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Chair of CIC ’s Sustainable Development Committee to speak at All-Party Built Environment Group Conference

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The Chair of CIC ’s Sustainable Development Committee, Dave Hampton, will be a speaker at the forthcoming All-Party Parliamentary Built Environment Group Conference – Excellence in Design and Construction. The event will take place at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 11 October.

Spending Review 2004 rekindl ed commitments to invest in the built environment. Public building work remains especially lively, with funding for school buildings growing to £5.1bn in 2005-2006 and even larger sums channell ed into modernising the hospital building stock. This comes at a time when several areas of the Building Regulations are under review and the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is being transposed.

It is important these new buildings are high quality and built to last, allowing future as well as current generations to use and enjoy them. The way that buildings interact with the environment and surrounding communities is an increasingly significant question for the construction sector. Excellence in design and construction is therefore a topical aspect of the sustainability agenda.

This conference will examine the main issues introduced by leading stakeholders. The event will case study public buildings and refer to state-of-the-art in other developments. Acoustics, energy efficiency and fire safety all feature in design solutions that make our built environment adaptable, durable and safe. Senior representatives from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, Institution of Civil Engineers, Construction Products Association, Constructing Excellence and the Construction Industry Council will give presentations on the day. There will also be a keynote speech from Phil Hope MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The conference will be of interest to architects and specifiers, building owners and developers, as well as local authority departments concern ed . Parliamentarians, government officials and key m ed ia will also be present.