Ecobuild announces Build Circular theatre

  • 15 Feb 2017

Ecobuild has announced a new Build Circular theatre for its 2017 event with senior industry leaders, policy makers, academics, engineers, architects and scientists to making the line-up of speakers and panel debates. Practical and viable opportunities will be amplified by the event for transitioning to a resource efficient economy.

The dedicated era will look at all the ingredients for success from policies to design, delivery and infrastructure and discuss how we respond to the challenges of designing sustainable environments, complementing the show’s Redefining Sustainability campaign.

An array of senior industry leaders, policy makers, academics, engineers, architects and scientists will be hosted by the Build Circular theatre at Ecobuild. They will look to amplify practical and viable opportunities for transitioning to a resource efficient economy that reduces resource dependency and waste.

Director at Giraffe Innovation and Brunel University School of Engineering, Professor Rob Holdway and Director of Sustainable Development at Willmott Dixon, Julia Barrett are just some a couple of the keynote speakers involved.

Representatives from leading circular-thinking businesses such as the Renewable Energy Association and Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, will feature on day one.

Various topics will be covered in the day’s sessions, from resource and renewables in a post-Brexit economy, to activating circular business models, addressing climate change and reviewing the Government’s latest reports around sustainability that encourages better resource productivity throughout the life cycle of the built environment.

Head of Market Development at BSI, David Fatscher will also be leading a session on the world’s first business-orientated standard for implementing circular economy organisations, the new BS8001 framework.

Day two on the circular discussion will take a more collaborative approach, with several panels delving deeper into the role of the supply chain and the industry can bring products and materials into the process. 

This will include issues that organisations need to consider to demonstrate genuine commitment to sustainable and ethical sourcing. The day’s panellists will include the likes of Jane Thornback, Sustainability Policy Advisor Construction Products Association (CPA); Dr. Robert Schmidt III, BArch, MScm PhD; Dr Shamir Ghumra and Andrea Charlson, Sustainable Materials Manager at High Speed Two (HS2).

Ecobuild’s Brand Director, Martin Hurn commented on the Circular Economy theatre and importance of embracing a circular economy, “taking a more circular approach at every stage of the supply chain can go a way towards combatting damaging effects on the environment, however everybody must be on board for that to work.”

There is a real opportunity to save costs and make money from waste by discovering what value it could be to your own supply chain and also other companies in the sector, he adds. Therefore the Build Circular theatre will give those organisations implementing circular thinning a platform to discuss how it can be adopted across the entire industry.

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