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BSRIA 2017 Briefing - Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE - speakerMarch 2017

Julia Evans CEO

BSRIA is delighted to announce that the guest speaker at its flagship event – the annual Briefing and lunch – is Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE. The event will look at the issue of 'Tomorrow's Challenges in Today's Buildings' and will be held at the Brewery, in London, on Friday 17th November 2017.

About Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE

Ranulph Fiennes is the first person to reach both North and South Poles by foot. He also made it into the record books by completing seven marathons on seven continents (including Antarctica) in seven days – soon after receiving emergency heart surgery. Only then did he take up climbing, starting with the North Face of the Eiger. At the age of 65, at his third attempt, he became the oldest Briton to conquer Everest.

Among an incredible catalogue of adventures and extreme tests, he has recently undertaken The Coldest Journey, an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot during the southern winter where the temperature falls to minus 90°c. He was forced to withdraw when he suffered severe frostbite, but still claims that “if you are lucky enough to be able to walk around without a crutch, you might as well go for it”. It didn’t stop him from undertaking the hottest journey, the Marathon des Sables, and a 159 mile run over six days in temperatures over 50°c through the Sahara.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA said: “We are delighted that Sir Ranulph Fiennes has agreed to be BSRIA’s guest speaker at this prestigious event. We know that he is an excellent speaker – with lots to say and a wealth of both professional and personal expert experience – so our members and audience will be able to listen to an invigorating speech.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’

Tomorrow’s Challenges in Today’s Buildings

It is well known that 80 per cent of the buildings needed for 2050 already exist. But what will be the requirements within these buildings to accommodate the changing and varied expectations of the occupants while not forgetting our energy/carbon targets?

The latest opportunities emerging are focused on health, wellness, independence, mobility and leisure. Products and services that address these needs will have a fast growing market to capture. Building services are at the heart of realising these opportunities and delivering the built environment of the future.

This will not only provide challenges for the workplace but also for communities as a whole, including residential, leisure and retail. How will building services need to adapt to meet the needs of future generations and industries?

Because the coming demographic shifts are foreseeable over the next few decades, governments are afforded the opportunity to adopt a proactive approach to align their policies to the evolving needs.

This year’s Briefing explores the options of how technology and research can enable us to prepare and accommodate future needs both in the residential and commercial buildings of the future.

Other speakers include: Tassos Kougionis, Principal Consultant – Residential at BSRIA’s Sustainable Construction Group. The Chair is Ant Wilson MBE, Director – Sustainability & Advanced Design – Building Engineering at AECOM.

The lunch is at 13:00: the event will close at 15.30. More detailed information on the event is available at:

Briefing 2017: tomorrow's challenges in today's buildings

For sponsorship details or to discuss booking your company table –

e-mail: or phone 01344 465 512.

Venue: The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD.

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