FOOTPRINT Brighton – The UK Property Event for a Zero Carbon Future


FOOTPRINT brings together all sectors of the property world who need to reduce their carbon emissions, with people who can show them how to do it.


FOOTPRINT will tackle how the UK property industry will meet the UK’s commitment to become Net Zero by 2050, local government aspirations to get there sooner and translate the ‘Build Back Better’ agenda into action. Held along Brighton’s seafront overlooking the wind farm, it will bring together developers, funders, local authorities, consultants, trade and government bodies from across the UK, to accelerate action against climate change.


Through a programme of exhibitions, live launches, speaker events and high level round-table discussions, the event will focus on how to deliver on carbon targets and legislation.


The conference will showcase emerging technologies for tackling the property industry’s 40% contribution to the UK’s total carbon emissions, and will provide a forum to rethink how buildings are designed, built and repurposed. The major themes for the inaugural conference will be Materials and the Circular Economy, Zero Carbon Energy and Efficient Buildings – topics crucial to reducing carbon.

A list of speakers already signed up can be found here:


Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “We are pleased to offer our support for FOOTPRINT. A UK-focused property show providing a much-needed platform to discover, discuss and exploit opportunities for carbon reduction in the built environment is essential. Our city is the perfect place to showcase it. We have an ambitious local environmental target of a zero-carbon footprint by 2030. The built environment poses an enormous challenge in achieving this, so an educational conference which can provide a roadmap to achieving this is to be embraced”.


What’s happening between now and 2022?

Before the doors can open on the event in Brighton, we are developing a library of members and projects demonstrating the progress toward the Net Zero property industry that is already being made. Climate change is not going to be put on hold by Covid-19, and we think it’s essential to put people in touch right away.


Table Talks

Over the coming year, we will be hosting a series of face to face Table Talks on a variety of topics. Click here to find the latest conversation between architect Andrew Waugh and developer Francis Hilton on the realities of Building in Wood:


Coming soon we will be exploring how automated waste systems cut costs and carbon with AHMM’s Paul Monaghan and Envac’s Dave Buckley and ways to reduce the embodied carbon in structures with Heyne Tillett Steel’s Mark Tillett and architect Ben Adams.


Members are invited to propose topics for relevant talks, and they are always fun and interesting.


Endorsements/ Quotes

Paul Monaghan, founder AHMM: “At last a conference that adresses the key issues facing design, construction and development in the UK. The only way of solving the climate crisis is through collaboration. The rich mix of consultants, clients, stakeholders and government together with the great location will make FOOTPRINT a great success.”

Francis Hilton, developer: “Despite the global impact of Covid-19 the UK property industry is resilient. FOOTPRINT will provide a forum for everyone to create a deliverable agenda for sustainable growth in the UK.”

Tim Pyne, founder FOOTPRINT: “The clock is ticking, and the property industry still has to make significant changes to policy and technology to achieve this goal. FOOTPRINT is the forum where the roadmap to a carbon neutral property industry will be written.”