The leading show for built environment professionals, Ecobuild 2017 will see ExCeL London 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.
The show’s sustainability hub, City Hall, will see sessions hosted by the UK-GBC and World Green Building Council.
Architectural collective, Assemble, will present its Turner award-winning Granby Workshop project at the Campus, the show’s destination for innovative thinking and the latest technology, also home to the BRE Academy, for bite-sized CPD courses and learning.
In response to the increased Government and industry focus on off-site construction, Ecobuild has partnered with Explore Offsite to bring a significant showcase of the exciting opportunities offered by off-site technology in the future of construction, with the industry’s leading suppliers and a series of daily masterclasses.
Another new partnership sees Ecobuild and UK District Energy Association creating a new and exciting area: the ukDEA District Energy Town Square, host to leading British suppliers and also international pavilions from Sweden and Denmark, two of the most mature district energy markets in the world. The ukDEA District Energy Town Square will be located adjacent to Ecobuild’s Performance Lab feature, with building performance and energy content produced in partnership with CIBSE.
The Arena will be home to the Ecobuild Conference with headline guest speakers staging a programme of keynote speeches from industry thought-leaders and innovators across the three days.
Day one of the conference will focus on future-proofing building and construction. Further key topics will include large-scale regeneration of council estates, building homes for social rent and ensuring the industry delivers sustainable homes people can afford. Professor Tim Broyd, President, Institute of Civil Engineers, will be joined by Adam Cooper of the National Infrastructure Commission and Professor Denise Bower, Executive Director at the Major Projects Association, to debate the UK’s infrastructure priorities.
The second day will see industry leaders debate solutions to the housing crisis, featuring a panel including Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor, Planning Regeneration and Skills, Greater London Authority and other sector experts. Topics will range from improving energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings to meeting the new zero-carbon homes standard as part of the ‘Low Carbon London’ initiative.
Amongst other topics, day three topics include the possible legislation binding developers in an agreement to consider the wellbeing of future generations when planning. Reiterating the importance of effective building operation, speakers will discuss managing down energy consumption and using BIM for facilities management.
With such a wide variety of exhibitors and partners, this year’s show will provide the industry with the perfect platform to collaborate and address the key issues of sustainability and its role in shaping regeneration.