Ecobuild returns in 7-9 March with an overarching theme of regeneration, which will be brought to life through an immersive exhibition and conference programme that will redefine sustainability, identify future growth sectors and tackle the housing crisis.
For facilities managers (FMs), this presents a unique opportunity to be part of the construction industry’s debate on the key issues that influence planning and decision making. Attendees will be able to broaden their knowledge through an extensive CPD-accredited conference and seminar programme, as well as network with thousands of sector professionals and suppliers including Eco-Airvent, Dyson, Oventrop, Flir, Fluke, Biotecture, Dulux Trade, Zeetec, Hitachi, Envirovent, Reflex and Altecnic.
To bring the regeneration theme to life, Ecobuild 2017 will see the show transformed into a ‘city’ – complete with a main street, distinct destinations and special feature attractions. Central to the experience will be Regeneration Drive, a boulevard running through the centre of the exhibition floor, linking different aspects of the show and enabling visitors to experience the very best examples of innovation and creativity from across the built environment.
As they make their way up Regeneration Drive, attendees will be introduced to key destinations such as The Arena – which will host the main Ecobuild conference programme that will redefine sustainability, identify future growth sectors and tackle the housing crisis – the Performance Lab, Build Circular, Green Infrastructure and City Hall.
Sponsored by BayWa r.e, the Performance Lab will help FMs get to grips with new wellbeing standards and impending legislation, including new energy performance standards. The key areas to be covered at the Performance Lab through an immersive seminar and conference programme are:
- The latest on how to guarantee that buildings are efficient and good places to live and work in
- How to make the most of what you’re building, and what you’ve already got, whether domestic or commercial
- Good building performance relies on good design, implementation and operation, learn how to make the most of renewables and smart building technology
Ecobuild’s building performance partner, CIBSE, will host daily sessions at the Performance Lab on indoor health and wellbeing, exploring how the WELL Standard relates to existing sustainability standards such as BREEAM and LEED.
Commenting on the sessions, Clare C Bott, director of marketing, CIBSE, said: “CIBSE is pleased to be Ecobuild’s building performance partner and Performance Lab lead; to encourage debate, knowledge sharing and cross discipline collaboration – the cornerstones of CIBSE, and continued improvement in building performance.”
With construction booming in London, the Performance Lab will also include a session which will examine the impacts of the Greater London Authority’s zero carbon standard, introduced in October last year (scheduled to take place on the second day of the show).
On the other side of the Regeneration Drive will be the Build Circular theatre, which will discuss how industry responds to the challenges of designing sustainable environments and look at all the ingredients for success from policies to design, delivery and infrastructure.
Build Circular, which is sponsored by BSI, will see representatives from leading circular-thinking businesses including: the Renewable Energy Association, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Interface, Arup, PWC and the Building Research Establishment take to the stage.
Sessions will range from resource and renewables in a post-Brexit economy, to activating circular business models, addressing climate change and reviewing the Government’s latest reports around sustainability that encourages better resource productivity throughout the life cycle of the built environment. David Fatscher, Head of Market Development at BSI will also be leading a session on the new BS8001 framework; the world’s first business-orientated standard for implementing circular economy in organisations.
The City Hall area is the destination for Ecobuild’s ‘Redefining Sustainability’ seminar programme, where topics include carbon reduction in the built environment, explored in a session hosted by Ecobuild’s strategic lead partner UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), as well as possible approaches to social sustainability.
Meanwhile, within The Gateway feature area, the ‘Green Infrastructure’ seminar sessions will discuss the various elements of an integrated approach combining green (natural), blue (water) and grey (engineered) infrastructure, to combat the negative effects of climate change and build long-term urban resilience. Topics will range from legislation around water management systems maintenance to the funding and stewardship of urban green and blue infrastructure by public sector bodies in times of austerity.
The Gateway is also home to the Civils Theatre in partnership with ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers), where visitors will discuss and explore national and community infrastructure developments including major projects. FMs will be able to learn more about major projects at the industry level and across the entire supply chain.
Ecobuild’s Big Innovation Pitch
Other features at the event will include Ecobuild’s Big Innovation Pitch with M&S as it reaches its climax and the finalists pitch live on stage at The Arena to M&S and a panel of industry experts. In this third year of the competition, the national retailer is on the search for retrofittable, commercial engineering solutions and innovations to reduce their water, gas and electricity usage across all their commercial and retail properties. The winner will have the opportunity to be fast tracked by M&S for trials across its commercial properties.
Discussing the opportunities up for grabs at the show, Martin Hurn, managing director at Ecobuild, said: “Ecobuild 2017 gives the industry the chance to come together to discuss the current landscape as well as solutions for the future, and we encourage visitors and exhibitors to engage with the free installations, learning and networking on offer.”
Free registration is now open to visitors. For more information on this year’s event, exhibitors and conference topics, visit: www.ecobuild.co.uk.