Canada-UK Sustainable Building Network gets down to business

The Canada-UK Sustainable Building Network is getting down to business with the launch of its new website aimed at providing an online platform for the sharing of news and best practices.

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The Network will also co-host its first joint event next year when the 5th Building Forum comes to the UK for the first time.  This Forum will bring to London experts from across Canada, the UK and Europe to discuss the major theme for 2015 ‘Sustainability in the urban built environment’.

The Network – first announced at Ecobuild 2014 in London – was created to both build on existing relationships and to foster new partnerships in industry, academia and government centred on sustainability in the built environment. The dedicated website will be a vehicle for sharing best practices while helping to develop and strengthen trade and investment links between Canada and the UK.

The Network is supported by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and High Commission of Canada in London, working alongside UK Trade & Investment and the British Consulate in Toronto. When the Network was launched in Toronto, Canada in June 2014, then British Consul General Jonathan Dart noted:

“Canada and the UK strive to construct sustainable buildings and communities, both to reduce Co2 emissions and to improve the quality of life for those whom inhabit them. Innovation is central to these efforts, and sharing innovation through this Network can only be a good thing.”

Canadian High Commissioner to the UK Gordon Campbell said of the new Network and the upcoming event in London:

“In the build environment, in our efforts to create sustainable, liveable communities – as in so many other areas – Canada and UK share common goals. The creation of this Network will not only strengthen existing relationships, but will also help forge new ones.”

Save the Date:

Monday, March 2nd
Canada House on Trafalgar Square

The first project hosted by the Network will be the Canada-EU Green Building Forum which has become a much anticipated event on the European sustainability calendar. On the eve of Ecobuild 2015, this meeting will draw together experts from across Canada, the UK and the EU at the newly-revitalised Canada House to discuss sustainability in the urban built environment.

Presenters and panellists will seek common ground on topics such as high-rise living, renovating the urban environment, tall wood and policy making. The first keynote speaker to be announced is Canada’s High Commissioner in the UK Gordon Campbell who is also the former Premier of British Columbia and Mayor of Vancouver, both which are global leaders in sustainable development.

The Network is now inviting interest from individuals and organisations who would like to take part in the forum. Further information is available at www.cuksbn.org where visitors can also join the Network.