Towards Net Zero Conference

25th February 2020 at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Birmingham

About this Event

There can be no doubt that the greatest issue of our current times is that of the climate crisis. Our Innovation & Sustainability Thought Leadership Theme Group are working with others to address this problem to provide a guide to what that actually means to the construction sector. The aim is to create a ‘how to’ guide for the various parts of the supply chain.

This inaugural half day conference will set the scene, offer best practice case studies currently available and agree the forward agenda for CE Midlands. Anybody with an interest in the climate change agenda and who wishes to influence it’s future should attend this meeting from across the supply chain.


8.30am Registration with tea/coffee
9.00am Welcome & Introduction to the work of the CEM Sustain & Inn Group -
Noel Street, 3D Reid
9.20am Keynote Presentation: Verel Rodrigues, Extinction Rebellion
9.50am Transforming Construction for a Low Carbon future: Clive Dickin, National Federation of Builders
10.10am Mi-Space Existing Stock Case Study: AJ Eaton, Mi-Space
10.30am Tea/Coffee
11.00am How to get to Net Zero: Charlotte Booth, BE Design
11.20am Gaining commitment to addressing the Carbon Challenge: Dr Andrew Dewar, WSP
12.00pm Markets vs Mandates:
Chandni Ruparelia, Shakespeare Martineau
12.20pm Open Forum
12.35pm Summary & Close:
Noel Street, 3D Reid 5
12.40pm Lunch






Keynote Speaker: Verel Rodrigues, Extinction Rebellion

Verel graduated from Loughborough University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a master's degree in Renewable Energy Systems.

After graduating, he joined the built environment sector hoping to influence positive change and improve sustainability within the construction industry.

Verel became an active member of Extinction Rebellion in August 2019, because he felt the current actions to mitigate the effects of climate change were not enough, and that there is an urgent need to raise awareness of the climate emergency.


AJ Eaton BSc (Hons) MCIOB: Mi-Space Existing Stock Case Study

AJ has worked in the social housing sector since leaving university in the 1990's. Having worked on both the client and now contractor side, he has a unique insight in to the sector. AJ is a statutory director at the award winning Mi-Space and over the past eight years has led a team to quadruple the turn over of the business and established a reputation for delivering clients visions and values.  Mi-Space have recently delivered the largest Passivhaus development in the UK and are undertaking decarbonisation of existing properties for clients in the South West and Wales. 

They are also undertaking Energiesprong pilot programmes for three social housing clients. AJ is a part of the Constructing Excellence South West Board and plays an active part in the Innovation & Sustainability Thought Leadership Forum.  He lives in Devon with his family and enjoys cycling, recently leading a team to raise over £60,000 for Prostate Cancer on a sponsored bike ride to Amsterdam.

AJ will be speaking about the challenge of decarbonising existing stock to meet the commitments set out in the Clean Growth Strategy and Climate Change Act and what is involved with delivering the commitment. 


Dr Andrew Dewar - WSP: Gaining commitment to addressing the Carbon Challenge

Andrew brings calm to chaos. He uses expertise in psychology and continuous improvement to enhance performance and solve complex problems.

His innovative work has been published in academic journals, providing life-enhancing advice to people around the world.

Andrew’s knowledge has propelled him through a young but stellar leadership career, gaining awards in high level sport, third and public sector.

Andrew's career prior to WSP included working for Defra and the Environment Agency where he worked on a number of Sustainability related Change Programmes.

Andrew’s qualifications include: PhD motivational psychology, Chartered Psychologist, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, ISO 18404 accredited Lean Practitioner


Charlotte Booth, BE Design

With over a decade working in sustainable building design, Charlotte is passionate about innovating for low carbon future. Having worked across the construction sector, with particular experience in the residential sector, she is experienced in developing low carbon and sustainability strategies.

As well as sitting on the Constructing Excellence ‘Sustainability and Innovation’ Group, Charlotte is a Chartered Environmentalist, IEMA practitioner and CIBSE ‘Homes for the Future’ steering group member.


Chandni Ruparelia – Legal Director, SMHA

Chandni is both an energy lawyer and a real estate lawyer, advising a wide range of stakeholders in the energy sector.

She advises on both projects work and regulatory matters, and is also an active member of our international networks.

Chandni’ s clients include National Grid (the transmission system operator), Grain LNG (Europe’s largest LNG import terminal), renewable energy and battery storage developers and contractors, electricity suppliers and other retail energy clients.

Her practice encompasses advising on: property matters for energy developers, regulation on GB specific matters and contracts on a wide range of energy projects, particularly in the clean and alternative energy space.


Noel Street: CE Midlands Innovation & Sustainability Thought Leadership Theme Group

Noel is a Chartered Architect with over 30 years of experience in the Construction industry working with both Public and Private clients across multiple sectors of the industry.

A familiar presence within the Midlands property industry,Noel currently chairs both the Sustainability & Innovation Forum for Constructing Excellence Midlands and the Construction focus group for Innovation Alliance West Midlands. He also formerly chaired the Construction Industry Council – West Midlands and Birmingham Best Practice Club – Constructing Excellence.

Noel is a Director of 3DReid in Birmingham, a practice of international award winning architects, where hebrings an international mind-set providing an in-depth knowledge of complex developments operating in a highly regulated and commercially fluid environment.

He is responsible for both the business growth and operational delivery of projects across the UK for major Urban design, Commercial, Mixed-Use, Retail & Leisure, Residential, and Hotel developments.


Clive Dickin, Commercial Director at The National Federation of Builders

Clive joined the National Federation of Builders as Commercial Director in late 2018. He is passionate about making positive changes, improving profitability and creating a culture of service excellence.

Before starting with the NFB, in his early career, he worked for John Cleese – Video Arts training films and developed training systems with International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) working in the plant and tool hire sector. Following rubbing shoulders with the stars, Clive became CEO of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC ) in the building and mechanical services sector for construction. He then moved into aviation and was Ground Operations Director for Air Atlantique and National Director of the Air Ambulances. His varied experience led him to be a key leader within the NFB.

Clive is married with three daughters, his passion in work may be for continuous improvement but outside work it is for family, everything Solihull (home), rugby, formula one and cycling.


Nathan Annand - Group Product Manager at Hadley Group


Until: 25th February    Time: 8:30am - 2:00pm

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