Twelve faces of sustainability

Posted on by melanie

Sustainability is a multi-dimensional concept. NBS Live on 26 November managed to cover many of the dimensions in a short space of time. How did they do it? Melanie Thompson of Get Sust! suspects they had some special help … (can you guess what?).

The vast and empty central space of Islington’s Business Design Centre – the Victorian Royal Agricultural Hall, remodelled in the 1980s – is just the sort of eerie place where Cybermen lurk behind the heavily swinging service doors, or where shape-shifting mannequins congregate in the basement ready to pounce. But it is a great place for a construction industry CPD gig … honest!

As the rest of the world recovered from the previous weekend’s 50th anniversary Dr Who-fest, those in the know hopped on the Tube to Islington where the NBS was holding a birthday bash of its own: NBS Live, marking 40 years as the construction industry’s favourite specification and information provider. The event was billed as “Everything you need to know about the future of the built environment in just one day”. That’s a pretty ambitious aim.

I didn’t spot any men in stripy scarves or wearing fezzes in the audience, but they must surely have had some sort of Who-vian assistance to cram so much stuff into this event – one venue; four themed ‘rooms’; 77 speakers. Here’s my pick of eleven speakers on sustainability-related topics.

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