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BSRIA Briefing 2019 - A Climate of Change

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A Climate of Change - How future technology and improved processes could secure energy efficiency and wellbeing.


A Climate of Change - How future technology and improved processes could secure energy efficiency and wellbeing.


With the science behind climate change well proven, along with dwindling natural resources, action is urgently needed to counteract this. The Built Environment Industry is at the vanguard of delivering change that can make a difference.

This year’s briefing will focus on the role our industry will play in delivering change: Servitisation is just one example of the potential of being able to provide resourceful energy use, enhance wellbeing and improve productivity. However; this will be a challenge to deliver in existing buildings. Are we laying a minefield for contractors and in-house staff?

We will also hear how the circular economy can create new opportunities for growth and help reduce the environmental impacts of our manufacturing and consumption globally, whilst providing an opportunity to reshape business.

Our event will give an insight into how we could broaden the boundaries of design, balancing the needs of energy efficiency and wellbeing.

The morning will give a vision as to how we can use our resources more wisely and promote energy efficiency, whilst maintaining an efficient productive business outcome.

Companies attending sor far:

Trend, WSP, Knight Harwood, EBM Papst, Gratte Bothers, Foster & Partners, Skanska, Burgess, Cudd Bentley, Maincor, Trane, CSA, Condair, Danfoss, Cambridge Maintenance Services, Priva, Engie, HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt, GCL Ltd, EON UK, Hoare Lea, Lochinvar, Institute of Cancer, RBS, Police & Fire HQ, Construction Specialities, Giacomini, Chapman BDSP, AECOM, Currie & Brown, PRP Architects, Clarion Housing Group, Mott Macdonald, University College London, Tridonic


09.30 Welcome - Julia Evans OBE, CEO BSRIA
09.31 Chairman’s Introduction – Mike Smith, Former Engineering Director, BSRIA
09.35 Presentations:
- Professor Christopher Rapley CBE, Dept of Earth Science, University College London
- Paul Quinn,Clarion Housing Group
- Marylis Ramos, PRP Architects
10.35 Questions
10.45 Coffee/Comfort break
11.00 Presentations:
- Adam Mactavish, Currie & Brown
- Eszter Gulacsy, Mott MacDonald
11.40 Questions
11.50 Summary and Briefing close - Julia Evans OBE
12.00 Aperitifs
13.00 Grace & Briefing luncheon
14.30 Guest Speaker – Dame Kelly Holmes DBE
15.30 Closing remarks - Julia Evans OBE

Guest Speaker - Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE


A double Olympic gold medallist, Kelly Holmes became only the second woman in history to claim the 800m and 1500m titles in the same Games.

After winning the English Schools’ tournament, Kelly chose to pursue a career in the army, serving for almost 10 years. She only decided to return to the track after watching athletes on television against whom she had competed in her schooldays.

A year later Kelly won a 1500m AAA race, followed by her first sub-two-minute win in Oslo and then victory in the Commonwealth Games. Her career nearly came to a premature end at the World Championships when she limped off with a serious achilles injury. On the brink of quitting the sport she nonetheless fought her way back to form for Sydney Olympics. She recovered from illness in time to win at the Manchester Commonwealth Games and then earned the nation’s admiration with her remarkable achievement in 2004 in Athens (which also saw her named BBC Sports Personality of the Year).

Kelly looks at the ups and downs of her career on and off the track. She considers what kept her going and with humour and insight considers what it takes to achieve your goals. Drawing on her time with the Army as well as her athletics career she looks at effective team building as well as the importance of physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Awarded an MBE for her services as a British Army physical training instructor, Kelly has founded the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to support both retired athletes and disadvantaged young people. She was an Ambassador for London 2012 and patron of several charities. She founded a multi-million pound programme for British women athletes, and even opened her own cafe in her home town in Kent. She is also author of a clutch of books, including Black, White & Gold and Just Go For It - 6 steps for success.