On March 4th, UK Trade & Investment and the High Commission of Canada to the UK will host the launch of the Canada UK Sustainable Building Network at Ecobuild. The Network has been established to foster collaboration between Canadian and British industry, academia and government on issues concerning sustainability in the built environment.
UK Green Building Council CEO Paul King and the Canada Green Building Council President Thomas Mueller will introduce the new Network. Both will speak to the importance of green building today and the value of international collaboration.
On the Network Mueller offered:
“Canada and the UK strive to construct sustainable buildings and communities, both to reduce CO2 emissions and to improve the quality of life for those whom inhabit them. Innovation is central to these efforts, and sharing innovation through this Network can only be a good thing.”
Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton Architects will lead a panel discussion on the top 10 priorities for the Network in its first two years. Panelists include KTN Modern Built Environment Director Deborah Pullen and HTA Architects Senior Architect Matthew Hoad.
The launch event will finish with the announcement of the winner of the 1st Canada Innovation Competition. Selected by a UK panel of experts, the Competition seeks to identify Canadian innovations suited to challenges in the UK construction market. The competition is run in partnership with the High Commission of Canada and the Building Research Establishment. The shortlist of six companies will be exhibited on the Canada Innovation Showcase at Ecobuild (Stand 950/51).
Jason Kee, Trade Commissioner at the High Commission of Canada said:
“In many ways, Canada and the UK share common goals. This network will only strengthen existing relationships and forge many new ones.”
The launch event is open to any visitor to Ecobuild.