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Drivers, Challenges and Approaches to Innovation in the Construction Sector

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  • UserProf. Jeremy Watson, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department for Communities & Local Government and Global Research Director of Arup
  • ClockThursday 17 March 2011, 17:30-19:00
  • HouseMill Lane Lecture Room 9.

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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.

There will be a drinks reception at Darwin College after the talk. Please register for the talk and the reception here .

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) series.

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