FIS Conference: Embracing change in the finishes and interiors sector

We have decided to go virtual for our annual conference this year, but rather than ask you to carve out a day, we want to make September a month focussed on understanding the drivers, embracing change and seizing your future in this amazing sector.

Net Zero

Recorded : 8 September

In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.   The Prime Minister has subsequently pledged that the UK will “Build Back Greener” with 2021 being the “defining year of climate action”.

The construction sector will need to reform to support this goal and The Construction Playbook reinforces the commitment to:

Take strides towards our 2050 net zero commitment and focus on a whole life carbon approach to fight climate change and deliver greener facilities designed for the future.

The CLC Roadmap to Recovery has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery.  But what does all this actually mean to projects in the finishes and interiors sector.

Our keynote speakers covered:

  • Net Zero and the impact on design – Adam Strudwick, Perkins+Will
  • How Net Zero will impact construction procurement decisions – Anna Baker, Careys plc
  • Net Zero, how to bring a focus to support change on your projects – Elina Grigoriou, Grigoriou Interiors

These speakers were then joined by Philip Brown, Owner of Meronden Ltd to look at the key trends that are driving change and how the finishes and interiors sector is and will need to react.