Wednesday 17th November

Thursday 18th November

Join us for two days of live webinars, panel discussions and exclusive thought leadership as we hear from the experts leading the agenda. 

We’ll have all of the latest reactions after the COP ’26 conference as we look to the future to achieve our Net Zero ambitions.

Wednesday 17th November

9.15 - 9.30am

Keynote to be announced. 

9.30 - 10.30am

Construction Leadership Council 

11.30 - 12.30pm

How do we decarbonise our existing stock?

As we work towards the UK’s targets of achieving Net Zero, the biggest difficulty faced is that of decarbonising our existing stock: this means not only reducing emissions from the embodied carbon in their structures, material and technologies, but importantly in the way in which the buildings are used.  

There are many solutions available in helping us to achieve this; through retrofitting our existing building and introducing more energy-efficient solutions for heating.  

Join our panel as we talk through how we can decarbonise our existing stock, and what it will take.  

1.30 - 2.30pm

How can the built environment move away from carbon offsetting in the pursuit of net zero? 

Sponsored by IES 

The built environment sector is on the frontline of the sustainability challenges we face as the world works toward net zero. Around 40% of all carbon emissions are derived from the buildings in which we work and live – two thirds of this is from building operations and third is in either construction or embedded in materials. 

New research undertaken by IES has also revealed that the built environment sector wants to see stronger policy leadership to deliver net zero and, perhaps most significantly, that too much emphasis is placed on carbon offsetting. 

But how will we get to a net zero future without offsetting? How will different disciplines work together and what will the main drivers of change be in the coming years and decades? What role will digital technology play and how can we continue to develop buildings which are both functional and beautiful as materials, requirements and building use changes? 

3.00 - 4.00

Fenwick Elliott Masterclass in Contracting for Net Zero

Everyone in the construction industry today face an increasing range of sustainability and climate change targets and obligations. Join Fenwick Elliott for a practical,  in-depth review of what parties need to consider when contracting for NetZero.  With a specific focus on standard form contracts, the discussion will review how contractual obligations, legislation, policy and technology are essential for successful project outcomes.

 

Speakers:  

Jeremy Glover, Partner

Dr Stacy Sinclair, Partner

Mark Pantry, Senior Associate




Thursday 18th November

9.30 - 10.30am

A session with Kingspan

As part of the worldwide effort to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the UK is now legally committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The heat used in buildings and industry alone accounts for 32% of our total greenhouse gas emissions and many fall short of the energy efficiency levels achieved in the rest of Europe. For this reason, delivering net zero carbon buildings, and raising the energy performance of our existing stock, are key priorities. But what does this mean in practice?

In this talk, Rita Singh – Head of UK Public Affairs at Kingspan Insulation – will help to define the key characteristics of a net zero carbon building and the current legislative road map to delivering these. This includes a look at key changes to the energy efficiency requirements in the Building Regulations (due to come into force in 2022), a discussion of what can be done to close the ‘performance gap’ between the designed and actual energy performance of our buildings and a review of what measures are anticipated to upgrade our existing building stock. 

Speaker:

Rita Singh,
Divisional Sustainability Leader,
Kingspan Insulation

 

11.30 - 12.30pm

The Heat and Buildings Strategy: Reflections on the policy

Construction finally knows what the government’s plans are for decarbonising the UK’s buildings on the path to net zero. The heat and buildings strategy has been published, more than eight months after it was originally promised. But industry groups have criticised the delayed strategy for not going far enough in providing financial incentives for people to switch to green energy to heat their homes and buildings.Join our panel as they discuss:

  • What does this mean for the industry, and how can we achieve it?
  • What changes need to be made?
  • What will it mean for new buildings and existing stock?
  • Does the policy need to go further?

2.00 - 3.00pm

A session with Daikin