The MCCM, along with the CIOB, will once again be present at the MARE Summit this year.
As we all know, the construction industry is a lattice of private and public sector stakeholders, representing various regulators and professions. The summit promises to be the point of confluence of this extensive network. Bonnici Group, Attard, Vassallo, and Alberta are just a few of the many companies that will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the event.
Additionally, the summit has secured a prime spot for relevant authorities like the Environment and Resources Authority, Lands Authority, Housing Authority, and Gozo Regional Development Authority, among others, to share their latest policies, schemes, and resources with attendees.
Many of the topics that the summit intends to address will be familiar to our esteemed members. The topic of safety, unfortunately at the forefront of industry concerns this year, will be one of the protagonists of the 2023 edition, with a panel discussion focused on the importance of adhering to safety regulations in construction (Safety Pays – Improving Safety in Construction – June 2nd, 12:40 PM) and a conference about Maltese fire safety, featuring Liz Barbaro Sant, director at Alberta (Through Fire and Water – State of Play of Maltese Fire Safety – June 1st, 12:50 PM).
Some stakeholders are calling for state regulation to establish permissible and sustainable limits in the long run. It is clear that the demand for an economy aligned with the country’s environmental, social, and governance values is here to stay, and capital providers will insist on such values at the beginning of any new projects. This financial prioritization of an economy that brings benefits to a country’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) values will be extensively dealt with in a panel discussion moderated by David Xuereb, president at the Malta ESG Alliance (The ABC’s of ESG – Understanding One of the Key Drivers of Investment – June 2nd, 12:40 PM).
Topics related to sustainable engineering and architecture will have a strong presence at this year’s event. Professors Daniel Micallef, Antoine Gatt, and Alexia Mercieca will deliver three specialized conferences about implementing nature-based solutions and designing spaces for people experiencing cognitive decline (Building the Environment – Contemporary Approaches to Sustainable, Inclusive, and Resilient Habitation – June 1st, 4:45 PM).
A panel discussion will focus on the often-overlooked role of building services engineering and facilities management in the context of the critical decade that lies ahead (Buildings, at Your Service – The Role of Building Services Engineers in a Critical Decade and Beyond – June 2nd, 10:35 AM).
If established targets are to be met, a significant effort to increase both the rate and depth of current energy renovations will be required. A panel discussion will explore the role of renovation in achieving energy and climate targets in Malta (Surfing the Renovation Wave – The Role of Renovation in Achieving Energy and Climate Targets in Malta – June 2nd, 3:30PM).
Enabling more efficient and sustainable building design, construction, and operation is critical. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the technologies whose implementation has the potential to significantly contribute to achieving these targets. Mark Borg and Zachary Rizzo, from iAS, will be delivering a conference on the importance of this technology both from the management and from the design sides of the equation (Making the Case for BIM – A Game-Changer for Architects, Engineers, and Construction Professionals – June 1st, 1:30 PM).
The building industry can contribute to achieving a net-zero economy by promoting the construction of sustainable buildings that are certified and documented. Abigail Cutajar, LEED Accredited Professional Expert, will be one of the three speakers that will be speaking about the Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Sustainable Buildings (Greening the Built Environment – Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Sustainable Buildings – June 1st, 3:50 PM).
At a more macro level, the summit will also feature two conferences related to urban planning and design. The first, “Creating Joyful and Engaging Urban Spaces for All” (June 2nd, 4:00 PM), will focus on the importance of designing public spaces that are inclusive and promote community engagement. The second conference will showcase successful and unsuccessful case studies from international collaborations between public and private sectors, highlighting the use of IT and human-centred-design practices to build successful cities (Future-Proofing Our Cities – Do’s and Don’ts of Sustainable, Smart, and Liveable
Urban Planning). As the construction industry continues to evolve and face new challenges, it is critical that stakeholders stay informed and engaged with the latest developments in the field. The National Property Summit promises to be an invaluable opportunity to connect with peers and thought leaders, learn about the latest trends and technologies, and gain insight into the best practices that will help drive success in this dynamic sector.
MCCM members can take advantage of exclusive member rates when attending or exhibiting at the summit, so be sure to contact the organising committee to learn more about how you can get involved.