Sustainable Building Cymru, October 24th 2017

Sustainable Building Cymru, October 24th 2017, Cardiff

Sustainable Building


Sustainable Building Cymru 2017, Creating Homes and Communities for the Future

24th October 2017, Cardiff and Vale College

Sustainability is a crucial factor within the modern construction process and the creation of new homes and communities as we as 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 over the coming years, improvements in this area can have a dramatic impact on social and environmental objectives. This has also driven the demand for the new communities and the thousands of new homes, including the Welsh Government’s plans for 20,000 new homes in the social housing sector, which are to be produced to be done so to a higher standard with contractors expected to add social, economic and environmental value and sustainability.

This conference will consider the incorporation of sustainable principles within the construction processes of new buildings and the retrofitting of existing stock, from changes in public policy to the evolution and innovation in design, the development of new materials, the creation of jobs and apprenticeships within these new communities. The event will bring together thought leaders from across Wales 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 present a unique forum for knowledge exchange, open discussion and cross-sector engagement.


A copy of the agenda for the event follows below and will be updated regularly, click on the session headings for more information. If you have any queries, please contact us via

9:20 Introduction from the Chair and opening address

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

  • Sustainable communities and place making; the role of planning – Mark Farrar, RTPI Wales
  • Retrofitting lives; helping people ‘do the right thing’ at home – Prof. Christopher Tweed, University of Cardiff
  • Sustainable Residences for Wales – Andy Sutton, BRE Wales
  • Q&A

11:50 Break and networking

12:20 Session 2: New technologies and innovations for sustainable building and the supply chain

  • Innovation in sustainable communities and place making – Emma Thomas, Constructing Excellence Wales
  • Insulation in Sustainable Buildings – Steve Bryant, Andrew Watkins and Daniel Jenkins, Kingspan
  • Creating skills for the future – Gerald Naylor, Construction Wales Innovation Centre
  • Turning Wales into a high value timber nation; a Powys case study – Gary Newman, Wood Knowledge Wales
  • Q&A

13:40 Lunch and networking

15:00 Close