Green Sky Thinking debate asks: ‘Can Construction really be Sustainable?’

David Ball Group sponsors the panel debate, taking place in London on 23rd April 2015

The Government’s 2025 Industrial Strategy for Construction has called for a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the industry, demonstrating a need now more than ever for sustainability to be at the top of the construction agenda. But how can this be achieved? And is it even achievable? This issue is to be addressed in the panel debate ‘Can Construction really be Sustainable?’ which takes place from 8:30 – 10:30am on the 23rd April 2015 at the Saint Gobain Innovation Centre, 95 Great Portland Street, London.

The panel will be chaired by Leo Johnson, Head of Sustainability at PwC, regularly speaks on the topic of ‘Future Proofing’, and is a visiting Business Fellow of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford, as well as being a regular lecturer for Cambridge University’s Programme for Sustainable Leadership.

Leo will be joined on the panel by:

  • David Ball, Inventor of CEMFREE – For over 40 years David Ball has been manufacturing specialist materials for the construction industry. Recently David has invented CEMFREE, a zero-cement structural concrete, that uses a by-product of other industries to provide up to a 95% reduction in CO2, compared with Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC).
  • Dr Mike de Silva, Sustainability Manager at Crossrail – With over 25 years’ experience in environmental and sustainability design construction, Dr Mike de Silva has extensive knowledge of sustainability within the rail industry, having worked on both Crossrail and High Speed 1.
  • Dr Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM – Dr Gavin Dunn is an experienced building engineer, researcher, and specialist in building energy and environmental performance. Gavin is currently responsible for driving awareness of BREEAM with the ambition to make it the most authoritative, comprehensive and widely used global environmental standard for the built environment.
  • Gary Young, Partner at Farrells Architects – Gary Young is a qualified architect with 30 years’ experience in environmental design and architecture, and has been at the forefront of sustainable design throughout his career.
  • Chris Sandom, Director of Wild Business – Chris Sandom is passionate about helping businesses connect with, restore and benefit from nature. Through his work Chris aims to help integrate business, society and the natural environment, to meet sustainability and business objectives.
  • Victoria Ball, Head of Sustainability at David Ball Group – Alongside Victoria’s role at David Ball Group, she is completing a Masters at Oxford University in Sustainable Urban Development. Victoria is a director and governor of the University Technical College, Cambridge, which specialises in educating students planning careers in environmental sciences. She sits on the Next Generation committee of the Institute of Family Business and is a member of RICS.

The panel debate will take place as part of Green Sky Thinking Week (20th – 24th April 2015), an initiative for built environment and property professionals, highlighting innovative sustainable practices, and the need for joined-up thinking within the industry.

To book your free place on ‘Can Construction really be Sustainable?’ please register here: