Futurebuild, the event that’s championed a sustainable built environment for the past 16 years, is back. Taking place from 1-3 March at excel, the event will connect specifiers, decision makers and ‘disruptors’ with major brands and start-ups from across the built environment.
Staged in the aftermath of the COP26 conference, Futurebuild (previously known as Ecobuild) will be perfectly timed to focus on the key issues and actions needed to work towards net zero.
The focus is no longer about ambition — it is about delivery. Attracting over 20,000 senior professionals from right across the built environment, Futurebuild is the perfect opportunity for the industry to meet and collaborate face to face, to achieve the transformational change needed if the built environment is going to reach net zero by 2050.
Labelled the “home of innovation” by the organisers, Futurebuild 2022 will be organised into six sections — Buildings, Offsite, Interiors, Resourceful Materials, Energy and Critical Infrastructure.
Sponsored by Construction Innovation Hub, Futurebuild 2022’s conference programme will explore some of the key questions and issues around “closing the gap between net zero ambition and delivery.” Panels of industry experts will share their experiences on a range of topics, from embodied carbon to investing in education, skills and diversity.
The second day of the conference programme, for example, will focus on “leading transformative change,” including a panel discussion about how the built environment can lead by example to raise aspirations. Futurebuild commented: “If the industry is going to achieve net zero, it must nurture a talent for excellence.” With this in mind, Bea Natzler, senior analyst, business and buildings, at the Climate Change Committee, chairs a panel discussing how the built environment can “engage more widely and move from following orders to being more influential,” and ensure that delivering net zero is a fundamental part of all contracts with clients.”
COLLABORATION IS KEY
The event will showcase over 250 leading brands – companies who are developing the innovative technologies, products and solutions. Visitors can participate in the ‘Innovation Trail,’ which highlights the event’s innovation partners. The winners of the Big Innovation Pitch, a competition that celebrates new approaches to the biggest challenges facing the industry, will also be announced during the event.
Futurebuild commented on the event’s important role in the current context: “By bringing together individuals and companies from all areas of the built environment, we can accelerate innovation and provide everyone with access to the products and processes needed to deliver change.”
Martin Hurn, event director at Futurebuild, concluded: “Now it is more important than ever to meet in person and do business face to face because our exhibitors and attendees are all working towards a common goal — achieving net zero.”