ecobuild 2018: The event shaped by the industry
ecobuild is returning to the ExCeL London in March 2018 and under the new ownership of Futurebuild Events Ltd, things are set to be very different. The event is being designed and built around the industry, giving construction professionals the chance to experience the latest products and debate and discuss changes to government legislation.
The event is not only being shaped through comprehensive industry feedback, but also with direct input from leading industry influencers. These include Lynne Sullivan, Nathan Baker, Darren Richards and Peter Murray, who are all members of the ecobuild Steering Group, which is helping to set the agenda for the event.
The CPD-accredited conference programme
This year’s conference takes its lead from global environmental targets, with sessions reflecting the concerns of the built environment industry and formulating practical recommendations for action.
A number of key themes and focuses will run through the conference programme. The programme kicks off with a session looking at some of the most pressing global issues, delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda. It will be chaired by the former Labour Head of the Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley, and will feature keynote speaker, Paula Caballero, Global Director of the Climate Programme at the World Resources Institute – one of the driving forces behind the development of the SDGs.
Day one will also see a panel debate dedicated to discussing the housing crisis, exploring how more homes can be built without sacrificing the qualities that make sustainable, durable places. The session will be chaired by Independent Advisor, Paul Toyne.
On day two, a panel discussion on the response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy will be chaired by Jane Duncan, head of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety, exploring how the industry can ensure it learns and implements the lessons and bring about systematic change.
Day three of the programme will see Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at the UK Green Building Council, lead a session on the sustainability report for the UK. The panel discussion will explore the UK property and construction sector’s performance, and how it can go further.
ecobuild Sustainability Showcases
Surrounding the conference arena will be the ecobuild sustainability showcases, home to the some of the most innovative solutions to the issues facing the built environment. Among these is the Zero Bills Home Lite from ZEDfactory, which has been designed to minimise fossil fuels and annual energy builds, as well as a demountable Passive Pod House from the Building Research in Architecture group.
There will also be a Natural Building Products café, where experts will be on hand to provide demonstrations and information about natural building materials and techniques.
The futurebuild districts
Surrounding this will be a series of futurebuild districts – each focusing on a distinct, critical segment of the built environment.
The Offsite district will return for a second year in partnership with Explore Offsite, featuring ground-breaking offsite construction solutions and masterclasses. The area will also play host to the Offsite Buyers and Specifiers Forum.
The Building Performance district is where leading brands responsible for providing the envelope of buildings will showcase the latest construction materials, products and technologies. Visitors can also hear from experts as part of the district’s seminar programme, sponsored by Kingspan. Gwyn Roberts, New Homes and Communications Team Leader at BRE, will be leading a panel discussion on how to deliver quality homes on day one of the event.
New for 2018 is the Timber district, in association with the Structural Timber Association and supported by Wood for Good and TRADA. This will be a showcase for the latest technological innovations and systems, alongside the Timber Talks seminar programme.
Another new addition is the Concrete district, delivered in association with The MPA Concrete Centre, British Precast and This Is Concrete. Here, information and inspiration will be shared around the potential of concrete as a sustainable material.
Other districts include District Energy, Infrastructure, Green & Blue Infrastructure and Energy & HVAC.
You can register for a free ticket at www.ecobuild.co.uk/register.
ecobuild is the ‘must go’ event in the construction industry calendar for forward thinking companies, senior professionals and influencers.
Under the new ownership of Futurebuild Events Ltd., ecobuild 2018 (06-08 March at ExCeL London) will be a fresh new format that’s nothing like an ordinary trade show. The event will bring together the most innovative brands, speakers and experiences; thought provoking, valuable content, and an unparalleled opportunity for sharing ideas, networking and relationship building.
The centrepiece will be the comprehensive conference programme curated by top industry figures and the ‘futurebuild districts’, each exploring a different aspect of the built environment.
Industry professionals can share their thoughts on how they want the event to look, by contacting the ecobuild team on social media using the hashtag: #ecobuild