Heidelberg Materials’ Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr. Nicola Kimm, Keynotes 3rd Net Zero Construction Conference

Heidelberg Materials’ Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr. Nicola Kimm, Keynotes 3rd Net Zero Construction Conference
Heidelberg Materials’ Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr. Nicola Kimm, Keynotes 3rd Net Zero Construction Conference

Giatec® Hosts Virtual Event to Bring Together the World’s Leading Sustainable Construction Innovators on March 2, 2023.


Giatec®, world leader in concrete testing technologies, is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Net Zero Construction Conference (N0CC), taking place on March 2. After a resounding success for the last two years, N0CC is set to be the biggest event yet, with industry leaders in sustainable construction to discuss advancing technologies, challenges, and progress toward reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.

This one-day virtual conference brings together leaders like Heidelberg Materials, NRMCA, PCA, and MIT in discussion to pave the way for a net-zero future. Presentations include:

  • Keynote Address – Decarbonising Heavy Building Materials with Dr. Nicola Kimm, Chief Sustainability Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Heidelberg Materials.
  • Responsible Sourcing and the Concrete Sustainability Council Certification with Matthew Lemay, Codes and Sustainability Programs Manager, NRMCA.
  • Data, Schemas, and Knowledge for Decarbonizing the Built Environment Sector with Dr. Anil Sawhney, Director of the Infrastructure Sector, RICS.
  • The Role of Free and Open-Access Data & Tools in Driving a Net-Zero Future with Stacy Smedley, Executive Director, Building Transparency.
  • Reducing carbon in precast concrete with power ultrasound – a case study with Deutsche Bahn with Dr. Nora Baum, CFO, Sonocrete.

Panel Discussion – Building for a Green Future features:

  • Dr. Aali Alizadeh, CTO & Co-Founder, Giatec – moderating
  • Craig Yeack, President & CEO, BCMI
  • Julie Buffenberger, Senior Scientist & Sustainability Principal, Béton Consulting Engineers
  • Dr. Eric Giannini, Director of Product Standards and Technology, PCA
  • Dr. Hessam Azar Jafari, Deputy Director, MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub
  • Dr. Pouria Ghods, CEO & Co-Founder, Giatec

“Every year, concrete production accounts for approximately 2 billion tons of Greenhouse Gas emissions, 8% of global CO2 pollution, and the built environment accounts for 39% of gross annual carbon emissions worldwide,” said Aali Alizadeh, Co-Founder & CTO, Giatec. “N0CC calls builders, designers, policymakers, and product manufacturers to discourse and action to drive sustainable construction forward.”

N0CC would like to thank Heidelberg Materials for their Platinum sponsorship, furthering our shared commitment to a green future, as well as MARCOTTE, BCMI, NRMCA, PCA, RICS, Building Transparency, Beton, Caidio, and Sonocrete for their support towards N0CC 2023.

N0CC is partnered with One Tree Planted to plant one tree per attendee and 100 trees per presenter. Join the conversation on March 2. For the full agenda and registration, visit netzeroconstructionconference.com.


Giatec is a global company revolutionizing the construction industry by bringing smart testing technologies and real-time collection and analysis of concrete data from production and delivery to placement. Giatec’s suite of hardware & software products has leveraged advanced technologies such as; Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT), including; wireless concrete sensors, mobile apps, and advanced non-destructive technologies (NDT) to drive innovation throughout concrete’s lifecycle and reduce concrete’s carbon footprint. For more information, visit https://www.giatecscientific.com/.

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