The importance of sustainable drainage systems (SuDs) and the need to find better ways to manage surface water were the subject of a panel discussion held by the ICE at the Futurebuild conference in March.
The discussion looked at the ideas generated at recent SuDs brainstorming session – known as a design sprint.
As a strategic partner of Futurebuild, the ICE had an exhibition stand at the event where it raised awareness of sustainable water practices and gave information about its 2019 water knowledge programme (picture above).
The ICE Water Refill Station, sponsored by Wavin, also offered a drinking water refill point for event attendees.
Futurebuild’s seminar programme featured a session on water challenges facing the UK. ICE past President and Stantec executive technical director David Balmforth, was one of the panel members. He discussed development in water challenged areas.
ICE engineering knowledge director Nathan Baker said: “Futurebuild is dedicated to tackling the biggest challenges facing the built environment, including sustainability, so it was the ideal forum for the ICE to share its water knowledge. Responsible water resource management is vital for a sustainable future and the ICE is supporting sector professionals with comprehensive knowledge resources.”
The discussion focused on the climate change challenge and how the construction industry can help achieve a net positive contribution.
The final day of the main Futurebuild programme also featured a panel session on engaging with the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs). ICE council member and Metropolitan Police Service construction director Emma Kent was one of the speakers.