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Energising 2016

Energy 2016 is the industry trade event dedicated to renewables, innovation and power solutions. FMJ tells you why the event will bring together everything from energy storage to biomass, from water management to renewable solutions under one roof

Energy 2016 is part of UK Construction Week (UKCW) and will be held at Birmingham’s NEC on the 18-20 October 2016. UKCW consists of nine shows under one roof, Timber Expo, Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2016, Smart Buildings 2016, Surface & Materials Show, HVAC 2016 and Grand Designs Live.

This is the event’s second year at the NEC and is being backed by leading industry bodies such as the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), the Energy Managers Association (EMA), the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and many more.

The event is looking to unite key figures from across the energy industry including architects, project and energy managers, engineers and developers.

Over 8,500 industry professionals attended last year’s event and with a programme of high-profile speakers, seminars, CPD workshops and a Hosted Buyers Programme, this year’s event is looking to attract similar figures.

Central to this years’ space will be the Energy Hub. Incorporating a mix of panel discussions, live debates and CPD seminars the Energy Hub content will look to address the core issues in the industry today as well as give insight into the latest regulations, policies and technologies.

The content has largely been shaped by the outcomes of the high-level debate hosted by Energy 2016 earlier in the year. Nick Blyth, policy & practice lead, IEMA will be opening this year’s event.

Speakers are set to include: Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, Andrew Mellor, partner at PRP, Mark Harris, divisional building technology director at Kingspan Insulated Panels and Sara Kassam, head of sustainability development at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

energy_3In addition to an Energy Hub, the Renewable Energy Association (REA)
will also host a range of half-day conferences throughout the show, covering topics such as energy storage and renewables in the built environment. What’s more, Energy 2016 will also host a VIP lounge bringing a string of high profile buyers and visitors to the show. The Energy 2016 VIP section will be located within the show’s footprint offering exhibitors the unique opportunity to interact with some of the biggest players in the industry.

Doubling in size from last year’s event, Energy 2016 boasts an impressive line up of industry leading exhibitors and is not to be missed by anyone in the sector.

Heavyweights such as Scottish Power, Pavegen, RES Limited and Flexisolar will be present alongside, British Gas, Fluke UK, Eaton, Minus7 and Clean Power Solutions (CPS).

Christopher Jackson, director at Flexisolar commented: “We have chosen to exhibit at Energy 2016 because of the show’s unique co-location within UK Construction Week, bringing together energy, infrastructure utilities and the built environment. UK Construction Week embodies today the joined up thinking that we need in order to develop the integrated solutions of tomorrow. The event is a key date in our annual sales and marketing strategy and continues to deliver.”

Nathan Garnett, event director for Energy 2016, added: “The energy sector is one of the most important and dynamic industries in the UK. The progress and innovation of the sector has massive implications for the future of our country and so we are keen to encourage growth and prosperity in any way that we can. We believe that with the help of the show’s many partners and exhibitors, Energy 2016 can play a key role in the development of a greener, smarter and more efficient Britain.”

But beyond Energy 2016 itself there is still plenty to see throughout the rest of Construction Week.

Following the success of last year’s event it will once again offer not just access to hundreds of industry leading exhibitors and associated products and services, but present several new industry awards celebrating excellence in the sector and also see the return of its popular beer and ale festival and much more.

On the first evening of UK Construction Week the prestigious new Vox, NEC Birmingham venue will host the first Construction Enquirer Awards. With an expected audience of 500 people, the awards are open to contractors, clients and suppliers, with the winners decided by an industry vote. A Top 10 will be published for the 12 different categories and the ultimate winners revealed on the night. Tickets and tables are available to book now.

energy_2In addition, UK Construction Week will host several other new industry awards including the Concrete Awards, the Infrastructure Awards, the Structural Timber and the BIM Awards.

The event will also provide the unique opportunity for key visitors to take part in a hosted buyer scheme. Designed to offer active buyers a structured and highly effective show experience, the scheme will allow buyers to efficiently cut through the ‘noise’ by going directly to the suppliers and vendors that are most able to meet their needs.

A number of other useful events will be taking place during UK Construction Week including breakfast briefings with Glenigan and the Construction Products Association. The National Custom and Self Build Association will also be announcing the winner of £5,000 and its Self Build on a Shoestring competition at Grand Designs Live. In addition, ITN Productions in partnership with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) will be launching its ‘Foundations for the Future’ news-style programme.

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