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'Circular economy in the built environment' conference | 21 September 2016 | London

On Wednesday 21 September 2016, the Building Centre in London will host the conference 'Circular economy in the built environment'.

The event - organised in collaboration between Arup and The Built Environment Trust - will explore the concept of circular economy in the construction sector, providing an opportunity for dialogue, learning and discussion.

The conference invites leading policy makers, designers, engineers and economists to share their views and expertise on the circular economy, and what the concept could mean for the future of the built environment. Industry experts will discuss how we should change the way we develop, procure, design, construct, operate, maintain and repurpose our cities, infrastructure, buildings and services.

The first part of the afternoon will explore the economic case for the circular economy, looking at ‘why’ this concept has the potential to transform our industry. This will include a conversation on government policy, financial models and the business case. The second part of the afternoon will focus on the ‘how’; exploring current best practice and emerging approaches for applying the circular economy within the context of architecture, design and engineering practice.

Speakers include:

  • Duncan Baker-Brown, director and owner of BBM Sustainable Design
  • Cecile Fraraud, circular economy lead at Peterborough City Council
  • Gregory Hodkinson, chairman at Arup
  • Nitesh Magdani, director of sustainability at BAM Construct UK
  • Andrew Richmond, policy and programme manager at Greater London Authority
  • Stuart Smith, director at Arup
  • Ken Webster, head of innovation at Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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Adriatic Wood Days | 2-5 October 2016 | Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Adriatic Wood Days (AWD) 2016 will be held in Dubrovnik (Sheraton Hotel, Dubrovnik, Srebreno) from 2nd to 5th October 2016.

AWD is the largest and most comprehensive sectoral event in Southeast Europe and the Mediterranean, and the participants will adopt conclusions and propose recommendations to decision-makers of sectoral policies at the regional, European and global level.

Adriatic Wood Days (AWD) comprises four thematically related and yet programmatically separate international conferences with main thematic emphasis on European Model of Cascading Use of Wood and Influence on the Future of the Sector:

  • Hotel Interiors Furnishing and Product Design
  • Greater Use of Wood in Construction
  • Timber Trade and Wood Products Marketing
  • Investment Profitability in Pellet Production and Cogeneration

A joint plenary lectures will also take place, which will link the conferences and discuss the most current topics in the sector, especially the European model of cascading use of wood recently presented by the European Commission. Main topics include certification, design, sustainable forest management, building competency and development centres, encouraging investments in wood processing, achieving low-carbon impacts and the development of rural and mountainous areas.

AWD 2016 programme is available here. More information about the entire event, particular conferences and opportunities for participation, can be found on www.adriatic-wd.com

It is also possible to contact the organisers directly via e-mail: info@drvniklaster.hr or phone: +385 1 6329 111.

An overview of the last years' edition is available here.

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PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue | 17-18 November 2016 | Bali, Indonesia

PEFC International will hold its next Stakeholder Dialogue event on 17-18 November 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.

The two-day meeting will focus on how the forest sector and forest certification can better contribute to sustainable landscapes for sustainable livelihoods.

Main discussion topics include:

  • Empowering and integrating smallholders to support deforestation free, sustainable supply chains
  • Meeting the growing global demand for wood: improving productivity & expanding the resource base
  • Transferring lessons and exploring synergies across commodities for sustainable landscapes and rural economic growth

The dialogue will open with two distinguished experts providing diverse views on how to ‘bridge the gap’ and better achieve sustainability across forests, agriculture and food security. 

Dr. Terry Sunderland, Principle Scientist at CIFOR, will explain his insights on how landscape approaches can provide a framework to reconcile competition between productive land-uses and environmental and development trade-offs.

He will go on to highlight new findings that underscore the importance of forests for many aspects of sustainable development, people’s nutrition among them.

Dr. Sadanandan Nambiar AO, (formerly, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia) will argue that improving the productivity and profitability of forests and trees is central to achieving sustainability across landscapes and livelihoods.

For Dr. Nambiar, certification must sharpen its focus on economic sustainability. The production, processing and use of more wood is critical for poverty reduction and a contributor to climate change mitigation, and he will challenge whether certification systems currently act as a catalyst for rural development in tree-based landscapes.

Registration to the event will close on 12 October 2016. 

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'Custom-Build: Seeing the Wood through the Trees' conference | 27 October 2016 | Bristol

Registration for the conference 'Custom-Build: Seeing the Wood through the Trees' is now open.

The event, organised by Timber Design Initiatives with support from Wood for Good, will take place on Thursday 27 October 2016 at Engineers' House in Bristol.

Speaking in particular to architects and construction professionals, the conference will highlight the benefits of using off-site timber manufacturing technologies to the self and custom-build sector.

'Custom-Build: Seeing the Wood through the Trees' will discuss the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and the Housing and Planning Bill 2016. There will also be room for debating opportunities for innovation in development partnerships, sustainable design and materials/technologies.

Main speakers include Richard Bacon MP, who proposed the Custom Housebuilding Act, and Paul Britton, of the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), who will discuss the provisions of the new £3 billion Home Building Fund.

Early bird offer has been extended until 16 September. Click here to register.

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BMF’s Budapest Conference 2017 sells out in record time

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) All Industry Conference, to take place in Budapest in June 2017, has already sold out.

The theme of the Conference, “Change, Challenge and Opportunity”, struck a chord with both merchants and suppliers and all 450 delegate places were snapped up within ten weeks of launch. 

The event has attracted 14% more merchant delegates compared to the last BMF All Industry Conference in 2015. A total of 72 merchant companies will attend alongside 60 supplier companies. The merchant delegates include 16 of the top 20 merchant companies and all four national merchant groups will attend the BMF All Industry Conference for the first time in 15 years.

BMF managing director, John Newcomb commented: “We believe this is the fastest that the Conference has ever sold out and reflects both the value it offers and the high esteem in which it is held by the industry. The Conference theme resonated with people post-Brexit.  In uncertain times it is even more important for the industry to come together and this is undoubtedly the biggest event in the industry’s calendar for 2017.”

BMF chairman, Peter Hindle MBE added: “The Board was delighted to hear that our next Conference had sold out so quickly. This is testimony to the progress that the BMF has made over the last few years in delivering events and services that are valued by the industry.”

Details of the first speakers will be announced in September and regular updates will be published on the Conference website, www.bmfconference2017.co.uk.

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