POSTED: November 17, 2016

Thursday, 15 December 2016


A roundtable for businesses
Co-organised by An Economy that Works and CUSP, the UK Green Building Council, and Igloo 

Reflected Cranes
CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 :: Roevin / Flickr

We live in a world where our buildings are under-utilised (i.e. a traditional office is used for only 30% of the year), global resource extraction is expected to grow to 82 billion tonnes in 2020, and 300,000 new housing units per year are predicted to be required in the UK.

Through this roundtable discussion we will respond to these issues, and work together to challenge our ‘business as usual’ approach to buildings. We will flip the challenges listed above into opportunities – identifying innovative new models for maximising building utilisation, reducing resource dependency, and creating new opportunities for people to connect through our built environment. The key objective of this roundtable is to identify one or two new, real projects that will move this agenda forward that those attending can research and eventually implement.

We will prepare a full briefing paper ahead of the meeting setting out some of the opportunities, future trends, existing experience with similar projects, and potential barriers that will need to be overcome. This will be intended to stimulate discussion, and we hope that attendees may bring their own ideas as well.


We are interested in feedback. For details and background information, please contact Charles Seaford.

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