Ecobuild has revealed its plans for the 2018 show to be held 6-8 March at ExCel London, after its acquisition by Futurebuild.
The cityscape layout of the 2017 show will continue in 2018, placing the dedicated Ecobuild Conference arena at the heart of the show. Sustainability will be at the forefront of the agenda, as the redefining sustainability campaign continues through the coming year, culminating in the conference itself.
Next year’s conference programme will unite the many distinct communities that make up the built environment, supported by themed destinations and inspiring feature areas to be known as the Futurebuild series.
The Futurebuild series range from major civil infrastructure, district energy and green infrastructure to the opportunities for sustainable design and innovation across the full breadth of materials and technologies driving the future of construction.
Building Performance and Energy will emphasise new technologies, performance and efficiency across renewables, energy, smart buildings and HVAC, continuing to be a key part of the Futurebuild series.
The latest construction materials, products and technologies will be showcased at the show’s Design & Build district, featuring brands across windows, doors, roofing, cladding, insulation, surfaces, BIM and more.
The district will encourage exhibitors, delegates and visitors to look beyond the construction and design of buildings to consider the wellbeing agenda across new build refurb and retrofit projects. The UK’s largest gathering of international pavilions will also be at the district.
A new showcase district will focus on timber as it addresses the versatility and significant health and wellbeing properties of wood. A series of timber masterclasses are set to take place, discussing the industry’s solutions to the growing housing crisis, while the Buyers Forum will connect timber manufacturers/suppliers with key buyers and specifiers.
Major suppliers will return to Explore Offsite, as a series of events, masterclasses and awards are set to celebrate the opportunities offered by offsite technology and its role in the future of construction.
A focussed Concrete section will be introduced in 2018, comprising a curated area that will highlight the many ways in which designers and specifiers can use concrete and masonry construction to deliver a sustainable built environment. The Concrete and Masonry zone will offer visitors access to leading manufacturers, solution providers and industry bodies as the go-to area for expert advice and the latest product information in concrete and masonry construction.
Society’s infrastructure needs will be explored in the Infrastructure series, from cities to transport and the challenges that come with meeting this needs in the long term and the solutions that a digital world can offer.
All aspects of green infrastructure will be showcased at the dedicated Green Infrastructure, including water management, external landscaping, biophilic design, biodiversity, green roof technologies and the growth of green infrastructure as a building service, maximising occupier and community wellbeing.
The District Energy area will feature the UK’s largest gathering of district energy heating and cooling network suppliers,hosted by the ukDEA in association with Danish and Swedish Embassies.
Ecobuild’s managing director, Martin Hurn, said the 2018 event will focus on both innovation and the materials that can be used to create a more sustainable built environment, while also showing live installations and demonstration of the ways in which we use them.
The 2018 event will be a great opportunity to network and connect. A Corporate Advisory Board has been set up to help steer the show, involving select partners and key stakeholders.
James McLoughlin, Group Marketing Director at BRE explained that a series of BRE Academy masterclasses will be offered, covering topics from BREEAM and BIM to Responsible Sourcing and Change Management.
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