Leaders in UK innovation unite at FutureBuild

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Futurebuild 2024 is set to welcome three of the UK’s biggest drivers on Innovation in the Built Environment. The Carbon Trust, Innovate UK, and the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero will be taking over the innovation focused seminar stage, FutureX Innovation, for a day of content focusing on, and titled FutureX Heat Takeover – Innovation to Decarbonise Heat.

All three organisations will have a large presence in the surrounding exhibition, hosting innovative brands and showcasing projects with cutting-edge solutions to decarbonise heat. This includes projects funded through the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP); its Heat Pump Ready programme, Green Home Finance Accelerator, and more. All projects and attendees will have a chance to network and engage with experts from all three organisations in their Innovation Café.

Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director at Innovate UK, is looking forward to the event. He said: “The Futurebuild audience is highly knowledgeable and reaches across many different sectors critical to a net zero built environment.

“We have partnered this year to showcase the programmes and projects on innovation to decarbonised heat along with our colleagues in the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero. A full day takeover, in one place, to hear it all!”

Will Rivers, Senior Manager of Heat Decarbonisation at the Carbon Trust, highlighted the importance of developing new and innovative ways of decarbonising heat in homes.

He said: “Decarbonising heat in homes is a significant challenge to reaching Net Zero. Fortunately, the UK is home to some of the world’s most exciting energy innovators, pioneering new solutions to enable us to heat our homes affordably, flexibly, securely and with lower carbon emissions.

“We welcome the opportunity to be a partner in the Futurebuild FutureX Heat Innovation takeover, showcasing some of the latest innovations being supported by UK government funded programmes including Heat Pump Ready and the GHFA.

“We have been working closely with these projects and through their innovations we get a glimpse of the upcoming revolution in low carbon heating. Futurebuild is the perfect place to bring them all together to tell their story.”

Key sessions and speakers

Key content sessions for the FutureX Heat Takeover include:

  • Design matters! Improving the survey, design, and installation process of low-carbon heating technologies
  • Industrialising Retrofit: improving the process of net zero heat upgrades to buildings – chaired by Dr Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director for Net Zero Heat and Innovate UK with Lynsey Brydson, Head of Digital Programmes at BE-ST
  • Working smarter, not harder. How smart and flexible heating systems can improve performance and the customer experience
  • Fast-tracking innovation: barriers to the adoption of innovation in the energy efficiency retrofit market – including speakers Girvin Gill, Policy Advisor at Sustainable Energy Association, Samantha Mant, Founder and CEO at Halcyan Water Conditioners and Simon Ayers MBE, Chief Executive at TrustMark

For a full list of sessions and speakers across the three days, please visit here.

Commenting on the FutureX Heat Takeover, Martin Hurn, Event Director for Futurebuild said: “The FutureX section of Futurebuild is always an energising and exciting space, and we are delighted to host our three FutureX partners for the takeover. Their collective expertise will undoubtedly elevate discussions, offer unparalleled insights and inspire any audience.”

Join us at Futurebuild 2024 to be part of this transformative experience in the field of sustainable building and environmental innovation.

To register for your place at Futurebuild and see the full events timetable click here.

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