Understanding sustainability in construction

The Building Society
The Building Society
55 Whitfield Street
London, W1T 4AH

The Building Society

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Elliott Wood

Elliott Wood are structural and civil engineers. But we are no ordinary engineers. We are activists for a new kind of engineering profession in which our craft is re-evaluated by clients and collaborators and becomes pivotal to the design process. This paradigm shift relies on a combination of both technical and creative thinking.

Urbano Build is one of our most vibrant business communities with its own programme of regular networking events aimed at architects, developers, property investors, designers, interior designers and other professionals associated with the built environment sector to make connections, gather information, create associations and find new business opportunities.

As COP26 approaches, we are being increasingly bombarded with a  plethora of information pouring out of different construction bodies around COP26, alongside a host of terms such as retrofit, circular economy, and sustainability. And this is before we get behind the science of net-zero carbon and how to actually start on the pathway as individuals and companies.

This event is designed to bring clarity for those of us who are not technical experts, including those who commission construction projects, such as landowners, developers and investors, as well as those who want to bring their own construction-sector companies in line with latest best practice and guidance.

About our speaker

We are delighted to welcome Penny Gowler, Director and Head of Sustainability at Elliott Wood to act as our guide to offer illumination and clarity on the following key questions:

  • What do we mean by net-zero carbon, carbon-neutral, embedded carbon, the life cycle of a building, carbon footprint, sustainability, retrofit, circular economy and reuse vs recycling?
  • Can you compare and measure different material choices when discussing their sustainability and zero carbon impact?
  • What regulations exist that govern the use of materials in the built environment?

About Penny Gowler

Penny GowlerPenny Gowler is a Chartered Structural Engineer. She has a strong interest in sustainable design and is a frequent speaker at events, including the recent RIBA Smart Practice Conference.

Penny is Director and Head of Sustainability at Elliott Wood and is responsible for managing a team of 20 engineers and technicians working across a wide range of projects with typical construction costs of between £10m and £100m.

Our hosts - The Building Society - is a co-working space and collaborative community for everyone working within the build environment sector, created by Urbano Members Elliott Wood

Booking Options: Please note, this event will be run as a hybrid event with options to book to take part in person or online. Enter 'online' in the promotional box to book an online place at £10. The online access link with be sent to the registered email the day before the event.


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