Building for the future

This year marks the 10th anniversary for Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Taking place this year from the 4 – 6 March, Ecobuild will bring together some 40,000-plus industry professionals, 600 speakers – including ministers, professors and academics – and a vast array of exhibitors at London’s ExCeL.

What’s on
Ecobuild 2014 will feature an unrivalled information programme. At the heart of it is debate, learning and information exchange, led by internationally renowned academics, ministers, industry leaders and celebrity speakers. All speakers will now appear on the show floor and there will be two spectacular arenas to house the conference programme.

The three-day programme will cover a wide range of issues from energy policy and the future of our cities right down to the right way to deliver zero carbon homes and buildings that work as designed.

As well as the education programme, Ecobuild is set to host the most comprehensive showcase of sustainable construction products in the world. Visitors can see innovative solutions and get practical advice with dozens of inspiring and interactive attractions. Plumb Center is returning with its hugely popular Practical Installer, which offers live demonstrations and advice on how to take advantage of the emerging renewable technologies market.

New for 2014
A three-day event allowing industry professionals to network, discover new products and explore innovative solutions has the potential to be overwhelming so for 2014 Ecobuild will introduce three core sections to the event to make the show experience better than ever before.

The Sustainable Design and Construction zone focuses on the topic that has been at the heart of Ecobuild since it launched a decade ago. Here, visitors can learn about the latest design ideas, future construction materials, lighting and technical solutions to sustainable construction challenges. New and existing innovations, such as the role of Building Information Modelling (BIM), will be a central feature of the 2014 show.

The Future Cities zone will incorporate a range of topics from biodiversity and greening cities to infrastructure, water and waste, technology and transport – all of which are crucial to creating a sustainable future for an ever changing global population.

The Energy zone addresses another hot topic for Ecobuild 2014, championing key energy issues and providing guidance and practical advice on policy and legislation. This area will include a range of features on renewable energy, resource management and energy efficiency.

Hosted within the Energy section of Ecobuild 2014, visitors will be able to discover the hugely popular feature, Solar City in association with SMA Solar. Formerly known as the Solar Hub, Solar City will feature seminars and practical demonstrations covering all aspects of the solar PV market in the UK. Visitors can listen to live debates and practical case studies from industry experts.

Exhibitor innovation
Richard Osbourn, Concreate says:

“We are looking forward to meeting crowds of enthusiastic eco home builders and developers at 2014’s Ecobuild as we think we have a product that will tick many of the boxes on sustainable building as well as offering a completely new eco-approach to interior decorative surfaces.”

EcoLED is launching an extension to their ZEP series of LED up and down lights at Ecobuild, by introducing the new miniature ZEP 3 and 6.

James Cadisch from EcoLED says:

“Although the price of LED has been a stumbling block in recent years, LEDs in general are becoming more affordable. LEDs have become so advanced and reliable that pay back periods can be gained in some cases in under two years.”

EcoCurves, Egoin Timber and Steico are among the exhibitors showcasing timber products at the event so if you are currently considering using timber in your project, a trip to Ecobuild will allow you to hear the latest thinking surrounding the versatility and sustainability credentials of timber. Builders and developers will see new timber structures, wood windows and doors, glulam and cross laminated timber.