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Ecobuild 2018 takes shape

by Murielle Gonzalez
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Futurebuild Events Ltd, the new owner of the construction industry trade show ecobuild, has announced the establishment of two consultative groups in anticipation of the 2018 event. Industry experts have taken on the task to help shape the upcoming event.

ecobuild is the trade show for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment. The 2018 event is scheduled to run from 6-8 March at ExCeL London.

In addition to the exhibition it includes a conference with content curated by top industry figures. Surrounding the conference are ‘futurebuild districts’ each exploring a different aspect of the built environment (timber, concrete, offsite, building performance, infrastructure, green & blue infrastructure, energy & HVAC and district energy). Each of the districts bring together suppliers and have dedicated features and valuable CPD content.

“From the moment I set up Futurebuild Events to acquire ecobuild, I made it our mission to refresh the format for the 2018 edition, and make sure it is nothing like an ‘ordinary’ trade show,” said Martin Hurn, MD of Futurebuild Events.

“We understand that achieving this can’t be done in isolation – it needs the support, insights and expertise of the industry. Our role is to facilitate, not dictate. With that in mind, we have launched two groups to help shape the format and direction of the event,” Hurn explained.

Martin Hurn

Martin Hurn, MD of Futurebuild Events

An advisory board and steering group will be on hand over the next few months to help the company make sure ecobuild is the platform to share ideas, learn about the latest innovations and establish new, valuable relationships.

“The groups are already providing key insights and feedback to help us prioritise the agenda and offer the best possible experience for all attendees and partners,” Hurn added.

Members of the advisory board include past exhibitors Portakabin, Recticel Insulation, Celotex, Bauder and The Italian Trade Agency.

In addition, the steering group will bring together the industry’s forward-thinking organisations, including the Construction Leadership Council, CIBSE, ICE, BRE and ZEDfactory.

Hurn said they have received fantastic feedback from exhibitors, visitors, stakeholders and media partners so far and the responses are very encouraging.

“From this, three key themes for the 2018 event have been identified; leadership and innovation, housing and social inclusion – overcoming inequality and energy, resources and infrastructure. These topics are set to play a leading role in the centrepiece ecobuild 2018,” Hurn concluded.


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