Buildings for the future


The construction industry is leading the way in developing new technologies to transform how buildings and spaces have been traditionally created. This session explores how the industry is moving towards a low-carbon approach to construction with some excellent examples around building components, new innovative products and developments that could transform which was once an energy intensive industry. The Buildings for the future theme will demonstrate that all the technology and ideas are tried and tested and the huge opportunity there is in Wales to live and work in a low carbon home and community.



Ian Turner – CEO Cool-Curve Ltd

Cool-Curve is  incorporating remanufacturing into the design requirements to help avoid valuable components and materials being wasted at the end of the lamp’s life – or what Cool-Curve have called “Product Regeneration” – not only bringing the original product back to life but improving it to the latest technology status.



Martyn Lucas – Managing Director Carapace Slate Ltd

Carapace slate is the UK’s first self-aligning, rapid-snap-fitting roof slate with all the natural character of Welsh slate. The roof-tile made of recycled slate from North Wales is lightweight and has the unique ability to harvest solar thermal energy, whilst remaining completely hidden from the outside, reducing emissions and energy bills.


Darren Crossman – Principality Stadium


Principality Stadium will share developments around a new project integrating Solar PV, battery storage and trails on LED lighting replacements for pitch growth.



Dr Glen Peters – Chief Executive Western Solar

Western Solar have recently built Pentre Solar, a small village of six Welsh timber houses in Glanrhyd near Cardigan. The tenant’s fuel bills are expected to be a fraction of their neighbours and they will even get the use of a shared electric car. Western Solar plan to build 1,000 homes over the next 10 years, with the help of partnerships including housing providers and investors. This will demonstrate the technology is available to develop villages in the interest of future generations.


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