The Net Zero Workplace
Cavendish Conference Centre, London + Online
9:30am – 5:30pm GMT+1 followed by Drinks Social
How should we design and manage our workspaces to comply with the upcoming legislation around Net Zero?
Set against the backdrop of the requirement to reduce carbon emissions, our themes include changing employee behaviour using the design process, the gamification of the workplace, occupancy management, reducing embodied carbon, active travel, and case study examples of new build as well as decarbonising existing offices.
This event isn’t another talk-shop, but aims to provide very actionable pointers for workplace professionals to take away.
The conference will be of vital use to workplace consultants, change managers, occupiers, managers, designers, architects, and suppliers.
There will be ample time for networking and the conference will close with our customary drinks social.
There are good reasons why so many workplace professionals return to our events and conferences time and time again. Here’s just a few of them:
- Quality, pitch free presentations for practical benefit.
- Meet and network with like-minded workplace professionals.
- Mingle with established thought-leaders in workplace.
- A non-commercial, relaxed environment.
- Access to video recordings after the event.
- Support the environment – we plant a tree for every delegate place booked.
- Award-winning sustainable venue.
- Complimentary post-event drinks social.
- CPD certificates available on request.
- Access to a full delegate list ahead of the event.
- Join our exclusive LinkedIn Group for all our past and present delegates.
Registered delegates receive access to a full delegate list ahead of the event so they can prepare to meet old and new connections.
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The first of our sessions announced!
Every Individual Needs To Be a Climate Activist
- Georgia Elliott-Smith, Element Four
Georgia Elliott-SmithElement Four
An environmental engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, Georgia started her career as one of UK construction’s first Environment Managers. Following an Antarctic expedition, she became UNESCO Special Junior Envoy for Youth & the Environment, speaking to young people around the world on environmental issues. Founder and Managing Director of sustainability consultancy Element Four, Georgia works with organisations such as the Bank of England, Nike and Deloitte to deliver more sustainable projects and business practices. A critic of traditional approaches, Georgia promotes “disruptive sustainability” – a combination of best practice and activism that generates purpose and drives actions necessary to achieve meaningful change in industry. She has also delivered a TEDx talk in 2021, encouraging people to change the way we do business. Since 2020, Georgia has been challenging the UK government in the High Court over the proposed UK Emissions Trading Scheme and its failure to uphold the Paris Agreement. She is also one of the campaigners opposing the rebuild and expansion of the Edmonton Incinerator.
Responsible Consumption and The Workplace
- Ian Baker, Head of Workplace, EMCOR UK
Ian BakerHead of Workplace, EMCOR UK
Ian is Head of Workplace for EMCOR UK, a leading facilities management company. Heading up the client facing workplace consultancy, he's an advocate of how workplaces can contribute to an organisations productivity, employee engagement, health and wellbeing. A strategic thinker and agent for change, Ian combines data with his knowledge and skills as a workplace leader to promote evidence-based designs that improve workplace performance.
Changing Employee Behaviour to Net Zero, Nudging in the Design Process
- Anicee Bauer, Environmental Psychologist & Design Professional
Anicee BauerEnvironmental Psychologist & Design Professional
The Gamification of the Net Zero Workplace
- Mark Bruno, Ampersand Partners
Office buildings in the UK lose over £60 million in wasted energy every year. In the City of London alone, the energy wasted could power 65,000 homes. In order to drive down energy use and achieve net zero goals in the workplace, we must find better ways to collaborate and change behaviour.
Enter CUBE, the UK’s first competition to tackle the dual challenges of occupier engagement and energy efficiency improvement in commercial buildings. It’s an innovative approach that brings landlords, building managers and occupiers together and, through gamification, mobilises them to reduce their consumption – i.e. the logical first step to net zero.
With monthly rankings and an annual awards ceremony, the challenge mirrors a sports season. The competition has been running successfully in France for 6 years and has reduced building energy use by an average 12% and up to 55% year on year, just by changing behaviour and basic reprogramming, and without major investment.
Early adopters include Landsec, Stanhope, Savills, The Howard de Walden Estate, Workspace Group and RO Group. We’ll hear the perspective of both the organisers and the participants in this exciting session.
Mark BrunoAmpersand Partners
Mark Bruno is a Partner at Ampersand Partners, a management consultancy helping business leaders understand how sustainability is transforming the commercial real estate market and how best to create advantages from it. He is also Chief Ambassador for the CUBE competition in the UK. He has over 20 years’ experience in technology, property and consulting in the UK, US and Asia, much of it in entrepreneurial growth stage companies.
Dynamic Scheduling: Managing Workspace to Net Zero
- Neil Usher, Chief Workplace & Change Strategist, GoSpace AI
The climate emergency is finally driving organisations to consider the environmental impact of workspace alongside their own needs and those of their people. Yet known approaches to workplace occupancy and existing space management technologies embed wasted space. Until the pandemic, this waste was accepted as the norm. Now, however, a new genre of AI-driven dynamic scheduling offers the opportunity to meet all three needs.
Neil UsherChief Workplace & Change Strategist, GoSpace AI
With over 30 years in industry as a property, workplace and change leader, Neil has delivered innovative environments for organisations in a variety of sectors, all over the world including Warner Bros., Honeywell, Rio Tinto and Sky. He is now Chief Workplace & Change Strategist at GoSpace AI, creators of the only dynamic and intelligent workspace management application available today. He leads the advisory arm of the business, providing strategic and practical advice to clients on creating and operating human-centric workplaces in a hybrid world. He has been actively blogging about work for over a decade. His first book The Elemental Workplace was published in 2018 and the follow-up Elemental Change in 2020.
BCO Report - The Impact of Active Travel on Real Estate and the Workplace
- Neil Webster, Director, Remit Consulting
“British Council for Offices calls on businesses to include active commuting in ESG policies to combat carbon emissions”.
March 2022 saw the launch of the updated BCO 2017 report looking at the rise of cycling and active travel, and its impact on office specification and investment. The report was written by Remit Consulting and commissioned by the BCO. The update in part was designed to take account of the implications of the global pandemic. The 2022 report concluded that active travel was at a tipping point. Since this report, the market has continued to expand and mature driven by a range of factors.
Neil outlines the findings and recommendations from the report, and Remit Consulting continues to look into the drivers of change along with occupier demand and landlord sentiment and their relationship to active travel.
Neil WebsterDirector, Remit Consulting
Neil is the founder of the management consultancy Cyclo Consulting and a Director of Remit Consulting. He focuses on real estate and active travel strategies for large organisations - public and private. He is currently assisting corporates, health Trusts and local authorities on their estate transformation programmes. How real estate and the workplace interfaces with active travel has been an interest of Neil’s for over a decade. He authored the BCO report – The Market Cycles – in 2017 and is currently updating [has updated] it for 2022, leads tours of workplace cycling facilities and curated the Club Peloton member event “Bikes, Brains and Workplace”. More recently, also with Remit, he led a team reviewing the cycling facilities of over 700 buildings for a major corporate. Not surprisingly he may be found on a bike from time to time!
Embodied Carbon in the Workplace – Focus on Process not Projects.
- Adam Strudwick, Principal, Corporate Interiors, Perkins&Will
Perkins & Will are currently working with some major international clients such as Netflix, Unilever and EBRD who are taking a game changing approach to reducing embodied carbon in their real estate portfolio’s.
A tour of what Perkins and Will have learnt since we launched our manifesto focusing on Net Zero Interiors and how we believe championing major industry wide process change is the only way we can make the great leaps forward required to match our climate goals.
Adam StrudwickPrincipal, Corporate Interiors, Perkins&Will
Adam has built his career in the commercial workplace industry, working at various scales, and in a range of locations around the world. But most importantly, there is a driving force behind all his designs – creating democratic workplaces that are sustainable for the future. As we spend the majority of our day working, Adam is passionate about delivering places that make people happier, and better able to do their job. Coupled with this, he is keenly aware that as a society we are using too many resources, and he aims to limit his impact on the planet through environmentally responsible design. His care for the environment goes beyond his working life too. As a sustainable and healthy way to travel, he is an advocate of cycling, and believes it will be the future of commuting for most people. For Adam, it is a great way to get in some exercise, drop his kids off at school, and still get into work with time to spare!
Case Study: Quadrum - A New Net Zero Workplace in Victoria, London
- Speaker to be announced,
Quadrum, the global real estate development, investment management and advisory group, has commenced construction on its sustainable office redevelopment at 11 Belgrave Road, which will deliver 108,000 sq ft. of Grade A space in Victoria, London. The scheme is the first in the UK to achieve an Excellent 5.5-star NABERS UK design-reviewed target rating for building efficiency and one of only three to be pre-certified across the country.
Designed by Eric Parry Architects, the project is being constructed by BAM Construction. When complete in Q4 of 2023, it will transform the existing site into 108,000 sq. ft of net zero carbon office accommodation. 11 Belgrave also includes 14,000 sq. ft of communal spaces and best-in-class facilities, including a 3,300 sq. ft café and 4,600 sq ft gym. In addition, 13,000 sq. ft of exceptional green space designed by landscape architects Gillespies will be seamlessly woven throughout. There will be storage for 178 bikes, 5-star spa-style changing rooms with 19 showers, and 177 smart lockers.
Speaker to be announced
- Jeremy Campbell, Executive Director, EMCOR UK
Jeremy CampbellExecutive Director, EMCOR UK
Jeremy has a passion for the never ending pursuit of excellence actively encouraging organisations to work collaboratively to unlock value and co-create business solutions to build a better sustainable world for everyone. He is vocal with his support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a supporter of UK Charity Water Aid, and is an advocate of business creating real diversity, inclusion and social value. As a Member of the Institute for Collaborative Working(ICW) and a pioneer of business to business collaborative working relationships he was part the BSi’s Technical Committee to create and launch IS044001:2017 Collaborative Business Relationships leading EMCOR UK to be one the first six companies worldwide to achieve ISO 44001 accreditation. Jeremy also sits on the Advisory Council for ICW and is currently leading a Special Interest Group encouraging collaboration for both the sustainability and de-carbonisation agenda.