Futurebuild 2020: Be the catalyst for change

Futurebuild 2020: Be the catalyst for change

Recent climate change demonstrations and government declarations make one thing clear; we must all come together to take action against the climate change challenges we are facing. Put simply, without collaboration, we will fail.

Against this backdrop, Futurebuild 2020 (03–05 March, ExCeL London) will inspire visitors to join fellow industry leaders and innovators to be the catalyst for change that is so urgently needed to help deliver a more sustainable built environment.

Setting the agenda

Futurebuild’s highly-regarded Arena programme is returning for 2020, bigger and better than ever before. Following a three-day progression, the sessions, led by politicians, academics and industry shapers, will focus on solving the current climate and ecological crisis.

On day one (03 March) the UK climate policy will be scrutinised during the session titled ‘Who’s in charge of the climate crisis?’. Led by Aldersgate Group Chair Joan Walley, this will explore the fundamental transformation that is needed to alleviate the climate crisis and will invite input from the audience. Another unmissable session is: ‘Carbon neutral cities of the future’ which will feature a panel including London Mayoral Candidate Rory Stewart on day two (04 March). It will explore the pathway to healthier, more resilient cities.

While discussions in the Arena will focus on the biggest issues facing the built environment at a macro level, six Keynote Stages located across the event will look at the specific challenges impacting Buildings, Offsite, Energy, Interiors, Resourceful Materials and Critical Infrastructure. This programme of solution-driven sessions will share the latest thinking and research, to educate, inform and inspire visitors to make a positive change. Each day, the six stages will host a focused keynote presentation by a recognised expert in their field.

Sessions not to be missed by facilities, building and estates managers include the opening discussion on day one (03 March) in the Buildings section. Titled ‘Understanding standards and updated building regulations for new homes’ it will highlight the updates to the Government’s Building Parts L and F of Building Regulations in 2020. Chaired by Emma Clancy of Clancy Consulting it will also ask what the updates to building regulations and the planned Future Homes Standard 2025 will mean in terms of energy efficiency in the context of the Government’s net zero targets.

On day three (05 March) in the Energy section, Active Building Centre’s Ahsan Khan will chair the session ‘Active buildings: optimising energy reduction and interaction with energy infrastructure’. Discussions will focus on establishing a unified framework to reduce energy consumption in new and existing buildings to lower levels of carbon emissions and network stress.

Beyond the stages

Around each Keynote Stage will be an exhibition of innovative brands, offering unique solutions to the challenges discussed in the companion knowledge programme. It will feature some of the largest headline brands in the sector, alongside SMEs and start-up organisations, creating a dedicated platform to connect these companies with forward-thinking specifiers and buyers.

Brands and organisations that are leading the charge when it comes to innovation will be recognised through a dedicated Innovation Trail. A guided route will take visitors on a journey through the event enabling them to learn more about the latest thinking from Futurebuild’s Innovation Partners, including Aereco, Renson, Smart Systems, Forterra Building Products, and Fisher and Paykel in partnership with Kochwerk.

The game changers are back

Championing innovation is the central purpose of Futurebuild and the 2020 event sees the return of the Big Innovation Pitch. Hosted across the event, in conjunction with BRE as technical partner, the competition will be the industry’s largest call-out for innovation to date and will identify and celebrate novel new approaches to tackle of the biggest challenges facing us all.

Entrants will present their ground-breaking ideas on each of the six Keynote Stages on day one, before shortlisted entries go head-to-head in the Arena on day two. A panel of renowned judges will determine the overall winning idea, which will be incorporated into BRE Academy Training and showcased in the BRE Innovation Park.

Martin Hurn, Event Director of Futurebuild, said: “The responsibility for tackling the climate emergency lies in all of our hands and we must collaborate in order to find solutions to secure our future. Futurebuild 2020 provides the perfect platform for forward-thinking decision makers across the built environment to come together and play a key part in driving positive change.

“Innovation to us is more than just futuristic concepts, it’s about sharing the latest thinking and ideas, processes and solutions, products and materials. All of these things coming together under one roof at Futurebuild 2020 will inspire people to do things differently and create real change.”

For more information about Futurebuild 2020, the home of innovation, visit www.futurebuild.co.uk.


Futurebuild is the built environment event that unites the most forward-thinking companies and organisations with industry mobilisers who hold significant decision-making power and are committed to driving positive change in their sector, and beyond.

As the industry’s catalyst for change, Futurebuild fosters collaboration, knowledge-sharing and innovation to enable the industry to do things differently.

Brands of all sizes from across the built environment attend Futurebuild to meet and share technical innovations and radical new approaches with over 27,000 industry influencers and shapers who visit the event.

At Futurebuild 2020, innovation is elevated beyond a concept and brought to life across the whole event, from the Innovation Trail featuring the most forward-thinking brands, to showcases and features, the Big Innovation Pitch and keynote stages.

Beyond its extensive exhibitor list, visitors are also drawn to Futurebuild for its industry leading knowledge programme which is dedicated to driving change and encouraging innovation through learning. The sessions on the keynote stages will share the latest thinking and research, while the conference will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate the biggest issues facing the built environment from the climate emergency, to the future of digital construction.

By changing one thing, we can change the future.

Learn more at www.futurebuild.co.uk


Futurebuild 2020: Be the catalyst for change