Glasgow conference to shape the development of our towns and cities


CITY Building, one of Scotland’s largest construction firms, has been confirmed as a headline sponsor for a leading global conference focusing on the future of the built and natural environment.

Around 400 delegates from over 50 countries will come to Glasgow for the 22nd International Association of People Environment Studies (IAPS) Conference, which is being held at the University of Strathclyde’s John Anderson Campus from 24 – 29 June.

IAPS will explore human behaviour and experience in both the built and natural environments, and will concentrate on the relationship between research, practice and policy and how this can significantly impact on socially and environmentally sustainable development.

The Conference will bring together some of the world’s most influential specifiers, planners and decision-makers, and will help to shape the future of the built and natural environment in the UK and EU.

City Building, Glasgow City Council’s arm’s-length construction company, recently received a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, in recognition of its commitment to the development of sustainable housing.

The company has formed a unique partnership with Glasgow Housing Association to build four prototype ecological and affordable houses, the first of their kind in Scotland. The Glasgow House initiative applies high levels of insulation, solar thermal panels and the use of solar gain to reduce energy consumption by 75 per cent to help tackle fuel poverty.

In addition, City Building runs Scotland’s largest apprentice centre with training programmes which focus on the importance of sustainability in construction through its pioneering renewables apprenticeships’ scheme.

City Building managing director, John Foley, said: “As one of Scotland’s largest construction firms we place great importance on delivering sustainable housing and ensuring the built environment has a positive impact on people’s lives.

“Our support for the IAPS Conference underlines this commitment, and will present a unique opportunity for delegates from across the globe to share the latest research and identify new innovations in energy-efficient construction.”

A spokesperson from the IAPS Local Organising Committee, said: “The IAPS Local Organising committee are delighted to have City Building on board as a Gold Sponsor for the Conference. This will enable them to highlight the work that they undertake to an international audience during such an exciting conference.”