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Digital Building Week is back for 2023! This year things are running a little differently, with a programme of events across four content streams spanning all four days. Each event will feature leaders from the industry and beyond who are leading the way in digital construction.

Explore the streams and register for the free-to-attend sessions below, and keep up-to-date with our wider Digital Construction programme on Building, Building Design and Housing Today.
With thanks to our sponsors:

Stream #1: Advancing net zero

Monday 9 October

11.00am - noon

Maximising data for net zero in the built environment

As the world continues to address the pressing challenges of climate change, the built environment stands as a focal point for sustainable transformation. Given the built environment’s significant contribution to carbon emissions it is imperative that those developing, designing and delivering it use all levers to minimise this impact as much as possible.

This webinar aims to unravel the immense potential of leveraging data-driven strategies to drive impactful changes and usher in an era of net-zero buildings and cities.

In this session we will explore:

  1. Understanding the data landscape for net zero
  2. Data-driven energy efficiency strategies
  3. Lifecycle assessments and sustainable materials
  4. Smart cities and urban planning
  5. Overcoming challenges and ensuring data accuracy
  6. Case studies of successful data-driven net zero project
Chair: Chloe McCulloch
Editorial director
Assemble Media Group
Chiara Cozzolino
Associate director
tp bennett
Josh D’Addario
Principal consultant
Open Data Institute
Dan Scott
Chief data scientist

Monday 9 October

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Sponsored by:
Leveraging new technologies for net zero goals in the built environment

In the pursuit of a sustainable and net-zero future, technological advancements are emerging as crucial catalysts for transformative change within the built environment. From the application of existing technologies in new ways to innovative new advancements it is an area packed with potential.

Join us for an illuminating webinar that delves into the convergence of innovation and sustainability, exploring the ways in which cutting-edge technologies can propel us towards our net-zero objectives.

Topics to be explored in this webinar include:

  1. Tech-enabled energy efficiency solutions
  2. The role of AI in sustainable design
  3. Renewable energy and technological synergy
  4. BIM for sustainability
  5. Next-gen materials
  6. SMART buildings and sustainability
Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Olivia Burton
Senior development manager
London Land Group
Tomas Hollingsworth
Head of technology
Mark Postill
Decarbonomics director

Stream #2: Digital design and delivery

Tuesday 10 October

11.00am - 12.00pm

Sponsored by:
Unlocking the Future: Digital design and construction in support of the Future Homes Standard
As the construction and housing industries evolve to meet ever-increasing sustainability demands, understanding how digital technologies are revolutionizing the way we design and build homes has never been more critical.
The Future Homes Standard is a policy framework aimed at reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency, and raising the overall quality of new homes in the UK. Achieving these ambitious goals necessitates a paradigm shift in construction methods, and digital technologies are at the forefront of this transformation.
In this webinar, we will explore how cutting-edge digital tools and methodologies are helping meet and exceed the requirements of the Future Homes Standard.
Our expert panel will discuss:
  • BIM, the design process, collaboration, and sustainability assessments
  • Sustainable material selection
  • Energy performance simulation
  • Construction automation
  • Digital technologies and streamlining compliance
  • The use of digital tools to create greater collaboration in the design stage

Speakers include:
Chair: Hollie Tye
Specification editor
Assemble Media Group
Rory Bergin
Sustainability partner
HTA Design
Jimmy Close
Business development director,
residential EMEA

Tuesday 10 October

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Digital design for high-performance buildings
In today’s rapidly evolving architectural landscape, the pursuit of high-performance buildings is paramount. Sustainable, energy-efficient, and aesthetically pleasing structures are not just the future; they’re the present. To achieve these goals, architects and designers are harnessing the power of digital design tools and methodologies like never before.
This webinar is your gateway to understanding how cutting-edge digital technologies are transforming the way we envision, design, and construct buildings that push the boundaries of performance and sustainability.
Key highlights:
  • Digital design essentials
  • Sustainability through simulation
  • Performance-driven architecture
  • Material selection and lifecycle analysis
  • Future trends
Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Harry Bocking
Senior structural engineer
Webb Yates Engineers
Golnaz Ighany
Architect, sustainability director
Katie Rudin

Stream #3: Artificial intelligence and the built environment

Wednesday 11 October

11.00am - 11.30am

  • Exclusive: Martha Tsigkari, senior partner and head of the applied R+D group, Foster + Partners, Building the Future Commission Conference keynote
  • Martha is a senior partner and head of the applied R+D (ARD) group at Foster + Partners. Her background spans architecture, engineering, and computer science. She has two decades of experience working in projects of all scales and uses. Her work incorporates computational design, human-computer interaction, machine learning, and optimisation.
  • She has investigated the usage of deep neural networks and genetic algorithms in the design process, aiming to solve problems ranging from passively actuated micromaterials to performance-driven urban layouts. She is also an Associate Professor at the Bartlett, UCL and has lectured and published on the subject of computational design internationally.

Wednesday 11 October

2.00pm - 3.00pm

  • How will AI influence different parts of the construction supply chain?
  • As artificial intelligence (AI) technologies continue to make significant strides in the construction industry, it is crucial for professionals across all roles to understand the implications and opportunities that arise from this transformative revolution. As such it is imperative that those in the sector understand the profound impact of emerging AI technologies on various stakeholders within the construction ecosystem.
  • In this session our panel of experts will explore topics including:
  • 1. How AI is redefining traditional project management practices
  • 2. How AI empowers architects and engineers in their design process
  • 3. How AI is revolutionising construction operations and enhancing on-site productivity
  • 4. How AI is augmenting skilled trades in the construction industry
  • 5. How AI in transforming building maintenance and facility management practices
  • They will also address concerns related to job displacement, the need for upskilling, and the ethical use of AI technologies in construction.

Speakers include:
Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Ana Matic
Director of digital development
Scott Brownrigg
Noam Naveh
Mar Zumaquero
Global innovation director

Stream #4: Digital support and building safety

Thursday 12 October

11.00am - 12.00pm

Navigating Building Safety Act compliance through digital delivery

In the wake of the Building Safety Act, the construction industry faces a pivotal moment that demands a paradigm shift in safety standards and regulatory adherence. 

This webinar is designed to unravel the transformative potential of digital strategies in effectively delivering and meeting the requirements of the Building Safety Act. It will shed light on how digital tools and methodologies can streamline compliance efforts, enhance transparency, and ultimately ensure safer built environments.

This webinar is set to explore topics such as:

  1. The power of digital in the context of the Building Safety Act
  2. Transitioning from paper-based Documentation to digitalisation
  3. Navigating the ‘golden thread’
  4. Case Studies: Successful digitised compliance
Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Jan Stephens
BIM manager
The Hill Group
René van Zwijndrecht
Head of digital delivery
Radcliffes Construction Consultants

Thursday 12 October

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Untangling the digital path to achieve the golden thread in construction

Given the government’s recent clarification that “golden thread” information does not have to be stored on one system, unlocking its potential and making sure it is delivered smoothly has never been more significant for construction. 

Join this session to explore how cutting-edge digital tools can seamlessly weave together information, transparency, and accountability across the entire construction lifecycle. This webinar will dive into the transformative power of digitisation in achieving the golden thread and revolutionising the way we approach construction.

Webinar highlights include:

  1. Decoding the golden thread
  2. Digital tools and the golden thread
  3. Bridging the gap from design to operation
  4. Breaking data silos
  5. Ensuring compliance and accountability
Chair: Chloe McCulloch
Editorial director
Assemble Media Group
Kevin McKeown
Divisional director, fire safety
Melanie Robinson
Ryder Architecture
Brent Rees
Head of digital engineering
Ridge and Partners