Follow the Roadmap to Sustainability at Working Buildings 2008

As energy costs rise and the need to reduce carbon emissions grows, many businesses are looking to their facilities managers to cut energy use and create a more sustainable business model. Greater public scrutiny is making environmental performance almost as important as financial performance in today's business climate.

Featuring three co-located exhibitions, Working Buildings 2008 will take place on 8-9 October 2008 at London's Olympia. Visitors to this year's event will benefit from an innovative and relevant series of FREE seminars which set out a Roadmap to Sustainability. Each of the three events which make up Working Buildings 2008 - M&E The Building Services Event, Total Workplace Management and Energy Solutions Expo includes a seminar area dedicated to a wide range of topics around the issue of sustainability.

Organisations are looking to reduce their carbon footprint, develop sustainable procurement methods and keep up with new legislation. Managers involved in any of these issues have a bewildering and ever-growing array of responsibilities and options. The Roadmap to Sustainability offers assistance and information to those involved at all levels in the journey to sustainable business, with expert speakers covering all the key issues.

Facilities managers coming to Total Workplace Management will learn about their role in designing sustainable buildings, and in influencing the supply chain. Engineers and contractors at M&E will hear about the latest legislation and technology for sustainable building design. To visitors at Energy Solutions Expo, speakers will be addressing sustainability at the strategic level, looking at carbon in organisation, carbon trading, and energy management.

The seminars will feature leading experts including Peter Snowdon, Senior Energy Advisor at Shell International, Gita Katbamna, Head of Change Management for GlaxoSmithKline Worldwide Real Estate and Harry Morrison, General Manager for The Carbon Trust Standard.

Topics covered include How to decide what sustainable steps are most suitable for an individual business. How to win staff buy-in for the strategies and how to put ideas into practice. Part L for energy efficient buildings, energy performance certificates and air-conditioning checks. How to manage energy use in your buildings and keep the business sustainable in the long-term. How to carry the sustainable approach further by 'greening' the supply chain and encouraging clients to also take a sustainable approach.

As part of the Roadmap to Sustainability, an online Starter Pack will be available - providing hints on how to start saving energy straight away as well as providing information from leading professional organisations including BIFM, CIBSE, HVCA, FETA, the National Energy Foundation and others. The pack will bring together information on topics such as Energy Performance certificates and carbon calculators into one place so that you can build your own Sustainable Roadmap for your business. The pack will be available to all visitors to Working Buildings 2008.

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