The BCFA supports and encourages its members to follow a code of sustainable best practice. The BCFA itself is a member of FISP the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme which promotes best practise to drive social, economic and environmental change, via continual improvement of member’s business operations. To support this BCFA members have a sustainability network that holds two forums each year that allows members to meet, exchange experiences, ideas and to hear of latest developments from leading sustainability experts.
Speaker 1: Elina Grigoriou
Topic: SKA rating, Sustainability & Furniture for the Future
Elina Grigoriou is a London-based Interior Designer, Sustainability and Wellbeing Expert who passionately believes that style and sustainability can be mutually inclusive. She is an industry specialist in designing for wellbeing, conducting research and applying knowledge at every opportunity, continuously raising awareness of best practice on designing for wellbeing and sustainability in the built environment. Elina is a RICS Accredited SKA rating assessor, and her support and technical involvement in the SKA rating initiative since 2007, has been instrumental in bringing the system into effect. She represents GI as a RICS SKA Development Partner, is the SKA Technical Advisor to the RICS, and is Chair of the SKA Technical Committee; in addition, she advises on its future development and international expansion.
Elina will talk about the SKA rating assessment method, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit-outs, how it works with FISP accreditation and will become increasingly important for the contract sector going forward.
Speaker 2: Richard Naylor, Sustainable Development Director at Hypnos
Title: Hypnos: A Decade of Positive Action
Board level executive specialising in sustainable innovation and design; sustainable development strategies; developing and negotiating sustainable supply chains; sales and marketing strategies all within a framework of profitability, quality and compliance.
Speaker 3: Chris Francis, UK Sales Manager at Enkev (UK) Ltd
Topic: The move towards using more natural fillings, starts with baby steps, not giant leaps.
Chris Francis UK Sales manager for Enkev and I’ve been working in the furniture and bedding sectors for almost 34 years. During this time I’ve worked within Retail, B2B and B2C Manufacturing, UK Domestic and Contract sectors, including the supply of fillings/foams as components and product development. I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked internationally including a project for the supply and installation of contact furniture for the Saudi Royal Family.