The show will provide visitors with access to a wealth of practical expert advice and information through a mix of a high-level conference, CPD-accredited learning hubs and more than 800 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of new products, materials, solutions and services.
Day one of Ecobuild 2016 is the show’s dedicated Homes Day which explores the most pressing, divisive and important decisions the industry must take to deliver comfortable, efficient, resilient places and homes.
Attracting more than 40,000 industry professionals from across the whole supply chain each year, Ecobuild is the leading exhibition and conference for the UK construction and energy market. The 2016 event will see an evolved proposition for the event to focus on areas of industry growth and market priorities such as housing, infrastructure, next generation innovation, technology and people.
The backbone of Ecobuild’s Homes Day is provided by a provocative and controversial conference programme that covers property issues ranging from the challenges of refurb and retrofit to the commercial viability of ultra-low cost and low energy homes.
Professor Phil Jones, Chairman of Architectural Science at Cardiff University, is one of the day’s dynamic speakers. Prof Jones led the team which developed SOLCER, the UK’s first purpose-built, low-cost energy smart house which is capable of exporting more energy to the national electricity grid than it uses. The property was built for a mere £100,000.
With each session designed to give a glimpse at the future of housebuilding and home creation, Colin Usher, Director of John McCall Architects, provides a presentation on “Living for Tomorrow”, in which he offers common sense solutions to low-energy, cost-effective future living. In 2014, John developed a house which runs on a utilities bill of just £15 per year.
Ecobuild 2016 will also feature six CPD-accredited learning hubs; Building Performance, Design, Energy, #BuildCircular, Infrastructure Revolution and Digital Building. A highly-provoking seminar programme, it will provide visitors and exhibitors with the know-how to do their jobs better and the business case to help them make more informed decisions to address these challenges.
The programme will be delivered by industry leading figures and organisations including Architype, Glenn Howells Architects, Marks & Spencer, British Land, Jones Lang LaSalle, BRE, ICE, Zero Carbon Hub and Willmott Dixon Energy Services.
Ecobuild 2016 will focus on two further streams after the opening Homes Day. The second day looks at Architecture, exploring the changing role of the architect, the importance of architecture across the built environment, the need for change and some of the most interesting and inspiring architectural projects.
Day three is devoted to Next Generation and looks at how smart technology, changing demographics and wellness will drive design and construction in the future as well as how we will address the skills gap and attract young talent to the industry.
Reflecting the construction industry, Ecobuild is constantly evolving; ensuring that it continues to provide relevant, dynamic content and create opportunities to make new connections.
Ecobuild 2016 is co-located with Resource, the leading resource efficiency event. Both take place from 8th to 10th March at London’s ExCeL.