Futurebuild: Responding to the Emergency

IEMA joined 27,000 built environment industry influencers and shapers at this year’s Futurebuild, which took place 
from 3-5 March in London.

Futurebuild brings together professionals from across the built environment to share innovation and drive change. The 2020 agenda centred on ‘Responding to the Emergency’, with debates, presentations and discussions on how built environment professionals and organisations can respond to the climate and environmental emergency. 

IEMA’s Martin Baxter spoke on the main stage about the need for cross-sector working and common governance for the environment across the UK, as part of a wider session on ‘Putting the Planet First’, developed by IEMA and the Society for the Environment. Collaboration was a key theme, and most recognise that it is time to take action to reduce the industry’s effect on the climate – particularly in light of the Environment Bill, due to receive Royal Assent and come into effect later in 2020. 

Futurebuild was a great opportunity for IEMA members who work in the built environment sector to see industry-leading keynotes as part of the three-day knowledge programme, and to connect with innovative brands. IEMA hosted a stand at the event, as well as developing content for the programme, which meant we had great conversations with current and prospective members about the challenges they are facing and how IEMA can tailor its support for this industry.

IEMA began its partnership with Futurebuild in 2019 by contributing to the agenda and attending to support built environment professionals on their journey to sustainability. We have reaffirmed our commitment by attending again in 2020, and hope to continue this partnership in the coming years. 

Did you attend Futurebuild this year? If so, get in touch and let us know what you thought: [email protected]


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