FutureX
#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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#6 Domestic Retrofit: Antonia Khayatt in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

#6 Domestic Retrofit: Antonia Khayatt in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

December 7, 2021

In this episode your hosts Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones speak to Antonia Khayatt, architect with a particular interest in socially and environmentally responsible architecture and urban design; consultant for the UKGBC and contributor of the Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide by LETI.

LETI’s Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide shows how we can retrofit our homes to make them fit for the future and support the UK’s Net Zero targets.  We define energy use targets for existing homes and provide practical guidance on how to achieve them.  

The guide is useful for architects, engineers, Local Authorities, social landlords, energy professionals, contractors and clients looking for guidance about best practice retrofit.

Donate to LETI and help support LETI for 1.5 years. LETI are looking to raise £25k and you can help by donating here.

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#5 Policy, Skills and Action: Hew Edgar in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

#5 Policy, Skills and Action: Hew Edgar in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

November 26, 2021

In this episode your hosts Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones speak to Hew Edgar, Associate Director of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Listen to the conversation based around Policy, Skills and Action and hear thoughts around the Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy with emphasis on retrofit; as well as the skills shortage, the required skills that the construction industry needs and what we need to do to address this.

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#4 Pathway to net-zero: Munish Datta in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

#4 Pathway to net-zero: Munish Datta in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

November 12, 2021

Carrying on the FutureX theme of talking to net-zero pioneers and ahead of COP26, Oliver and Martin spoke to Munish Datta, on his thoughts around the pathway to net zero.

Munish is a fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and formerly led Marks & Spencers' globally-renowned sustainability strategy (Plan A) across its extensive property portfolio and is now director of the UK Green Building Council.

Since their conversation, the UKGBC has launched first ever UK Roadmap for achieving Net Zero carbon built environment by 2050 at this week's COP26.

The Roadmap quantifies, for the first time, the specific emission reductions across sub-sectors of the built environment that will need to take place year-on-year to meet the 2050 deadline. The analysis includes not only domestic emissions, but emissions related to the consumption of imported construction products and materials. The Roadmap establishes a net zero emissions budget and trajectory to 2050, consistent with wider UK carbon targets and budgets as set-out by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), enabling government and the UK built environment to benchmark progress over the coming years and decades.

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#3 Design for Planet: Cat Drew in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

#3 Design for Planet: Cat Drew in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

November 5, 2021

The Design Council have recognised FutureX host, Dr Oliver Jones as one of the 100 most influential people working in the field of sustainable design across the UK design sector. He will be joining the group of 100 sustainable design visionaries at V&A Dundee for a once in a generation event: Design for Planet alongside COP26.

In this episode, Oliver and Martin speak to Cat Drew, Chief Design Officer at Design Council to find out more about 'Design for Planet' – a bold new campaign to galvanise and support the UK’s design industry to commit to a sustainable, climate-first future. Rallying designers to bring about the societal shifts needed to accelerate the government’s transition to net zero and ensure our planet will thrive for future generations.

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#2 Built for the Environment: Maria Smith in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

#2 Built for the Environment: Maria Smith in conversation with Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

October 27, 2021

In the run up to COP26 listen to Maria Smith, Director of Sustainability & Physics at Buro Happold, as they take us through the ten key principles from the latest publication from the RIBA and Architects Declare. The Built for the Environment Report is part of a wider project called the Built Environment Summit, the online conference taking place on the 28th and 29th October.

Hosted by Martin Hurn, Event Director at Futurebuild and Dr Oliver Jones, Research Director at Ryder Architecture.

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Introducing FutureX by hosts Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

Introducing FutureX by hosts Martin Hurn and Dr Oliver Jones

September 17, 2021

In the first episode, your hosts Martin Hurn, Event Director at Futurebuild and Dr Oliver Jones, Research Director at Ryder Architecture introduce FutureX and explain the importance of giving a voice and platform to disruptors from different sectors to improve the health of people, communities and importantly our planet. 

 

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