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BSRIA 2017 Briefing Focuses on Tomorrow’s Challenges in Today’s Buildings

Tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings is the theme of the BSRIA Briefing to be staged at the Brewery, London, on Friday 17th November 2017 where an awareness of the issues that industry are facing and that the role it will play in providing the solutions, will be highlighted.

This is clearly a “golden chance” to listen to industry experts in this field, pose burning questions and, indeed, network and mingle with industry leaders.

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.

The agenda is “jam-packed” with Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE as the after lunch speaker.

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.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA said:

“It is well known that 80 per cent of the buildings needed for 2050 already exist but will they be fit for purpose and will they alter to meet the changing needs of their occupants?

The BSRIA Briefing this year explores how technology and research can help us prepare for those future needs both in residential and commercial buildings.

These buildings already meet current regulations for energy and carbon but what isn’t clear is what might be needed within these buildings to meet changing and varied expectations of the occupants.

So how are they going to handle issues such as health, wellness, independence, mobility, leisure and, indeed, age?

Building services are at the heart of delivering the built environment of the future and we have a great line up of influential industry speakers that will inspire you with thinking on this crucial issue and break barriers.

Indeed – come and learn from BSRIA, connect with colleagues and be inspired by adventure.”


09.30 Welcome – Julia Evans – CEO BSRIA
09.31 Chairman’s Introduction – Anthony Wilson MBE – AECOM

09.35 Presentations:

Chris Twinn – Principal, TwinnSustainabilityInnovation
Jane Vass OBE – Director of Policy & Research, Age UK
10.35 Questions
10.45 Coffee/Comfort break
11.00 Presentations:
Alan Kell OBE – Managing Director, I&G Systems Ltd
Tassos Kougionis – Principal Consultant, BSRIA
Kath Fontana – Managing Director, ISS Technical Services
11.40 Questions
11.50 Summary & Briefing close – Julia Evans
12.00 Aperitifs
13.00 Briefing luncheon
14.30 Guest Speaker – Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE
15.30 Closing remarks – Julia Evans

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