case study – Diarmaid Lawlor, A+DS

Domestic ventilation; lets open the can of worms – Stefan Huber, Director, Paul Heat Recovery

Building technology case study – David Stillie and Fraser Purdie, Kingspan Insulation


12:45 Lunch

13:45 Session 3: Creating environmental, social and economic sustainability through the supply chain

Are we achieving our environmental and social KPIs – Rufus Logan, BRE Scotland

Construction industry sustainability and supply chain case study – Gordon Hunter, Hub South West

Private sector social and environmental case study – Kirsty Webster, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd


15:15 Closing remarks from The Chair

15:30 Close


This agenda will be updated regularly as new speakers, sponsors and partners are confirmed.

Registration for this event is open and there are a limited number of discounted ‘early bird’ places available which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.