Healthy Buildings 2019 Programme


9.00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

Session 1: Understanding the context and problem - The effects of plastics on our environment and health

10:00 Simon Corbey - Associate Director, ASBP - Welcome from the Chair

10:10 Professor Stephen Holgate - Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology and special adviser on air quality to the Royal College of Physicians

We are delighted to welcome back Professor Stephen Holgate who will update us on his technical working group on indoor air quality.

10:30 Emily Penn - eXXpedition founder, Parley for the Oceans and Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador

Emily Penn is an oceans advocate, skipper and Cambridge University Architecture graduate. Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition - a series of all female voyages which focus on the relationship between plastics and toxics and female health - and working on solving the ocean plastics issue with Parley for the Oceans.

10:55 Exhibitor products showcase

15 product suppliers and manufacturers will be given 2 minutes each to showcase their products and update us on their journeys to using the less plastic in their products and processes.

11:25 Refreshments and exhibition

11:55 Professor Sean Smith, Director of Sustainable Construction, Edinburgh Napier University

Plastic in Construction: Circular economy improvements and innovative substitution from other products

Professor Sean Smith will cover the impacts of plastics and current usage areas within construction. What are the opportunities to re-use existing plastics and remove from waste land fill? What improvements in other product areas may replace some plastics in use? What are some of the key issues the industry is bringing up in relation to plastics waste?

12.20 Dr. Stephanie Wright - Research Associate, King's College London

Dr. Stephanie Wright will update us on her research into microplastics - microscopic pieces of degraded plastic which are a known marine contaminant with harmful impacts. Her research aims to capture and identify potential microplastics in air samples and, if of inhalable size, estimate human exposure levels and health impacts.

12:40 Speaker TBC

13:00 Lunch, networking and exhibition

Session 2: The journey to less plastic; what are the steps and the alternatives?

14:00 Dr. John Williams - Technical Director, BBIA

Dr. John Williams is an expert in bio-based and biodegradable industries and will discuss the the latest innovations in bio-plastics.

14:20 Kris Karslake - Sustainability Manager, BAM Construct UK

Kris Karslake is BAM's Senior Environmental Advisor and will update us on their journey to measure and reduce plastic consumption.

14:40 Ben Humphries - Director, Architype

Ben Humphries is a Director for leading sustainable architect practice Architype. Ben will discuss how the practice has developed low plastic, low carbon specifications on its projects, such as at the Enterprise Centre at University of East Anglia.

15:00 Martin Gettings - Group Head of Sustainability, Canary Wharf Group PLC

15:20 Refreshments and exhibition

Session 3: Plastics and Performance

15:50 Scott Pearce - Operational Policy and Development, Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Scott Pearce will discuss the topic of exposure to fire and toxicity in buildings; and how fire and rescue services are mitigating exposure to toxic substances. Scott will also give overview of cancer rates for fire fighters; can this be linked directly to toxic substance exposure? Finally, Scott will update us on the work of the National Contaminants Forum, hosted by the National Fire Chiefs Council.

16:10 Professor Anna Stec - Fire Chemistry and Toxicity, University of Central Lancashire

We are also delighted to welcome back Professor Anna Stec, one of the leading experts on fire chemisty & toxicity and an expert witness for the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

16.30 Gary Newman - Executive Chair, ASBP

Gary Newman will conclude the conference and will discuss the possible solutions. What are our next steps? What are the alternatives, and what are the 'low hanging fruit'? Timber windows, thermally modified timber, natural insulation?

17.00 ASBP Awards presentations and audience vote

Short presentations from the six shortlisted projects followed by an audience vote.

18:00 Drinks and networking plus ASBP Awards judge's overall winner and audience winner announcement

19.30 Close

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