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The industry needs to undergo radical change to achieve net-zero and respond to the climate emergency – how should that happen?

About this event

The Big Issues Webinar Series

Following on from the conference programme at Futurebuild 2022, the Edge has curated these sessions highlighting some of the big issues that we are all probably aware of, but tend to put to one side as too difficult to resolve. These sessions interrogate these issues in the light of proposing solutions.


The industry needs to undergo radical change to achieve net-zero and respond to the climate emergency – how should that happen?

We have been set the goals – energy efficiency improvements to all buildings by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, requiring a 12% reduction in heat demand every year to 2050. We also know the measures to take, but do we have an industry ready to deliver? How can our industry be transformed to achieve the task – it is a challenge equivalent to nationwide wartime retooling – do we have the outline of a plan?


Chair: Keith Clarke CBE, MRIBA, FICE, DipArch, MSc


Advising on Change – leadership and behaviour

Clare Shine, Director & CEO at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Planning for change:

Emma Davies, Principal Sustainability Consultant at Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service


Investing for change

Alex Notay, Placemaking and Investment Director, PfP Capital


A changing industry:

Mark Farmer, CEO, Cast


Questions coordinator: Simon Foxell, the Edge

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    Simon Foxell Architect and Principal @ The Architects Practice and the Edge

    He was lead design adviser to Birmingham City Council’s Transforming Education programme from 2007 to 2010. He is co-ordinator for the industry think tank, the Edge, and has published widely on topics including professionalism and the social history of mapping

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    Keith Clarke CBE, MRIBA, FICE, DipArch, MSc Chair @ Constructionarium and the Active Building Centre

    With more than forty years’ experience, Keith has worked in all sectors of the UK and international construction industry and retired from WS Atkins in 2011 after leading the business to considerable growth. He is Chair of both the Active Building Centre and Constructionarium.

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    Emma Davies Principal Sustainability Consultant @ Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service

    Emma is the Shared Services Principal Sustainability Officer. Her role includes developing planning policy related to the role of planning and placemaking in delivering climate change mitigation and adaptation and provision of technical advice on planning applications and wider corporate projects related to sustainable design and construction. Outside of the planning service, Emma is a member of the Local Adaptation Advisory Panel Steering Group, which provides advice to Government on the role of local authorities in delivering climate change adaptation and is a Board Member of the Good Homes Alliance, who promote higher quality housing and standards via collaborations with industry and government.

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    Alexandra Notay Placemaking and Investment Director @ PfP Capital

    Alexandra Notay is Placemaking and Investment Director at PfP Capital, the fund and asset management arm of Places for People Group, overseeing a UK-wide residential strategy. She is an internationally recognised expert on build to rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development, with 17 years’ strategic advisory and investment experience to private sector, government and third sector organisations across four continents. Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is vice-chair of the ULI UK Residential Council, chair of the BPF working group on residential ESG, serves on BPF’s Build to Rent Committee, AREF’s ESG / Impact Investing committee and is a Member of CREFC Europe.

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    Clare Shine Director & CEO @ Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

    Clare is the Director and CEO of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which has partnered with leaders and innovators in business, government and finance since 1988 to foster bold leadership and drive transformational change for people, nature and climate. Clare is a UK-qualified barrister and a member of the Santander X Innovation Advisory Committee, an Associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the World Commission on Protected Areas, a member of Cambridge Public Health steering committee, and a professional facilitator and mediator. Clare has been at the nexus of sustainable development, organizational change and culture for over three decades.

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    Mark Farmer CEO @ Cast

    Mark has 30 years’ experience in construction and real estate and is a recognised international commentator on a variety of industry and policy related issues. Mark authored the Farmer Review, an influential 2016 independent government review of the UK’s construction labour model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’. In 2019 he was appointed as the government’s Champion for Modern Methods of Construction. Mark is a member of the Construction Innovation Hub Industry Board and the Construction Leadership Council Advisory Group. He is also a national co-chair of Constructing Excellence and the Urban Land Institute UK Residential Council and a trustee of the MOBIE educational charity. Mark is an honorary professor at The University of Salford’s School of Built Environment and holds an honorary doctorate at the University College of Estate Management.