Exhibition tackles HVAC challenges

Futurebuild is a built environment event for HVAC contractors and consultants to meet and learn, be inspired and do business and it’s taking place from March 5-7


he event will focus on tackling the biggest challenges impacting the industry and provide visitors with insights and hands-on experience around the latest innovations, products and materials to address these issues.

Future trends and new exclusive attractions

Over 500 market-leading brands and organisations from across the globe – including FLIR, Vaillant, Ochsner, Silver EMS, GSE Integration, Rhico Heating – will be showcasing their latest innovations and contributing to the extensive knowledge programme. To ensure visitors gain an immersive and in-depth experience across all areas of the industry, these exhibitors will be hosted across six curated Hubs: Energy, Urban Infrastructure, Buildings, Interiors, Materials and Offsite. The Energy Hub in particular has the most for HVAC professionals, as they will be able to learn all about the latest industry initiatives, innovations and policies facing the sector. Areas of focus in the Hub will include new approaches, such as autonomous buildings and renewables and the most recent advances in fields such as district energy and heating. Supporting the delivery of this programme will be strategic partner, the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE). The ADE will host two pavilions at the Hub, exploring innovations from across the entire energy landscape – including heat networks, CHP, DSR and energy efficiency – as well as providing networking opportunities for visitors and exhibitors. As the recognised destination for showcasing the latest energy breakthroughs

from across the globe, the Energy Hub will also host the International Pavilion. The area will showcase the best of district energy from across Europe and provide inspiration and education for UK-based projects to use best practice. It isn’t just the Energy Hub that will provide the latest insights and opportunities for heating and ventilation professionals. Each hub will include a variety of unique feature attractions and a concentrated education programme hosted by a relevant sector-specific authority. At the Buildings Hub, for example, visitors have access to the latest industry insights and some of the world’s most innovative building systems and technologies. Topics such as building performance in a post-Grenfell world, social value and high-rise Passivhaus will be covered in the Buildings Seminar Theatre, while a series of pavilions will showcase global innovation. Visitors will also have access to the Home of the Future feature building exhibit, created by

Tufeco and Grimshaw Architects. 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 beach hut format and feature a collection of hand-picked brands at the forefront of making the circular economy a reality.

CPD-accredited educational content

Developed in conjunction with industry leading partners, Futurebuild will provide over 500 hours of structured learning across three levels – a conference programme, 11 seminar streams and four deep-dive workshops hosted in the Knowledge Forum – all CPD-accredited and completely free of charge. The Knowledge Forum is a new feature for 2019, where industry-leading

partners, academia and professional bodies will offer a comprehensive look at the biggest issues facing the built environment and will provide useful solutions and guidance for industry professionals to take back to the office.

Meeting challenges and making commitments

The ecobuild conference will inspire visitors to take action on the most pressing challenges through insights and knowledge-sharing 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. A total of 13 key challenges will be tackled through the conference

programme, including the challenge to change, how to deliver long term value and sustainable performance and how to achieve a truly circular economy. Other topics being addressed include: how to respond to the climate crisis; how to strengthen environmental protections; how to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals; how to achieve a built environment fit for 2050; how to apply innovative technology and techniques to transform the industry; how to overcome the housing crisis; how to put health and wellbeing at the heart of design; how to reinforce the connections between education, skills and research to develop a future workforce and how to transform existing homes through behaviour change and deep retrofits.

 February 2019

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