Conference Agenda

A packed agenda covering the key issues in ESG, Impact Investment, Sustainability & Social Value in Residential Markets

8.30am Pre Conference Networking Session Delegates arrive from 8:30am when an informal breakfast is provided, and a chance to network with other attendees, before the conference starts at 9:30am
9.30am Opening Conference Session
  • Welcome and Introduction from the Chair
  • The rise of ESG in Residential Property
  • Understanding the overall role of the Real Estate Industry on Climate Change – how does the construction and operation of real estate contribute and what are the motivators and capacity for change?
  • Understanding the timeframes, and how political will, legislation and certifications, including those in the financial markets which fund the industry, are changing how we do things.
  • How can the Residential Property Market itself best approach Environmental, Social and Governance issues, to become a diverse, representative, modern & impactful sector?
  • What do the E, S & G really mean to the Residential Development Industry?
  • Why have these issues now become such a talking point?
  • How can the industry develop measurable standardised benchmarks that everyone can work towards?
  • What do all these certifications actually mean and which are the most relevant to Residential?
  • Which measures are the most meaningful?
  • How can those in the Residential Industry adapt to ensure they have the correct skillsets, supply chains and personnel moving forward to deal with Climate Change?
  • What should leading companies in the industry now be doing to mitigate future risk, make the most of the opportunity, and get the right processes in place to deliver what they need to?
  • Where is the most carbon wasted in construction and how can this be addressed?
  • What is embodied carbon and how should we approach it?
  • How can we measure embodied carbon and make reasonable decision about whether to demolish or refurbish?
  • What does ESG mean to the general public, homeowners, and small scale landlords?
  • How are we preparing for changes to the way we live with heating, lighting and electric cars amongst other big changes?
  • How will the energy industry actually be able to provide what we need and how engaged are homeowners?
  • What are the realistic timeframes?
11.15am Coffee and Networking Break
11.45am Middle Conference Session
  • What actually is an impact investment?
  • Busting the myths on what makes an investment have genuine social impact value.
  • What kind of Residential Investments work best and what sort of strategy and targets should be set?
  • The Investor view on ESG in the Residential Sector and Subsectors
  • How are investments in Build to Rent, Student Housing, Retirement Living and Affordable Housing viewed, when it comes to Social Impact?
  • What measures and processes do investors now have in place when considering investments and what are they looking for?
  • How can investors deliver an investment that has real, measurable social impact, and still achieves the required returns?
  • At what point are those investing money willing to compromise on lower returns, versus the social impact of the investment?
  • Operational Residential Real Estate Panel – ESG at the forefront of Management
  • How can an operation be more ethically and environmentally conscious?
  • Reducing operational carbon – how can this be achieved and what measures are we seeing?
  • How can operators take a more holistic approach to the mental and physical wellbeing of their residents?
  • What measures can be put in place to support residents in their working lives?
  • How can a strong social and activities programme improve the overall community?
  • How does a good approach to ESG futureproof the value of a brand, investment and lead to higher rates of customer retention?
  • What are the current examples of best practice?
  • Where does technology fit in and what positive lessons were learnt from the pandemic?
  • How can we get to net zero and what is the effect on the overall operational costs of the necessary measures?
1.10pm Networking Lunch Session for Speakers & Attendees
2.10pm Afternoon Conference Session
  • How can we retrofit residential buildings to reduce the carbon footprint?
  • What methods can be used?
  • What can we learn from other sectors?
  • How can we calculate when to refurbish, and when to demolish?
  • How important is embodied carbon when making this decision?
  • Are Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) the solution to low carbon & zero carbon building?
  • How can the industry transition from traditional construction methods to MMC?
  • What is the effect of MMC on budget and timeframe when delivering a residential scheme?
  • What is holding MMC back?
  • Zero Carbon Housing – a case study
  • How can a zero carbon home really be achieved without offsetting anything?
  • What is the green premium for those buying such a home?
  • Should zero carbon homes offer a planning advantage?
  • Delivering Low Carbon, Socially Conscious Housing – Panel Session
  • How can the Residential Development Sector and subsectors approach new methods of delivery and evolve the product to suit modern lifestyles?
  • Is delivering low carbon homes now the main priority and what steps are being taken?
  • How can a developer best approach low carbon housing delivery?
  • What can we learn from other countries and other industries?
  • What methods of construction best suit zero carbon delivery and what timeframe is realistic for achieving this goal?
  • How can we create sustainable, socially conscious developments and communities that support healthy lifestyles and resident wellbeing?
  • What is the local authority view on this and how can we create modern urban footprints which suit ESG priorities?
  • How can we create schemes with wider societal benefits?
  • The Future of the Residential Development Industry – how can we modernise what we are about?
  • How can the sector evolve into a modern, diverse environment, which engages with communities and attracts the leading talent?
  • How can developers better engage with the communities around them when delivering a scheme and how can they demonstrate their social credentials, to make a real impact?
  • What are the key design elements of a scheme to maximise wellbeing and social impact?
  • How can we attract a more diverse and representative workforce which better reflects the wide range of customers?
  • How can we engage better with younger people and attract a wider range of skillsets and people into the industry as a whole?
  • How can we make the building industry more attractive and accessible to the general?
  • Will we ever be able to get a wider, more representative section of society to engage more with the planning sector and have a say about what is delivered around them?
4.15pm Closing remarks for the Chair
4.20pm Conference Close and Networking Drinks Reception