The three-day programme has been developed with leading partners from across the industry, and will offer visitors a wide range of opportunities to broaden their knowledge, including free CPD-accredited sessions.
Time for Action – the challenges and commitments
Central to Futurebuild will be the ecobuild conference, where self-builders will be inspired to take action on the most pressing challenges through insights and knowledge sharing from leading experts. With a theme of ‘Time for Action’, the conference sessions will be collaborative forums where visitors will help develop plans for change and propose actions for a more sustainable future.
Futurebuild will tackle a total of 13 challenges throughout the event, including: how to overcome the housing crisis; how to apply innovative technology and techniques to deliver homes; how construction can break down barriers to reuse and remanufacture and tap into a circular economy; how to put health and wellbeing at the centre of design; as well as how to strengthen environmental protections.
New and exclusive features
Outside the conference arena, Futurebuild will be bolstered by a range of new and exclusive partnerships and features. As an official UK Government Innovation Partner, Futurebuild will be hosting the Innovation Zone with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. At the zone, BEIS will be showcasing the work of the Energy Innovation Programme and demonstrating how it is delivering the Clean Growth Strategy. Focusing on true innovation, it will provide a platform for investment and knowledge exchange across three areas: a dedicated three-day seminar series; an exhibition featuring innovative companies BEIS and Innovative UK has provided funding to; and a ‘Business Bar’ in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network – providing one-to-one advice and support on accessing funding.
Among these is the Knowledge Forum – a dedicated area where industry-leading partners, academia and professional bodies will offer a comprehensive look at the biggest issues facing the built environment. Hosting CPD workshops, the Knowledge Forum will provide useful solutions and guidance for self-builders.
The Waste Zone will return with new and expanded features, including the new Circular Economy Hub. Curated by Architect, academic and Author Duncan Baker-Brown, the dedicated marketplace will feature hand-picked brands exhibiting in unique beach hut-styled stands and showcase how waste can be a valuable industry resource. The exhibition space will be complemented by the ‘Waste Talk’ seminar programme, which has been expanded by 50% from last year’s programme to meet demand.
In an exclusive sector-first, Futurebuild is also partnering with GIGA – a leading organisation driving greater accessibility of international building product certifications via cloud software. This will come to life through a new Futurebuild product directory and a dedicated new area of the event – the mindful MATERIALS Certification Pavilion.
An immersive experience
Market-leading brands and influential trade organisations from across the globe will be showcasing their latest innovations and contributing to the extensive knowledge programme at Futurebuild 2019. This will include forward-thinking brands such as Cemex, Velfac, Fisher and Paykel, Internorm, Bauder and Smart Systems.
To ensure visitors gain a truly immersive and in-depth experience, these brands and institutions will be hosted across six curated hubs: Buildings, Interiors, Materials, Urban Infrastructure, Offsite and Energy. Each hub will provide a platform for self-builders to gain deeper insight and develop relationships around the most important developments and opportunities.