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BSRIA Briefing 2021 — Net Zero Carbon Future: Necessity not ChoiceNovember 2021

The BSRIA Briefing 2021 will take place Friday 19th November, at the Brewery, London.

Attracting more than 350 attendees, the event will comprise a series of presentations from leading science and industry figures, followed by a networking lunch.

This year’s Briefing takes place one week after the closure of the COP26 summit in Glasgow and BSRIA will advance the discussion on how to most effectively progress our industry towards the Net Zero target.

Presentations will be structured around three topics: 

  • Climate
  • Innovation
  • Behaviour

Leading scientists and practitioners will share their research findings and views on key issues that the construction industry as a whole and each one of us individually is facing on the path to Net Zero. 

How to be bold today not tomorrow, what innovation to embrace and how to achieve the necessary change in behaviour – the Briefing will provide excellent insight into each of these questions.


  • Georgia Elliott-Smith, Managing Director of environmental consultancy Element Four. Georgia has recently had her case against the government heard in the High Court and will be sharing her experience on embracing change to move buildings towards high environmental standards.
  • Dr Chris Manson-Whitton, Director of Progressive Energy Ltd, managing the delivery of the HyDeploy project. Informing about the progression of HyDeploy and providing information on how hydrogen can be embraced gradually to help achieve the Net Zero target.
  • Dr Kris de Meyer, a Research Fellow in neuroscience at the Department of Neuroimaging at King’s College London. Reflections on conscious and unconscious choices in people brains and their role in changing the behaviour of people who are using buildings, who are designing buildings, and who are regulating buildings to achieve set targets. 
  • Prof. Graeme Maidment, Professor of Heating and Cooling at School of Engineering London South Bank University; Advisor to Mission Innovation at BEIS. Outlining an innovative approach to cooling, emphasising the need and possibilities to innovate to achieve the Net Zero target.
  • Xavier de Kestelier, Principal and Head of Design at international design practice, HASSELL, he is both, an architect and technologist. Most recently, he was behind the Hassell concept for a ‘home’ on Mars – part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.

Guest Speaker – Reverend Richard Coles

The Reverend Richard Coles is a broadcaster, writer and Church of England priest. Now known for appearances on everything from 'Have I got news for you' to 'Strictly Come Dancing', he first found fame as one half of the 1980s band, The Communards. He later turned his hand to acting, penned music for film and TV, served up advice as “agony uncle” on BBC London and won a Sony Gold as presenter of The Mix on Radio 5 life.

With the successful media career already established he trained for the priesthood in The Church of England – becoming as can only be described as “very modern” vicar.

The Briefing is an annual event that combines the best in thought-leadership and networking opportunities, attended by a wide range of industry stakeholders, including manufacturers, building owners and operators, contractors, and designers.

Please note, spaces are now sold out for the BSRIA Briefing 2021. We will be live-tweeting the event on Twitter, so please do join us there to hear the latest.