Challenging construction and engineering professionals

Futurebuild is the leading built environment event for construction and engineering professionals to converge and learn, be inspired and do business. Taking place from 05-07 March 2019, the event will focus on exploring and tackling the biggest challenges impacting the industry, and will be a unique destination for visitors to gain unrivalled insight and hands-on experience around the latest innovations, products and materials in order to address these challenges.

The packed three-day programme, which has been developed in conjunction with renowned, industry leading partners, will offer visitors a wide range of opportunities to broaden their knowledge, including free CPD sessions.

Time for Action – Meeting challenges and making commitments
Central to Futurebuild is the ecobuild conference, which will inspire visitors to take action on the most pressing challenges through insights and learnings from leading experts. With an overarching theme of ‘Time for Action’, the conference sessions will be collaborative forums where visitors will develop plans for implementing change and proposing action for a more sustainable future.

Futurebuild will tackle a total of 12 challenges, including ‘The Environment challenge – how can we enhance the environment in a post-Brexit world?’. ‘The Quality Challenge – why can’t we build better buildings?’ will also be addressed by Robin Nicholson of Cullinan Studio, Ben Derbyshire of RIBA and Kath Fontana of RICS.

Other topics include: how to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals; how to transform existing homes through behaviour change and deep retrofits; how construction can break down barriers to reuse and remanufacture and tap into circular economy; how to put health and wellbeing at the centre of design; how to achieve a built environment fit for 2050; how to respond to the climate crisis and how the UK can overcome the housing crisis.

New and exclusive features
Outside the conference arena, Futurebuild will be bolstered by a range of new and exclusive partnerships and features.

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 visitors to take back to the office.

The Waste Zone will return with new and expanded features. Curated by architect, academic and author Duncan Baker-Brown, the area will showcase how waste can be a valuable resource for industry. Central to the experience will be the new Circular Economy Hub, which will take a unique beach hut format and feature a collection of hand-picked brands at the forefront of making the circular economy a reality.

In an exclusive first for the UK built environment sector, Futurebuild has also announced a partnership with GIGA – a leading organisation driving greater accessibility of international building product certifications via cloud software.

Future trends, products and materials
The biggest brands from across the industry, including new and returning exhibitors, will be showcasing their latest innovations and technologies across six themed Hubs – each providing a platform for construction and engineering professionals to gain deeper insight and develop new relationships around the most important industry developments and opportunities.

The Buildings Hub will cover all aspects of building, including new build, retrofit and refurbishment. This will be the place where engineers can find innovative brands working across construction and maintenance – including Internorm, Mapei, Rockwool and Selectaglaze – and engage in conversation around the latest technology and legislation.

The latest solutions across blue, green, grey and social infrastructure will be addressed in the Urban Infrastructure Hub. All aspects of the city will be covered, from the biophilic city and water management to biodiversity and landscaping. Exhibitors include ACO, Biotecture, Wavin, Green-Tech, Ronacrete and ICE.

In the Energy Hub, visitors will have access to a seminar programme which highlights the latest research and best practice, with exhibitors – including Flir, Pipex, Rhico and Termofol – demonstrating the latest technologies in the sector, including new advances in district energy and heating. With the imperative to meet targets under the Climate Change Act, all aspects of energy will be put under the spotlight in the Hub.

The Offsite Hub will be hosted in partnership with Explore Offsite, to bring professionals an exhibition of offsite construction solutions and four trade body-led seminar theatres. Visitors will also have access to exciting, full-scale builds and new system demonstrations that showcase the latest advance and innovations from across the globe.

Visitors can also gain new insights in the latest material breakthroughs – from concrete and timber to steel and masonry – in the Materials Hub. The Hub is supported by The Concrete Centre and TRADA, with exhibitors including Nudura, Glavloc, Cemex UK, Creagh Concrete, Piveteaubois and Steico. The Natural Building Area will also feature in the Hub, providing free educational information and showcasing natural materials and companies that work in the UK natural building industry.

New for 2019 is the Interiors Hub, where visitors will have the opportunity to meet with leading institutions and manufacturers – including Decolux, Delabie, Novy and Waldmann – to discuss pioneering products and collaboratively explore the impact of design on end users. The focus of the Hub will be firmly placed on design with purpose, with discussions including the WELL Building Standard, the Healthy Building Agenda and the impact of colour and light.