Sustainable Building 2019 – April 25th 2019, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Sustainable Building 2019

Materials, technologies and skills for the future

April 25th 2019, The Lighthouse, Glasgow


Sustainability is a crucial factor within the modern construction process, in the creation of new homes, public buildings, commercial property, 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 activity within the Scottish construction sector at the moment and over the coming years, with sizeable public and private investment in private homes, commercial buildings, public buildings and spaces, affordable housing 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 expectation for these to be delivered to a high standard with contractors expected to add social, economic and environmental value.

This conference will 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 to future proof the workforce.

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 other thought leaders, potential partners, new clients and new suppliers.

A copy of the agenda for the event follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event please contact us via

Event Agenda

9:20 Opening remarks from the Chair – Lori McElroy, Director – Building Energy, Performance and Research, BRE Scotland

9:30 Session 1 – Design and Implementation

  • Taking a personal stance on sustainable building – Robin Webster, President, RIAS
  • The role of Sustainable building and buildings in climate change, carbon accounting and sustainable development – George Tarvit, Director, Sustainable Scotland Network
  • Sustainable building design – Prof Branka Dimitrijevic, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde
  • Digital solutions for project safety – Prof Billy Hare, Deputy Director of the BEAM Research Centre and Professor in Construction Management, Glasgow Caledonian University 
  • Q&A

11:00 Break for networking and refreshments

11:15 Session 2 – Materials, skills and impacts

  • Material considerations  Laura Hainey, Senior Architect, Architecture and Design Scotland
  • Off-site timber construction – Prof Robert Hairstans, Head of the Centre of Offsite Construction and Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Insulation and innovation  Adam Hussain, Kooltherm Manager – Scotland, Kingspan
  • Skills for  a future proof workforce – Phil Ford, Skills Planning Lead, Skills Development Scotland
  • 12:45 Closing remarks from the chair

12:55 Lunch and networking

14:00 Close

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

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