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09 Aug 2010 10:08:29

Leading commentators line up for BEST

Jonathan Porritt, Wayne Hemingway and Michael Pawlyn are the latest high profile speakers confirmed to for the inaugural BEST (Built Environment Solutions and Technologies) Show taking place 18–20 October at the NEC, Birmingham.

The trio join an impressive line up of major industry experts including Paul Morrell, chief construction advisor, Mark Prisk MP, construction minister, and Liz Peace, chief executive of the British Property Federation.

BEST is shaping up to be a must attend event for the built environment, bringing together the industry's biggest suppliers showcasing leading edge technology and innovation in the sector.

BEST features 6 free, high profile seminar programmes each hosted within a dedicated hub, featuring key suppliers and product showcases of leading edge technology and innovation in the built environment. The six hubs are: education; commercial property; residential; low carbon; retrofit; and local government.

Jonathan Porritt CBE, co-founder of Forum for the Future, the UK's leading sustainable development charity, will address the low carbon hub at 11:00 on Wednesday 20 October, looking at how the industry should act now to meet the 2050 Low Carbon Commitment. He will explain how better construction can reduce carbon and create fundamental change in carbon emissions.

Michael Pawlyn is a founder member of the UK Green Building Council and will be assessing how new technologies can minimise the environmental impact of commercial buildings in the BEST commercial property hub. He will be speaking on Wednesday 20 October at 13:30.

Wayne Hemmingway, the outspoken campaigner for quality social housing, will star in the residential hub, examining how modern design can be achieved within budget for standard new homes. As a founder of Hemingway Design, specialists in affordable and social housing, Wayne will be highlighting examples where communities have been created through functional and well-designed housing. He will be speaking on Monday 18 October at 13:30.

All of the seminars are free to attend. Entry to the BEST Show is free for visitors who register in advance through our website.

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