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Urbano ZeroCarbon

Urbano Network is London’s leading pan-sector independent business network with over 5,000 Member & Associate Companies, ranging from boutique practices and SMEs, to corporates and PLCs.

Urbano is committed to helping its members find new valuable connections and business opportunities whilst facing up to the real challenges of climate change. Our Zero Carbon in Construction Programme events, held under our Urbano Build and UWACTE Community banners, features the latest thinking and science around achieving Net Zero Carbon alongside our invited speakers' own specialisms and experience.

We host ten such speaker events per year dedicated to Zero Cabon in Construction, where companies also committed to adapt to the new realities of business under the threat of climate change can find out the latest science, discover new technologies and applications, and share their own knowledge and experience.

Urbano exists to facilitate connections between companies, but we also challenge our members to adopt changes more deeply and more quickly than those the current legislation demands. No company is doing enough and we all need to reduce our own impact on the planet through our day-to-day activities and those along our supply chains. This is why we as a network adhere to the following pledges:

  • Urbano is committed to always using compostable or recyclable products: from the laminate on our business cards and Venue Collection handbook to the lanyards we use at events; from using vegetable ink and recycled paper for our handouts then composting the used sheets and any abandoned business cards
  • To always use public transport except in the most exceptional circumstances
  • To encourage our venues to use their most local suppliers where possible (for refreshments) and reduce the amount of meat in our event menus
  • To facilitating more activities and connections online, thereby reducing paper and other materials consumption, and reducing journeys overall across the network
  • To encourage the use of online networking and meeting alternatives whilst recognising the value of face-to-face contacts
  • To showcase the best practices and innovations, while challenging face-on those who believe corporate and personal profit comes before the welfare of our planet and all its inhabitants
  • Making our events and membership affordable to all companies and individuals so we can share information and expertise along supply chains and across sectors.

Our next Urbano Zero Carbon in Construction speaker event:

Thursday April 23rd - Networking breakfast with Deborah Pullen, MBE, Executive Director of the BRE Trust

Deborah Pullen is a core member of the BRE Trust Board, one of the UK’s largest charities focused on supporting transformational change in the built environment.  Deborah has a BSc (Hons) in Materials Science, a PhD in polymer chemistry, is a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institutes of Building and of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Deborah was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 for her leadership of the BRE Trust Future Cities Programme. 

Deborah's presentation will examine three core areas: the performance of different materials from an environmental/zero carbon perspective; how BRE's work on life-cycle analsysis offers a new toolkit to measure such performance; and the role of collaboration along the supply chain is critical to addressing climate change in the BE sectors - and beyond.

For details and booking, please follow this link

Wednesday May 20th - Urbano Build & UWACTE networking breakfast with Emily Hamilton, Associate Director of Sustainability at Grosvenor Group

Emily Hamilton is Associate Director - Sustainability at Grosvenor Group. and responsible for the sustainability strategy at Grosvenor Group, the global property and real estate company.

Emily leads the team providing expert advice to colleagues on developing sustainable cities including advising on air quality, carbon, waste, green spaces, biodiversity and climate risk. She also helped set Grosvenor's net zero carbon commitments across its portfolio and chairs Grosvenor's international Sustainability Knowledge, championing sustainability knowledge transfer across the business.

Emily will be looking at how she and her team are transforming Grosvenor's commitments ot reducing carbon and their impact on the environment across the portfolio.

For details and booking, please follow this link

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Wednesday June 10th - Build & UWACTE Networking Breakfast with Mary Parsons, Chair & Trustee of the Town & Country Planning Association

associated with London Festival Architecture 2020

Mary Parsons has over 25 years' experience in the development, construction and regeneration sectors. As Group Director, Place-Making & Regeneration, at People For Places, she is responsible for all large-scale projects and joint ventures.

Mary is Chair & Trustee of the Town & Country Planning Association, and a Trustee of MOBIE, the charity tht seeks to inspire young people to innovate in the design and construction of homes.

Mary is a Commisioner on the  Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission whose report, Living With Beauty, published this year puts quality design at the heart of new homes building for the UK.

Mary's presentation will focus on the key elements of that report, the challenges to government over retrofit and planning, investment and development in housing. She will also look at how design needs to help deliver zero carbon, plus what steps People For Places are taking on addressing climate change.

For details and booking, please follow this link

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PREVIOUS URBANO ZERO CARBON SPEAKER EVENTS:

Thursday February 6th - Urbano Build networking breakfast with Mark Farmer, Author of 'Modernise or Die', CEO of Cast Consultancy

This event featured Mark Farmer, author of the influential Modernise or Die report and CEO of Cast Consultancy, championing modern methods of construction (MMC) in housebuilding. Continuing the theme of zero carbon, modular construction and housing standards, alongside the skills shortage we face in the industry, we will hear the lastest developments from Mark - from disruptors to structural changes - and the significance of attracting new talent and technical skills to drive transformation.

For details, please follow this link
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Thursday January 23rd - Urbano Build & UWACTE networking breakfast with Isabel Macallister, Director of Business Responsibility at MACE Group

Isabel McAllister is Mace Group's Director of Business Responsibility and drives the sustainability agenda across the company, including their programme to address the challenges of Net Zero Carbon in Construction.  Mace was the first construction company to sign to RE100 – committing it to using 100% renewable energy by 2022.  And in 2018 they committed to reducing single-use plastics across their offices by 80% and on construction sites by 20%.

For details, please follow this link

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Thursday December 5th - Urbano Build networking breakfast with Geoff Wilkinson, Managing Director of award winning Wilkinson Construction Consultants

Networking breakfast featuring Geoff Wilkinson, Managing Director of Wilkinson Construction Consultants, award-winning Approved Inspectors.

Geoff is qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and as a Fire Engineer and runs a firm of Approved Inspectors.

He is highly respected and experienced within the construction industry with over 30 years experience in both public and private sector roles. He has appeared frequently in the national and international press, TV and radio and has a regular column on Building Regulations in Architects Journal.

For details, please follow this link

Thursday November 28th - Urbano Build networking breakfast with Tom Bloxham, MBE, Founder of Urban Splash

Having set up a pub business, nightclub and radio station, Tom, along with Jonathan Falkingham MBE, founded Urban Splash in 1993.

Urban Splash has developed over a billion pounds of regeneration projects across the country. Tom also chairs the Manchester International Festival and is a trustee of The Tate, Manchester United Foundation. Tom was awarded an MBE for services to architecture and urban regeneration in 1999 at the age of 35.

For details, please follow this link

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  1. Urbano Members online coffee mornings

    Monday April 6th, 10:00am

    Next Urbano Members morning online coffee morning: MONDAY APRIL 6TH AT 10AM. Join us online and see who else is around.

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  2. Urbano London Online Networking Lunchtime Event April 8th

    Wednesday April 8th, 12:00pm

    Urbano networking lunchtime event in (virtual) London - Wednesday April 8th

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    Thursday April 16th, 9:00am

    Urbano London online networking breakfast - Thursday April 16th

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  4. Urbano Zero Carbon in Construction speaker breakfast - April 2020

    Thursday April 23rd, 9:00am

    Urbano Zero Carbon in Construction speaker event with Deborah Pullen, Executive Director of BRE Trust.

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    Wednesday April 29th, 9:30am

    Urbano Members' April networking breakfast - free & exclusive for members (max three per company)

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