Exploring new avenues for 2017

The annual conference and exhibition will turn the ExCel centre into an “immersive city” packed with the latest innovations for the built environment.

Ecobuild returns in March with a focus on regeneration and a complete overhaul of the floor plan for the show’s 2017 edition.

The annual conference and exhibition will transform the ExCel London into a “city” with a main street, distinct destinations and special feature attractions. The “boulevard” – aptly named Regeneration Drive – will run through the centre of the exhibition floor to guide visitors through the best examples of innovation and creativity.

“We asked our visitors what they want and need from the show,” explained Martin Hurn, brand director at Ecobuild, “and sustainability overwhelmingly came to the top of the agenda. Imagining the exhibition as a city allows us to deliver a unique programme focused on regeneration in a way that is relevant and inclusive to all our exhibitors and visitors.

“Different aspects of construction and the built environment deserve specific focus, and each of Ecobuild 2017’s destinations will have something distinctive and exciting.”

Pavilions will be showcased from associations including the Builders Merchants Federation, Passivhaus Trust, NFRC, Concrete Pavilion, TRADA and the STA.

As visitors make their way up Regeneration Drive, they will be introduced to key destinations including The Arena, City Hall, The Campus, The Gateway and The Performance Lab.

The main hubs

The Arena will be home to the Ecobuild Conference, where UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) will host daily leadership panels chaired by the organisation’s CEO Julie Hirigoyen.

City Hall, the show’s sustainability hub, will be home to the UK-GBC and World Green Building Council, representing the culmination of Ecobuild’s ‘Redefining Sustainability’ campaign which seeks to raise awareness of sustainability objectives and drives across the industry.

At the Campus, “the place for innovations and latest technology,” architectural collective Assemble will present its Turner Prize-winning Granby Workshop project through an installation that will tell the story behind the regeneration project. Meanwhile, Future Materials, a gallery curated by ARCC, will preview materials and processes in research or testing stage.

The Gateway (in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers) will be the show’s ‘hub’ for national and social infrastructure projects, including a seminar theatre dedicated to green infrastructure.

The Performance Lab will showcase the latest in smart home and smart building technology in association with Ecobuild 2017’s building performance partner, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

District energy & offsite construction

The ukDEA District Energy Town Square will host British as well as international pavilions from Sweden and Denmark – two of the most mature district energy markets globally. Ecobuild has also partnered with Explore Offsite to deliver a showcase of the opportunities offered by offsite technology,  with industry-leading suppliers and daily masterclasses.

Conference highlights

Day one will focus on future-proofing building and construction. Key topics will include large scale domestic refurbishment, carbon reduction in the built environment and promoting green infrastructure through planning, while Ecobuild’s Big Innovation Pitch will conclude with finalists presenting solutions to M&S and a judging panel.

On day two a panel of experts featuring RIBA President-elect Ben Derbyshire will debate solutions to the housing crisis. Topics also covered include improving energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings and meeting the new zero carbon homes standard as part of the ‘Low Carbon London’ initiative. BBC arts editor Will Gompertz will also interview recent RIBA Charles Jencks Award winner Niall McLaughlin of Niall McLaughlin Architects.

On day three speakers will look at the possible legislation binding developers in an agreement to consider the wellbeing of future generations when planning.

Speakers will discuss ‘managing down’ energy consumption and using BIM for facilities management.