Futurebuild 2019: Tackling the industry’s challenges

Futurebuild 2019: Tackling the industry’s challenges

Futurebuild is the leading built environment event for industry professionals to meet and learn, be inspired and do business. Taking place from 05-07 March, Futurebuild 2019 will focus on tackling the biggest challenges impacting the industry and provide visitors with unrivalled insights and hands-on experience around the latest innovations, products and legislations to address these issues.

The packed three-day programme will be developed in conjunction with renowned, industry leading partners, and provide over 500 hours of learning across an inspiring conference programme and 11 seminar streams – all completely free and CPD accredited.

Meeting challenges and making commitments

Central to the event will be the ecobuild conference, where visitors will be inspired to take action on the most pressing challenges through insights from leading experts. With an overarching theme of ‘Time For Action’, the conference sessions will be collaborative forums where visitors can 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 Environment Challenge – how can we enhance the environment in a post-Brexit world?’, which will take place on the 06 March. ‘The Quality Challenge – why can’t we build better buildings?’ will also take place. The session will refer to Judith Hackitt’s post-Grenfell review of building regulations and fire safety, and will ask if the construction industry is ready to deliver new methods in order to improve the quality of the built environment.

Other topics being addressed include: the challenge to change; how to achieve a built environment fit for 2050; how to respond to the climate crisis; how to achieve a truly circular economy; how to strengthen environmental protections; how to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals; 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.

Visitors can take a more comprehensive look into the biggest issues facing the built environment in the Knowledge Forum – new for 2019. Throughout the three-days of Forum sessions, industry-leading partners, academia and professional bodies will provide useful solutions and guidance for facilities management professionals to take back to the office.

As an official UK Government Innovation Partner, Futurebuild will also be hosting the Innovation Zone with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. At the Zone, BEIS will be showcasing the work of the Energy Innovation Programme and demonstrating how it is delivering the Clean Growth Strategy. Focusing on true innovation, it will provide a platform for investment and knowledge exchange across three areas: a dedicated three-day seminar series; an exhibition featuring innovative businesses BEIS and Innovative UK have provided funding to; and a ‘Business Bar’ in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network – providing 1-to-1 advice and support on accessing funding.

Future trends and exclusive attractions

Over 500 market-leading brands and organisations from across the globe will be showcasing their product innovations and contributing to the extensive knowledge programme. Helping visitors gain a truly immersive and in-depth experience across all areas of the industry, exhibitors will be hosted across six curated Hubs.

In the Buildings Hub, facilities managers will have access to some of the world’s most innovative building systems and technologies, as well as the opportunity to speak to pioneering brands working across construction and maintenance – including Bauder, Durisol, Internorm, Recticel and Smart Systems. Topics such as building performance in a post-Grenfell world, high-rise and overheating 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 exhibit, created by Tufeco and Grimshaw Architects.

New for 2019 is the Interiors Hub, where the newest product designs, emerging trends and the latest guidance on health and wellbeing in buildings will be addressed. The Hub, in partnership with the International WELL Building Institute and sponsored by Herman Miller and Milliken, has its own seminar programme and will explore topics such as biophilic design and the use of colour and light to promote wellbeing. The Hub will be home to leading and innovative exhibitors in the industry, including Decolux, Zip, Delabie, Fisher and Paykel, Novy and Waldmann Lighting.

Visitors can learn more about the options for decarbonising energy and limiting consumption from experts in the Energy Hub. Smart heat solutions, whole-house retrofit and Part L of the Building Regulations are among the topics being tackled in the Energy Hub Seminar Theatre – delivered with strategic partner, the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE). The ADE will also host its own pavilion, showcasing innovation in heat networks, combined heat and power and other technologies.

In the Urban Infrastructure Hub, the latest solutions across blue, green, grey and social infrastructure will be explored. The Urban Infrastructure Seminar Theatre, sponsored by ACO, and the accompanying exhibition will feature both nature-based and manufactured solutions to address challenges in active travel, air pollution, landscaping, water management and more. The Hub’s City Walk feature will allow visitors to stop by, take a seat in the café and view the natural products on display, will exhibitors within the feature will provide advice on how to use them for future generations.

The Materials Hub is where visitors can experience the possibilities of concrete, timber, steel, masonry and natural building products. The Hub is supported by The Concrete Centre and TRADA, among other leading organisations, 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 businesses that work in the UK natural building industry.

The Offsite Hub, hosted in partnership with Explore Offsite, is the premier destination for professionals working across the built environment to learn about and experience first-hand the opportunities in offsite construction. Four dedicated seminar theatres will present a programme of masterclasses while a workshop hosted by social enterprise, Help Bristol’s Homeless, will give an insight into its mission to develop container homes for those in need of housing. Complementing this deep learning will be exhibitors including Liskandas, Marley Modular Systems, Hadley Group and Haus Technologies.

Meanwhile, the Responsible Futures Waste Zone sponsored by the University of Brighton is set to be bigger and better for 2019. Curated by architect, academic and author Duncan Baker-Brown, the area will showcase how waste can be a valuable resource for the 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. Visitors can also expect a hard-hitting programme of talks from leading designers, architects, waste managers and material inventors in the Waste Talk theatre. These experts will discuss ways in which waste materials can be integrated into construction projects, how existing buildings can be deconstructed instead of demolished, and how new buildings can be designed as materials stores for the future.

To register for free, visit: www.futurebuild.co.uk/register.


Futurebuild 2019: Tackling the industry’s challenges