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Day one of Velux's Build for Life conference features Chris Precht talk and COP26 panel discussion

A talk by Chris Precht, a panel discussion about the outcomes of COP26, and a talk about the importance of natural light are some of the highlights on the first day of Velux's Build for Life digital conference.

Running from 15 to 17 November, Build for Life sees over 90 experts from around the world discuss climate-related challenges and solutions in the built environment.

The online programme will be delivered from two main stages in Copenhagen: the Compass stage and the Daylight Symposium stage.

Dezeen is also hosting a series of talks throughout the conference from London, which will be moderated by Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs and live-streamed on Dezeen.

Find out about the Dezeen sessions here, see the full Build for Life programme here, register for the full conference here and read on for some highlights from today's programme.

Speakers for the COP26 panel discussion at the Build for Life conference

How can we enable the learnings from COP26 to reinvent cities?
9:30am London time (10:30am Copenhagen time)
Compass stage

Broadcast live on Dezeen, this panel discussion see Fairs in conversation with Cécile Brisac, founder of Brisac Gonzalez, Christopher Trott, head of sustainability at Foster + Partners, and Cassie Sutherland, programme director at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

The discussion will focus on COP26 in Glasgow, which finished on 12 November. It will examine the outcomes of COP26 and what the built environment can take from it in order to reinvent cities.

A portrait of Lidia Morawska

What is the impact of air quality in buildings?
11.30am London time (12:30pm Copenhagen time)
Compass stage

Queensland University of Technology professor Lidia Morawska will discuss the importance of optimal indoor air climates in buildings.

The talk will also focus on how aerosol transmission awareness has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic and examples of healthy indoor air climate solutions for homes, workplaces and schools.

A portrait of Juri Troy

Why does good design matter for sustainability and longevity?
2:00pm London time (3:00pm Copenhagen time)
Compass stage

Juri Troy, founder of Juri Troy Architects, will discuss how Austria-based building Sunlighthouse became a "lighthouse for sustainability" through its wooden construction, approach to daylight and good design principles.

A portrait of Yvonne de Kort

Training the integrative light designers and researchers of the future
9:30am London time (10:30am Copenhagen time)
Daylight Symposium stage

Eindhoven University of Technology professor Yvonne de Kort will present a talk focusing on light and health.

A portrait of Chris Precht

Wanderlust and Build for Light/Build for Life
2:30pm London time (3:30pm Copenhagen time)
Daylight Symposium stage

Studio Precht founder Chris Precht (pictured) will present a talk titled Wanderlust focused on natural light in the built environment.

The session will also see Louise Becker, global design principal at Henning Larsen, will present a discussion titled Build for Light/Build for Life.

Velux's Build for Life conference takes place online from 15 to 17 November 2021. For details of more architecture and design events, visit Dezeen Events Guide

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