Ecobuild takes on a new shape

Ecobuild is returning to the ExCeL London in March 2018 and under the new ownership of Futurebuild Events, things promise to be very different


cobuild 2018 is being designed and built around the industry, bringing to life the latest technology, freshest thinking and most innovative materials. The event is not only being shaped

through comprehensive industry feedback, but also with direct input from leading industry influencers. These influencers are members of the Ecobuild Steering Group, which is helping to set the agenda for the event.

ECOBUILD SUSTAINABILITY SHOWCASES Surrounding the conference arena will be the ecobuild sustainability showcases, home to the some of the most innovative solutions to the issues facing the built environment. The showcases will truly put sustainability at the heart of the event. They will feature two full-scale builds, including the zero net carbon home from ZEDfactory – designed to minimise fossil fuels and annual energy bills. It offers a complete response to the housing crisis. Another highlight is the WasteZone, curated by architect, academic and activist Duncan Baker-Brown, which will allow visitors to discover waste’s true potential.

THE FUTUREBUILD DISTRICTS The conference arena and sustainability showcases are surrounded by the futurebuild districts, each of which will act as an immersive and stimulating area where people, brands and companies will be able to network and develop profitable relationships. The Building Performance district is

where you can look far beyond the construction and design of buildings, instead considering the wellbeing agenda across new build and refurb projects. This district will also be home to the RIBA bookshop and lounge, a vibrant architect designed space next to the seminar area. This area will be designed by Freehaus, a young architecture practice, which won a competition in association with leading brands


Rockpanel and Rockwool. In the Energy and HVAC district, the latest innovations across renewables, smart buildings and HVAC will be presented through a series of seminars and workshops. The Green and Blue Infrastructure district will offer solutions in water management, external landscaping, biophilic design and biodiversity. New for 2018 is the Timber district, in association with the Structural Timber Association and supported by Wood for Good and TRADA. This will be a showcase for the latest technological innovations and systems, alongside the Timber Talks seminar programme. Another new addition is the Concrete district, delivered in association with The Concrete Centre and This Is Concrete. Here, information and inspiration will be shared to realise the potential of concrete as a sustainable material, as well as its range of solutions for housing. Following its success last year, offsite technology will return for the second year in partnership with Explore Offsite. The district will feature a ground-breaking exhibition of offsite construction solutions and masterclasses.

This year will again see District Energy taken to the next level. The district will be hosted by the ukDEA and is in association with the Danish and Swedish Embassies. It’s set to include a programme full of key speakers and debates, a networking lounge and a product launch pad.

THE CPD ACCREDITED CONFERENCE PROGRAMME This year’s conference takes its lead from global environmental targets, with sessions reflecting the concerns of the built environment industry and formulating practical recommendations. Some of the big issues represented by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement will provide the focus. Speakers include experts in their field, including Jane Duncan, Paula Caballero, John Elkington and Bill Dunster.


Ecobuild is working with a number of strategic partners who are contributing to the overall strategy and shape of the event. Notable partners include the CCS, the RIBA, CIAT, NLA, Bioregional, CIBSE, The Edible Bus Stop and the Edge. The event will also host the BREEAM Awards and the Offsite Construction Awards.


Ecobuild takes place at the ExCeL, London from 6 - 8 March. For more details and to register for a free ticket visit

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