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26 April 2012

Ecobuild unites global sustainable built environment community with over 57,000 attendees

Ecobuild, the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment brought together more than 57,000 industry professionals from 20-22 March 2012 at London’s ExCeL. Over the three days visitors explored the products, services and innovations from more than 1,500 exhibitors including world-renowned organisations, Schueco, E.ON, Saint-Gobain, BASF, Kingspan, Vaillant, and Worcester Bosch. In addition to the industry’s heavy-weights, visitors were also able to explore up and coming companies in the exclusive entrepreneur’s zone, Green Shoots.

Running alongside the extensive exhibition, visitors were able to attend more than 130 free of charge conference and seminar sessions featuring a host of high profile politicians, cutting edge industry experts and renowned commentators. Well known names on the programme included: Jack Straw, Michael Portillo, Kevin McCloud, Monty Don, Janet Street Porter, Alan Johnson, Jonathan Dimbleby, Mark Prisk MP and Sir John Armitt. The success of the comprehensive education programme was clearly evident with many sessions having standing room only.

James Blue, portfolio director, Ecobuild says: “Ecobuild has proved once again that it’s the meeting place for the sustainable built environment community. Ecobuild is about sharing ideas and best practice, sparking debate and discussion and learning about the most current regulations and legislation. The event could not have come at a more critical time for the built environment sector.

Ecobuild’s feature-rich show floor meant that visitors were able to gain vital information, advice and practical experience across a number of areas. The Practical Installer feature provided live demonstrations designed to help installers take advantage of the growing demand for micro-renewable technologies whilst Renewable Heat Focus illustrated the practical and financial benefits of the Renewable Heat Incentive to the marketplace. The Biodiversity Pavilion featured a series of practical talks and demonstrations to help designers and planners incorporate biodiversity and meet new regulations whilst Fabric First helped visitors understand how building fabric improvements can interface with each other to achieve theoretical performance levels on site. Solar Hub showcased a range of solar innovative systems and Renew gave practical advice on achieving one of the most important aspects of achieving an energy efficient building, a highly insulated, air-tight building envelope.

UBM, the new owner of Ecobuild is looking to further develop and enhance the event to ensure it maintains, and grows on, its position as the must-attend event for everyone in the sustainable design, construction and built environment industry. UBM already has a strong stable of products within the built environment including the leading brands, Building, Property Week and BD as well as RESI, Building Future Education and Sleep Europe. Blue says: “Our experience and existing products within the built environment mean that we’re in a strong position to grow Ecobuild and to continue to provide the industry with an event which encourages debate, discussion and innovation. Ecobuild 2012 was hailed a success by visitors and exhibitors alike.

Rebecca Cope, marketing manager at Reynaers says: “We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of visitors to our stand from last year and certainly more architects and contractors, a key target market for Reynaers. We’ve already had some really positive project enquiries and the scale and number of live projects being discussed with us as a direct result of Ecobuild seems to have increased considerably versus last year.

Deborah Bird from Schueco says: “Ecobuild 2012 was a vibrant event and we were delighted to be the lead sponsor. Visitors were good quality and they had a genuine interest in what Schueco had to offer. Constantly evolving, Ecobuild proved to be a must attend event for the entire industry.

Linda Vieira, International Sales Director at Secil Argamassas says: “Whether you are established in the UK market or not, Ecobuild is a must do! Although Secil Argamassas’ presence in the market is still quite recent, we soon felt the need to be in what is the largest construction show in the UK. We are focused in R&D for the sustainable construction market, which is growing rapidly each year all over Europe. Therefore, it made sense to be at Ecobuild. This event has allowed us to experience, first hand, the market needs and the huge potential of green materials. There is a growing environmental awareness, increasingly better informed. The British consumer is more and more concerned with energy efficiency issues, but also with the impact and sustainability of the materials used in the construction of their homes. Ecobuild has allowed us to retrieve valuable information that will allow to better plan for sustainable growth in the UK Market.

10 April 2012

UBM is excited to announce DX, a radical new design event and online platform, bringing together exceptional creative names in global design, at the world’s only business event dedicated to inspirational interior design excellence and the seamless integration of technology.

A unique new concept, which will present visionary lifestyle design at the forefront of technology, DX takes place at EXCEL London from 19-21 May 2013.

Set within a forward-thinking and reinvigorated exhibition environment, DX will feature pioneering, interactive exhibition space alongside new commissions and installations, exploring beauty and intelligence at the forefront of design.

DX will be exclusive, stimulating and commercially focused, celebrating a new design movement driven by the dynamic convergence between art, architecture, technology, manufacturing and design.

DX will be led by UBM Built Environment’s Ian Rudge (co-founder of the original 100% Design and Tent London), together with creative partners Neville Brody (Research Studios) and Ab Rogers Design.

Ian Rudge, Director of DX, says: “It’s hard to think of a more exciting time for interiors. Design and technology are evolving at a dizzying rate, enabling us to design truly beautiful, sustainable, smart products and spaces that are future proof in every sense. DX is an event and a website that will bring it all together, with integrity and without compromise. May is the perfect time to showcase all the latest world launches to a huge design community – right here in London!”

Neville Brody, Founder, Research Studios, says: “The convergent evolution of design and technology are bringing a massive change to the way we create and interact with the spaces in which we live, work and play. DX will celebrate this new design attitude.”

DX will also present five DX Exclusive Commissions, a series of innovative concepts created in collaboration with key design and technology partners, including SOFTROO M.

Oliver Salway, Director, SOFTROOM, says: “I am greatly looking forward to DX, especially working with the team to develop experiences that will look to address real issues. Sustainability and technology are fusing to make new aesthetic values and this should be reflected in every aspect of DX, from the event space to the digital platform.”

Taking place annually in May, DX closes the international design show cycle and creates the perfect, early opportunity to show new products and ideas in London’s ever evolving East, at an uncluttered moment in the design calendar.

With the London fair as its flagship event, DX is a year-round, global digital community, with offering an essential website and online industry network. Launching in May 2012, will be an evolving space to discover those at the forefront of new intelligent design.

From bio materials to domesticating the work place, sustainability, future proofing, future visions of multigenerational living and the impact of health and aging populations on everything from luxury hotels to care homes, DX will explore design’s response to technological advancements and socio-economic issues, its affects on our behaviour, and the way we live today and in the future.

Ab Rogers, Founder / Creative Director, Ab Rogers Design, says: “I am very excited to work with Ian Rudge on DX. We are looking forwards to taking part in creating a new type of design show, which will celebrate interior design and improve communication between visitors, specifiers and exhibitors. We hope that it will be an integral exhibition – informative, inspirational and exhilarating to enter.”

DX is working in partnership with UBM titles BD, Building and Property Week, as well as global trend forecasters Stylus, to develop an editorial agenda for the future of interiors, design and technology.

A new and original experience, DX will be created for and with the international design community, and enable the retailers and designers of our future spaces to turn their ideas into reality.

29 February 2012

Countdown to Ecobuild – the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment

Make a note in your calendar – Ecobuild, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment is back at London’s ExCeL on Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 March.

And it’s bigger than ever.  Over 1,500 suppliers will be exhibiting, creating the biggest showcase of sustainable construction products you’ll see anywhere.  From big names such as Saint-Gobain, BASF Construction Chemicals, Kingspan, Vaillant, and Worcester Bosch, to up and comers in Ecobuild’s Green shoots entrepreneurs’ zone, you’ll be able to see the latest and best in everything from building materials to micro-renewables, from rainwater harvesting systems to interiors.

There’ll be hundreds of new product launches including Ecovane’s new Envergate Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, CoolSky’s solar thermal control system, two new eye-catching flooring products from nora flooring systems UK Ltd, Schueco UK’s new ERC 50 Renovation Façade, NIBE’s new F1345 ground source heat pump, and a number of new domestic heating and hot water products from Worcester Bosch Group….plus many, many more.

Ecobuild puts all these innovative products in context through its vast information programme, making a visit exceptionally good use of time.  There’s the three-day,  three-stream conference, sponsored by the UK Green Building Council, that tackles macro themes such as Beyond construction:  achieving a sustainable future, Making sustainable construction happen and Design, architecture & sustainability with renowned commentators including Sir John Beddington, Monty Don, Janet Street Porter, Greg Dyke, Tony Juniper and Angela Brady, covering topics as diverse as Growing out of trouble – how social enterprise can help restore society, People and the planet  and Collaborative consumption.

A topical addition to the programme for 2012 is Ecobuild’s ‘Olympics special’ which brings together the lessons learned from the 2012 Olympic Games construction project to create a specific programme of conference and seminar sessions taking place across the three days.

On Tuesday 20 March London 2012:  the greenest Olympics ever will reflect on the lessons learned with speakers including Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority John Armitt, and representatives of Zaha Hadid Architects, Hopkins Architects and Populous Architects, responsible for the design of the aquatics centre, velodrome and the main Olympic stadium respectively.

Taking place on Wednesday 21 March, The greenest games and the greatest learning considers the learning legacy that the London Olympics, and other large scale construction products, can deliver to UK construction as a whole, and how it can apply that experience to become world-leading in sustainable design and construction – with speakers including Chief Construction Adviser Paul Morrell, and the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Adviser on materials procurement and BRE CEO, Peter Bonfield.

And on the same day, in their ‘big tent’ on the exhibition floor, the UKGBC will present Olympic delivery:  implementation on the ground with the ODA’s Principal Sustainability Manager Holly Knight, Head of Sustainability at LOCOG David Stubbs and John Sutherland, Principal Consultant, Atkins.

Plus every day, Ecobuild’s Olympics learning legacy seminars will cover a wealth of legacy lessons, from energy, materials and logistics, to environmental impacts, sustainable performance and innovation in the supply chain.

Across the rest of the seminar programme, Ecobuild delivers practical advice from experienced practitioners in over 130 sessions including Energy & innovation in buildings, Better through BIM, Buildings in use, Future energy and Sustainable by design.

Visitors looking to get their hands dirty can do so at a dozen or more live attractions – literally in the case of Ecobuild’s Natural, traditional…sustainable which demonstrates cob wall building alongside straw bale construction and carpentry techniques.

Recent additions to this year’s Ecobuild attractions include the LoCaL House from LoCaL, part of the Accord Group, and the Finnish Contemporary from Finnish Log Homes.

The LoCaL House is a low carbon home solution that comprises a substantial timber frame complete with insulation, external cladding, an internal breather membrane, windows and external door frames using a closed panel system. Depending on specification, the LoCaL House can be constructed to Code for Sustainable Homes levels four, five and six.

The Finnish Contemporary is a full-size, completed structure – capable of achieving CSH level five – which will demonstrate the contemporary look and feel possible to achieve with timber, whilst delivering a highly energy efficient structure.

Elsewhere on the exhibition floor Renewable Heat Focus, sponsored by Vaillant, gives daily talks and one-to-one advice on how best to benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) plus a showcase and working models of the latest technology including solar thermal, biomass and heat pumps.

Renew, sponsored by Knauf Insulation, provides practical advice on achieving one of the most important aspects of achieving an energy efficient building – a highly insulated, air-tight building envelope through daily live demonstrations covering making hard to treat buildings more energy efficient, solid wall insulation, internal wall insulation, insulating lofts and floors, party wall insulation and cavity wall upgrades.

Ecobuild’s Solar hub, sponsored by Solarcentury, demonstrates how the installation of solar PV still offers attractive rates of return via the UK Feed-in Tariff, despite adjustments to the Government’s incentive scheme through a series of talks and presentations, plus one-to-one advice.  Visitors will get practical guidance on how to specify the most appropriate system for the best results, maximise the return on investment, reduce carbon emissions and mitigate rising energy costs as well as being able to see a range of solar innovative systems from on-roof, to semi-integrated to fully roof-integrated products, and feature the latest technologies from leading modules manufacturers.

Bill Dunster’s ZEDfactory will use Ecobuild to reveal its most ambitious project yet – ZEDlife, a carbon-free, solar-powered lifestyle, in which both buildings and transport solutions meet their annual total energy demand from sunlight.  Combining their existing RuralZED and StramitZED housing solutions with the latest ZEDfactory innovations – the HiminZED energy roof system, the free-standing solar tree capable of powering homes, businesses or transport, ForeverZED solar-powered transport and, most ambitious of all, ParkZED, a zero carbon, zero waste, high density mixed use development with integrated zero carbon transport solutions.

In addition to the main programme, Ecobuild’s exhibitors and partners will be offering a variety of events including the TRADA timber tours, the BREEAM awards, a one-day conference from the Landscape Institute Inspiring great places, and guidance from UKTI on international opportunities.

E.ON’s will present its own Sustainable City at Ecobuild, an holistic approach to lowering carbon – from Smart metering and electric motoring, to community-scale district heating technologies.  Visitors will be able to walk through E.ON’s Sustainable City model, complete with a life-sized energy-efficient home and commercial space, and interact with the tools, technology and innovations that can make sustainable cities a reality today.

As well as previewing their latest sustainable innovations in high performance flooring, Gerflor will be showcasing an original drawing by Stephen Wiltshire depicting the London 2012 Olympic Park in every detail.  After Ecobuild, the drawing will be auctioned to raise funds for The Boparan Charitable Trust.

And, new for Ecobuild 2012, amongst the myriad activities taking place in the ‘RIBA village’, visitors are invited to their BITESized auditorium for a series of short and snappy topical talks, each lasting 15 minutes, and a daily Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 hour.

For the first time, the RIBA will also be hosting CPD sessions at Ecobuild – a great opportunity to get up to the minute knowledge from RIBA’s CPD Providers Network, as well as earn CPD points.

Ecobuild’s chosen charity, CRASH – the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people – will be back in the Ecobuild boulevard with their photo booth, inviting you to find out about the work they do and the projects they support, and to ‘get snapped with CRASH’ and take away a photographic memento of your time at the event.

Spend a day at Ecobuild.  Even better, spend two or three.  With so much to see, learn and experience, it’s a super-efficient way to make contacts and get up to speed with the latest issues and products.

It’s all free to attend when you register at where you can also create your own itinerary using Ecobuild’s online planner.