Healthy Products, People, Planet: Do plastics have a role in healthy buildings?

Date: 01/11/2018   Time: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm   Location: Bristol, BS1 6XN

Human health and planetary health are by very definition inter-related…we can’t have one without the other.

The impacts and implications of the widespread use of plastics in the construction industry are just beginning to be understood. These impacts are prevalent across the whole life cycle; from material extraction, manufacturing and delivery; to toxicity and fire hazards from products in use e.g. hydrogen cyanide; and continue through to end of life – disposal, recycling or re-use. The construction industry is the second largest user of plastic, with 20% of plastic waste coming from the construction sector. It is estimated we produce globally 300MT of plastic annually with 50% of this being single use.

The ASBP is not advocating a ‘plastic-free’ built environment. We are material agnostic, and champion optimum outcomes for sustainability. However, we do advocate an approach that wherever possible the use of plastic products in construction should be confined to specialist high value, low volume application areas such as binders, seals, tapes, gaskets and services. Basically, to areas where the use of the plastic derived products can significantly enhance the overall performance of the building and where alternatives are not readily available.

Broadening this out, we look at effective source control. Is this just as important as good ventilation? What does a healthy building look like? What monitoring should be conducted, and at what cost?

We then look at the bigger picture and examine what are the impacts of construction on our carbon budgets. Are we on track to make the reductions we need to? What are the embodied carbon figures for construction? How do we measure embodied carbon and how does the circular economy impact on all of this?


13:00 Registration

13:30 Welcome and introduction from the ChairSimon Corbey, Associate Director, ASBP

13:40 Reducing plastic in the built environment Gary Newman, Executive Chair, ASBP

14:00 Ventilation, source control and IAQ – Ian Mawditt, Director, Four Walls 

14:20 Healthy buildings – Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and Woodland Trust HQHester Brough, Project Architect, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

14:40 Measuring and monitoring for health and well-beingLaura Roberts, Chemist, PPM Technology

15:00 Refreshments

15:30 A carbon portrait of construction – Jannik Giesekam, Research Fellow, University of Leeds and CIE-MAP

  • An update on progress in reducing carbon emissions from the UK built environment
  • A review of the carbon targets set by UK construction firms
  • An overview of guidance and best practice on reducing whole life carbon on construction projects

15:50 An update on the ICE databaseCraig Jones, Director, Circular Ecology

16:10 The circular economy in construction – Katherine Adams, Research Associate, ASBP

  • A view on the most beneficial ciricular economy strategies for the many different types of products and buildings
  • What are the critical success factors for embedding a circular economy
  • How do we move from rhetoric to practice

16:30 Discussion: How to reduce plastic in the built environment?

17:00 Close


There are a limited number of exhibition spaces available to ASBP and The Green Register members. To enquire, please contact Richard Broad at



  • The Green Register and ASBP members – £55.00 (Early bird rate until 02/09/18)
  • The Green Register and ASBP members – £65.00
  • Non-members – £89.00 (Early bird rate until 02/09/18)
  • Non-members – £99.00


  • BOOK 3 PLACES FOR THE PRICE OF 2! – Book your places online as normal and we will deduct the cost of the 3rd place once your booking is received. This offer may not be used in conjunction with other offers.
  • EARLY BIRD RATES! – Book before the 2nd September 2018 to benefit from discounted rates.

Online booking: via The Green Register website.

This event is co-hosted with The Green Register.


Address: Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN, BS1 6XN

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