Spotlight on industry growth and market priorities at Ecobuild 2016
Ecobuild, the UK’s largest show dedicated to construction and energy, returns in March (www.ecobuild.co.uk) with an increased and in-depth focus on the latest industry trends, challenges and opportunities – and how professionals from across the whole supply chain can capitalise on them.
Ecobuild 2016 will provide visitors with access to invaluable industry insights and projections relating to all aspects of the construction sector through a mix of a high-level conference, CPD-accredited learning hubs and more than 800 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of new products, materials, solutions and services.
Attracting more than 40,000 industry professionals from across the whole supply chain each year, Ecobuild is the leading exhibition and conference for the UK construction and energy market. It attracts a broad range of visitors from architects to manufacturers, suppliers to installers.
The 2016 event will see an evolved proposition for the event to focus on areas of industry growth and market priorities such as housing, infrastructure, next generation innovation, technology and people.
Dedicated days to Homes, Architecture and Next Generation
Ecobuild 2016’s high-level conference is split into three daily streams. The first day’s stream of Homes, sponsored by BRE’s Home Quality Mark, explores the most pressing, divisive and important decisions that the industry must take to deliver comfortable, sustainable, resilient places and homes. What do new-build and retrofitted homes and communities need to deliver, and at what cost?
The second day focuses on Architecture and looks at the changing role of the architect, the importance of architecture across the built environment, the need for change and some of the most interesting and inspiring architectural projects.
The Next Generation day looks to the future: how smart technology, changing demographics and wellness will drive design and construction in the future as well as how to address the skills gap and attract young talent to the industry. Ecobuild’s most exploratory, provocative and inspiring day – it is a must for all those with an interest in ‘what’s next’.
Each stream will include input from the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), Ecobuild’s lead partner for 2016, which will be addressing the future of the built environment.
Following the agreement of a new global deal at the recent climate conference in Paris, UK-GBC will be explaining the role the private sector can play in helping ensure the pledges made are delivered.
UK-GBC Chief Executive Julie Hirigoyen will pose five future challenges for the construction industry on each of the three conference days to a panel of industry leaders and future leaders, inviting them to respond with practical ideas on delivery. UK-GBC will also provide more bite-sized content at the UK-GBC Lounge.
Ecobuild’s essential educational offering
Ecobuild 2016 will also feature six CPD-accredited learning hubs; Infrastructure Revolution, Design, Energy, #BuildCircular, Building Performance and Digital Building. A highly-provoking seminar programme, it will provide visitors and exhibitors with the know-how to do their jobs better and the business case to help them make more informed decisions to address these challenges.
The programme will be delivered by industry leading figures and organisations including Architype, Glenn Howells Architects, Marks & Spencer, British Land, Jones Lang LaSalle, BRE, ICE, Zero Carbon Hub and Willmott Dixon Energy Services.
The Infrastructure Revolution hub, powered by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), includes a diverse conference programme exploring the requirements and scope for innovation to deliver world class infrastructure projects.
Debates range from ‘What are the future demands of urban infrastructure – what are the key requirements to support community creation and growth?’ and ‘How are major new infrastructure projects embracing sustainability? Key resilience criteria’ to ‘Fostering true innovation – where and how can we build this into specification?’ and ‘Making sure we don’t miss opportunities to innovate – what place is there for smaller scale innovators in the supply chain?’
Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Skinner, Senior Manager, GLA, David Ferroussat, Infrastructure Procurement Director, Heathrow, Chris Williamson, Founder, WestonWilliamson & Partners, and Honoré van Rijswijk, Director, FRONTWORK.
Focus on increasing resource efficiency
Resource is a show that is collocated with Ecobuild. It is devoted to increasing resource efficiency across all aspects of the construction industry and beyond. Resource is unique in its focus and scale, being the largest learning and networking opportunity for businesses and public sector bodies looking to reduce waste and reuse materials, recovering value from what was traditionally ‘waste’.
The newly introduced #buildcircular theatre acts as the learning, innovation and networking hub for those interested to explore which circular economy principles could and should be adopted in the built environment, from modular construction, offsite construction, building design, materials lifecycle thinking and construction through to intelligent demolition.
Reflecting the construction industry, Ecobuild is constantly evolving; ensuring that it continues to provide relevant, dynamic content and create opportunities to make new connections.
Visitors will find a wealth of specialist support and solutions – and much more besides – at Ecobuild 2016.
Ecobuild 2016 is co-located with Resource, the leading resource efficiency event, from 8th to 10th March at London’s ExCeL. For more information please visit www.ecobuild.co.uk.