Innovation in building materials is a must for sustainability

Berkeley St James development at Wood Lane, West London under construction

At Future Cities Forum's 'Net Zero Cities' debate this October, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, architects Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners and Bath University, tackled the importance of investment into the research and design of innovative materials in order to address the problem of carbon emissions.

The IPA's Head of Commercial Projects Advisory, Stephen Dance, spoke of the importance of using the right materials in construction for sustainability. The IPA has been discussing the need to include the natural world in a place-based approach to infrastructure and the creation of sustainable places:

' There's a massive onus on cities to do this, in Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, London and other cities too, to look at integrated housing and sustainability plans. What we need from central government is strategic interconnecting infrastructure and the Integrated Rail Plan coming soon w