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BSRIA 2017 Briefing

The theme of the BSRIA Briefing, to be staged at the Brewery, London, on Friday 17th November 2017 is: Tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings.

This year's briefing is about the issues the industry is facing and the role it will play in providing the solutions. It explores the options for how technology and research can enable us to prepare for future needs, both in residential and commercial buildings.

The opportunities emerging are focused on health, wellness, independence, mobility and leisure. Products and services that address these needs will have a fast growing market to capture. Building services are at the heart of realising these opportunities and delivering the built environment of the future.

This will not only provide challenges for the workplace but also for communities as a whole, including residential, leisure and retail. How will building services adapt to meet the needs of future generations? Because the coming demographic shifts are foreseeable over the next few decades, governments have the opportunity to adopt a proactive approach to align their policies to evolving needs.

The agenda for the event is:

09.30 Welcome – Julia Evans – CEO BSRIA.

09.31 Chairman’s Introduction – Anthony Wilson MBE – AECOM.

09.35 Presentations:

  • Chris Twinn – Principal, TwinnSustainabilityInnovation.
  • Jane Vass OBE – Director of Policy & Research, Age UK.

10.35 Q&A.

10.45 Coffee/Comfort break.

11.00 Presentations:

  • Alan Kell OBE – Managing Director, I&G Systems Ltd.
  • Tassos Kougionis – Principal Consultant, BSRIA.
  • Kath Fontana – Managing Director, ISS Technical Services.

11.40 Q&A.

11.50 Summary & Briefing close – Julia Evans.

12.00 Aperitifs.

13.00 Briefing luncheon.

14.30 Guest Speaker – Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE.

15.30 Closing remarks – Julia Evans.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA said:

“The BSRIA Briefing this year explores how technology and research can help us prepare for those future needs both in residential and commercial buildings. These buildings already meet current regulations for energy and carbon but what isn’t clear is what might be needed within these buildings to meet changing and varied expectations of the occupants. So how are they going to handle issues such as health, wellness, independence, mobility, leisure and, indeed, age?

Building services are at the heart of delivering the built environment of the future and we have a great line up of influential industry speakers that will inspire you with thinking on this crucial issue and break barriers… come and learn from BSRIA, connect with colleagues and be inspired by adventure.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE as the after lunch speaker. The first person to reach both North and South Poles by foot, he also made it into the record books by completing seven marathons on seven continents (including Antarctica) in seven days – soon after emergency heart surgery.


More detailed information on the event is available at: Briefing 2017: tomorrow's challenges in today's buildings.

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