This seminar will discuss the future for the UK construction industry - looking at innovation and key trends, improving delivery and energy efficiency, and the future of the construction industry business model.
A key context for discussion is the Construction Sector Deal, which sets out the policy framework and direction for a partnership between government and the construction sector, and the next steps in driving forward innovation, productivity and developing workforce skills.
Discussion will also bring out latest thinking on how the sector itself needs to develop, with the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee warning that the construction sector’s business models are not supporting the demand for new homes and infrastructure, and following the announcement of a £2bn fund to support the delivery of affordable housing.
Sessions examine the use of innovation in the sector to reduce costs and enhance production of smarter buildings with better whole-life performance - including through use of on-site energy generation and storage and greater use of off-site manufacture - and further ways to support the sector to improve the efficiency of design and construction of buildings, increasing energy efficiency in the build stage and use of digital technology.
The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss plans outlined in the Deal to develop an agreed set of proposals to improve contractual and payment practices within the sector, and as the Government takes forward measures which aims to end late payments to small business from larger companies.
Delegates will consider implications of the skills needs of the construction industry - particularly looking at how best to utilise the £406m investment in STEM training, the future for retraining and retaining those within the sector through the National Retraining Scheme, and the development of new apprenticeship standards - with the Construction Sector Deal committing to implementation of the CITB review of the industry training boards.
We also expect discussion on implementation of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge, including challenges for Government and industry to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030, and key issues for delivering the £170m Transforming Construction Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.