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Drivers, Challenges and Approaches to Innovation in the Construction Sector

The lecture will use the challenge of mitigating carbon emissions to illustrate how new methods of innovation are being developed in the construction sector.

The need to mitigate carbon emissions led to the Climate Change Act in 2008 and the unprecedented challenge of 80% carbon reduction for the UK Built Environment by 2050. Reducing the carbon impact of existing buildings has a potential cost of £500bn by that date, involving the retrofit of around 27m homes. This will require a systems approach including new financial and business models, new technologies, scale-up of
skills and supply, and a collaborative approach to product and service development.

The lecture will use this challenge to illustrate how new methods of innovation are being developed to address the need for cross-domain collaboration. Examples will be drawn from various organisations including Arup, which has demonstrated a knowledge management and innovation methodology linking foresight with practice via research.


Professor Jeremy Watson | talks


Date and Time:

17 March 2011 at 5:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Lecture Room 9
Mill Lane Lecture Rooms

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CONNECTIONS Lecture Series
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