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#16 Hemp Revolution

#16 Hemp Revolution

November 10, 2022

In this episode of FutureX, Martin and Oliver speak to sustainable pioneer Professor Tom Woolley. Tom has always had a passion for tackling environmental issues after doing a lot of work with community groups. 

In the 90’s he produced the “Green Building Handbook” which originally had funding from the Department of the Environment. Feeling later that the Green Building Handbook was a little negative in terms of its critique of conventional materials, he set about researching natural building materials and produced many other books such as; Natural Building: A Guide to Materials and Techniques, Hemp Lime Construction, as well as his latest book; Low Impact Building: Housing using Renewable Materials. 

Listen to hear all about Tom’s journey through sustainable construction and learn about healthy and natural building materials such as hempcrete and the benefits of these materials.

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#15 Built by Nature

#15 Built by Nature

October 19, 2022

In this episode of FutureX, Martin Hurn and Oliver Jones speak to Joe Giddings from Built by Nature, a true pioneer in the nature-based solutions space. 

Built by Nature is a network and grant-making fund dedicated to accelerating the timber building transformation in Europe: radically reducing embodied carbon; safely storing carbon in our buildings for generations; and sequestering carbon by championing forest stewardship and regeneration.

Listen to the conversation to hear Joe’s incredible journey through sustainable construction. From studying architecture, practicing architecture and co-founding architect activist group; the Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN). Joe’s work at ACAN led him to his role of UK Networks Lead at Built by Nature and also teaching a programme on the theme of bio-based materials, back where he studied at Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture.

Joe talks through the amazing work happening in the nature-based solutions space as well as the challenges around fire safety and combustibility.

 

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#14 Space Age Insulation

#14 Space Age Insulation

September 29, 2022

This week your hosts Martin Hurn and Oliver Jones speak to Sam Cryer from Thermulon, finalist of Futurebuild’s Big Innovation Pitch and developers of the game-changing aerogel for building insulation.
 
40% of UK's emissions come from buildings and their operation. Thermulon's materials can help minimize the carbon footprint of our built environment. Aerogels are the most insulating materials known to man, Thermulon's aerogels are highly-insulating, fire-safe and cost-effective. Listen here to find out more.
 

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#13 Net Zero Guilt Free Concrete?

#13 Net Zero Guilt Free Concrete?

September 8, 2022

The cement industry produces 8% of all human CO2 emissions, that's almost 3 billion tonnes per year. Seratech can reduce this to zero. Listen to this episode to find out how.

Martin and Oliver speak to Dr Mike Cook, Barney Shanks and Sam Draper from Seratech on all things concrete and their passion and love for creating a truly net zero concrete is inspiring. 

Seratech's aim is to ensure we can continue to build new homes, cities and resilient infrastructure so people can flourish but without impacting our environment. They have developed a unique process that delivers efficient, low-cost carbon capture and provides a product that is essential to support future low-carbon construction. This has the potential to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere and to support construction to go green. 

Visit Seratech at London Design Festival later this month, you can register here

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#12 Data Driven Climate Action

#12 Data Driven Climate Action

August 18, 2022

This week we’re shaking things up with 3 expert guests giving us their views on how data is being used to tackle climate change and accelerate us towards our net zero goal.

Firstly, Martin and Oliver speak to Dr Graham Kelly, Managing Director at BIM Academy. Graham is responsible for leading strategy and implementation of digital transformation strategies specific to clients’ real needs. This goes beyond BIM: it is as much about the people as it is about the technology. He’s an expert within his field with over 10 years’ experience in construction and academia.

Next up, your hosts speak to Giulia Papi, Marketing Manager at innDex and Tasha Greenfield, Design Coordinator, Natural Building Systems. Both Giulia and Tasha are part of the new movement ZERO Next, which focuses on young people, with a fast-growing global network of students and young professionals who are making strong demands on the construction industry. 

The passion and energy from all 3 guests is truly inspiring so we encourage you to listen now and get involved! 

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#11 Innovate to Transform: Mike Pitts, Innovate UK

#11 Innovate to Transform: Mike Pitts, Innovate UK

July 28, 2022

After such an inspiring discussion in episode #7 all around innovation in the built environment,  Martin and Oliver welcome Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director at Innovate UK back to FutureX!

Listen to hear Mike’s thoughts around the barriers of getting innovation into the built environment and how truly experiencing innovation can demonstrate just how it can add value to our lives. Mike also discusses the need for culture change and telling a better story about how buildings can affect our communities.

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#10 Positive Activism: James Rixon & Sam Turner, ACAN

#10 Positive Activism: James Rixon & Sam Turner, ACAN

May 25, 2022

Listen to episode #10 of FutureX now to hear Martin and Oliver in conversation with James Rixon and Sam Turner from the Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN). ACAN is a great example of positive activism, ran by an inspirational community of people that are leading the way in the built environment with their amazing work.

You don't need to be an architect to get involved in the network, just passionate about the future of the built environment! If you want to learn more and get involved, click here.

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#9 Going off grid with Bill Dunster OBE

#9 Going off grid with Bill Dunster OBE

May 12, 2022

In this episode of FutureX, Martin and Oliver speak to the ultimate sustainability pioneer, innovation guru and Futurebuild friend, Bill Dunster OBE.

Listen now to hear Bill's thoughts on many issues such as the current energy crisis, our political leadership, net-zero and education in environmental design.

Hear from the mastermind behind sustainable architectural projects such as BedZED, ZEDlife and the Zero Bills Home. 

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#8 Biotech our deep green future: Professor Peter Ralph

#8 Biotech our deep green future: Professor Peter Ralph

April 27, 2022

This episode takes FutureX into an entirely new direction!

Martin and Oliver speak to Professor Peter Ralph, Executive Director of the Climate Change Cluster (C3) and Professor of Marine Biology to learn more about the Deep Green Biotech Hub and step into the world of marine biology and micro algae. The subject will blow your mind, really get you thinking about it’s potential use in construction and maybe even change your view on carbon…

 

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#7 Transforming UK construction through innovation: Mike Pitts, Innovate UK; Keith Waller, CIH & Sam Stacey, UKRI

#7 Transforming UK construction through innovation: Mike Pitts, Innovate UK; Keith Waller, CIH & Sam Stacey, UKRI

April 12, 2022

Following Futurebuild 2022's huge showcase of innovation, we're carrying on this theme throughout our upcoming FutureX episodes.

In this episode, Martin and Oliver speak to Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director, Innovate UK; Keith Waller, Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub and Sam Stacey, Challenge Director, UKRI - three of the most influential people in the construction innovation space. They look back at the last four years of the transforming construction challenge and discuss what's coming in the future.

 

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