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BSRIA Briefing 2019

For a review of the event see: BSRIA Briefing 2019: A climate of change.

[edit] A climate of change – how future technology and improved processes could secure energy efficiency and wellbeing

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing society, high on the agenda of personal and public issues. The Extinction Rebellion protested in central London to highlight its climate change concerns, and Sir David Attenborough’s BBC1 documentary: Climate Change – The Facts, has taken an urgent look at the science of, and potential solutions to, this global threat.

With the science behind climate change well proven, along with dwindling natural resources, action is urgently needed. The Built Environment Industry is at the vanguard of delivering solutions that can make a difference and BSRIA is spearheading and stimulating this crucial debate.

BSRIA's flagship annual briefing and lunch will be held at the Brewery, in London, on Friday 15th November 2019. It will focus on the role the industry will play in delivering change, providing resourceful energy use, enhancing wellbeing and improving productivity. It will also address how the circular economy can create new opportunities for growth and help reduce the environmental impacts of manufacturing and consumption.

This year’s Chair is the award-winning Mike Smith, Engineering Director at BSRIA. A leading figure at BSRIA for over 30 years, Mike has demonstrated engineering excellence and has been an ambassador for best practice. In March 2019 he was awarded Honorary Membership of BSRIA and was awarded the ACR News Alan Moor Award.

The first speaker to be named on the line-up is Marylis Ramos, Director at PRP Architects. Marylis will consider energy efficiency design in buildings – both residential and commercial.

The keynote speaker is Mark Maslin, Professor of climatology, at University College London. Mark will set the scene at the event including achievements that can be made and the consequences of doing little or nothing. He will stress the importance of carbon reduction.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive at BSRIA said: “The speakers will offer solutions to this political and environmental jigsaw puzzle. Marylis is active within BSRIA’s Residential Network and will give a lively and scintillating presentation with fresh ideas for the audience to take away. Mike will be recognised by many attending due to his three decades with BSRIA and his contribution to myriad industry boards and committees.”

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Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE, will be the after-lunch presenter. A double Olympic gold medallist, Kelly became only the second woman in history to claim the 800m and 1,500m titles in the same games. She will talk about the ups and downs of her career on and off the track and what it takes to achieve your goals. Drawing on her time with the army, as well as her athletics career, she will look at effective team building as well as the importance of physical and mental health and wellbeing.

More detailed information about the event is available at:


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