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2023 Themes


Delivering Net Zero and Adapting to Climate Change 

What will the Future Homes and Future Buildings Standards mean for designers?

What is the Net Zero Carbon Building Standard, and how will we be able to deliver it across our building stock?

How can we reduce both the embodied and operational carbon impacts of buildings as we adapt them to better handle climate change and become net zero?

Hydrogen, Heating and Heat Pumps for Net Zero

As we decarbonise our heating, what are the potential roles of electric and hydrogen fuelled heating systems?

And what will this mean for heat networks as we move away from gas fuelled systems?

Electrical Services for a Zero Carbon Environment

As we decarbonise the grid and use it to heat our homes and charge our cars as well as adding more localised electricity generation, what are the implications for design of electrical systems?

And how much more do mechanical systems engineers need to know about electrical services?

Adopting Digital Tools and Smart and Secure Technologies

There are a plethora of digital tools to assist in design, construction and operation of buildings as well as an array of smart technologies available.

What are the priorities for designers and building managers to enable safe, energy-efficient and effective buildings?

Implementing the Building Safety Reform Programme

What will this mean in practice?

As the biggest reforms to the regulation of building design and construction products are implemented, what are the implication for building services, fire safety and the wider industry?

How will engineers demonstrate their competence to work under the new regime and how will clients identify competent designers, constructors and building operators and managers?

Health and Wellbeing

How do we make sure that our buildings are comfortable, healthy places as well as being safe and sustainable?

What can we do to improve indoor air quality and make buildings work as inclusive environments?


How is the lighting sector responding to the ever-tighter eco-design requirements as well as embracing the circular economy and reducing the embodied carbon in lighting systems all whilst delivering effective lighting and embracing current thinking about night time lighting?