ecobuild 2018: The event shaped by the industry

ecobuild 2018: The event shaped by the industry

ecobuild is returning to the ExCeL London in March 2018 and under the new ownership of Futurebuild Events Ltd, things are set to be very different. The event 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 include Lynne Sullivan, Nathan Baker, Julie Hirigoyen, Darren Richards and Bill Dunster OBE, who are all members of the ecobuild Steering Group, which is helping to set the agenda for the event.

Martin Hurn, Managing Director of Futurebuild Events, explains: “New, independent ownership offers a unique opportunity to completely overhaul the event. We believe that to be as relevant and valuable as possible, we need to understand and act on what built environment professionals want to see at ecobuild. We see our role as to facilitate the agenda, rather than dictate it.”

The CPD Accredited ecobuild Conference Programme

This year’s conference takes its lead from global environmental targets, with sessions reflecting the concerns of the built environment and formulating practical recommendations for action.

Day One begins with some of the most pressing global issues, delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda. The keynote speaker is Paula Caballero, Global Director of the Climate Programme at the World Resources Institute. Paula is one of the driving forces behind the development of the SDGs.

The conference also tackles the big UK challenges, including a session on housebuilding which will examine the need for not only large number of new homes, but for quality properties. This will be chaired by Independent Adviser, Paul Toyne. Speakers include James Lidgate from Legal and General Homes and Saffron Woodcraft, the Head of the London Prosperity Board.

Victoria Kate Burrows from the World Green Building Council will chair a session which asks the question – can all buildings be net zero carbon by 2050 and all new builds by 2030? Speakers include Dr Mike Murray, a consultant for Fulcro Engineering Services and Farhana Yamin, co-author of “Who’s getting ready for zero?”

Sue James, Content Producer for ecobuild, commented: “We plan to develop three key recommendations from each conference session, with audience support in shaping the outputs. This will ensure that each topic covered in the ecobuild conference programme concludes with actions that can be understood and implemented by the wider built environment.”

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. The Sustainability Showcases are:

Zero Bills Home Lite

ZEDfactory, working with the ZEDpods funding team, returns to ecobuild with a full-scale build designed to tackle the housing crisis. The zero-net carbon home is designed to minimise fossil fuels and annual energy bills, while also reducing build times to four weeks.

Passive Pod Exhibition House

Building Research in Architecture (BRIA) will showcase a full-scale demountable Passive Pod House erected on a foundation of recycled concrete railway sleepers on a gravel bed.

The Hive

Returning to ecobuild for the second year, the Edible Bus Stop Studio will be showcasing The Hive – an engaging pocket park focused on biodiversity, biophilia and health and wellbeing.


Curated by architect, academic and environmental activist Duncan Baker-Brown, the WasteZone will discuss the issues and huge potentials of seeing waste as a valuable resource, not a problem.

Buildings as Material Banks

16 partners from eight European countries will share their mission to move the building industry towards a circular economy, by combining materials passports with reversible building design.

Sustainable Product Showcase

A collaboration between sustainable built environment champions, the Passivhaus Trust and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, to showcase the most sustainable and innovative products and materials in two pavilions.

Natural Building Products café

In this café, industry experts will provide demonstrations and information about natural building materials and techniques, including advice on how attendees can incorporate them into their projects.

BREEAM Awards Gallery

Attendees can find out more about BREEAM’s leading-edge thinking and learn about the performance of past winners’ buildings and projects. BRE experts will also be providing 1:1 support with any technical questions.

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 will look far beyond construction and design, instead considering the wellbeing agenda across new build, refurb and retrofit projects too. In association with the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Infrastructure district will demonstrate how the built environment can come together and plan for the future.

In the Energy and HVAC district, the latest innovations and best practices 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, buildings and infrastructure.

Following its success last year, offsite technology will return for a 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.

Key partnerships

ecobuild is working with a number of strategic partners who are contributing to the overall strategy and shape of the event to ensure it is wholly reflective of the industry’s needs. Notable partners include the Considerate Constructors Scheme, 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.

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ecobuild 2018: The event shaped by the industry