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Building the World of Tomorrow: innovation, carbon savings and sustainability

last modified Aug 12, 2015 02:38 PM

Experts and leaders from the construction industry attended the Building the World of Tomorrow conference at the Department of Engineering on 21 July 2015.

Prof. Campbell Middleton, Director of the LOR Centre, gave a presentation on smart sensors, outlining cutting-edge advances in building monitoring and the huge implications for the industry, especially in terms of reducing construction costs while improving safety.

Other presentations - which can be downloaded here - included:

  • Low-energy building design
  • Thermal retrofit in residential properties
  • Lessons learnt from the London 2012 Olympics
  • Constructing sustainable buildings and healthy living
  • High-performance and adaptive facades
  • Meeting the UK Government’s targets for carbon emissions
  • Attracting investment in urban sustainable development
  • Innovative, low-energy projects in Masdar City. 

Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Sustainable Buildings at the Department of Engineering, who hosted the conference, said: "It is crucially important that those of us in the industry take time out of our schedules occasionally to reflect and debate the challenges we face. The speakers at Building the World of Tomorrow really opened our eyes as to how to think about our buildings. Advances in our society often come when researchers and practitioners come together and events like this are enormously helpful in making this happen."