Building up to Ecobuild

March sees the return of Ecobuild: the world’€™s leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the build environment

As Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment gears up to celebrate its 10th anniversary, organiser UBM Live Built Environment is delighted to announce some of the new plans for 2014. 

Ecobuild 2014 (4-6 March, ExCeL London, will feature an unrivalled information programme, attracting over 600 speakers. At the heart of the programme is debate, learning and information exchange, led by internationally renowned academics, ministers, industry leaders and celebrity speakers. All speakers will now appear on the show floor and there will be two spectacular arenas to house the conference programme.

The three-day programme will feature a variety of topics relevant to the whole industry, including design, construction, refurbishment and maintenance. The conference will cover a wide range of issues, from energy policy and the future of community buildings right down to the best way to deliver buildings that work as designed. Key sessions include ‘How the education sector can benefit from PV’, ‘Private wealth, public realm: have we got the balance right?’ and ‘The imperatives of retrofit’.

For 2014 the event will be divided into three core show sections, so visitors will find it much easier to navigate. The three zones – Sustainable Design and Construction; Energy; Connecting Future Cities – will each play host to hundreds of relevant exhibitors as well as a unique seminar stream.

Within the Sustainable Design and Construction zone, Jonathan Hines, director of Architype, will be presenting a case study on Arcihaus and Passivhaus schools at the session ‘Passivhaus design: how to scale up and maintain quality’. Nick Grant, principal at Elemental Solutions, will chair a further session on Passivhaus where he will present a simplified design approach for new-build schools. A huge variety of exhibitors in this section will also be available for visitors to talk to, including Travis Perkins, ACO Technologies and Smart Systems Ltd.

The Energy zone will play host to the most comprehensive showcase of sustainable construction products in the world. Industry leaders such as Mitsubishi Electric, Rexel and Worchester Bosch are returning to display and demonstrate their new products.

Visitors will also be able to discover two hugely popular features, Plumb Center with Practical Installer and Solar City in association with SMA Solar. Formerly known as the Solar Hub, Solar City will feature live debates and practical case studies covering all aspects of the solar PV market in the UK, whilst Practical Installer will offer live demonstrations and advice on how to take advantage of the emerging renewable technologies market.

The new Connecting Future Cities zone will incorporate a range of topics from biodiversity to technology, infrastructure, water and waste – all of which are crucial to successful building with the ever-growing population in mind. A variety of technology solutions will be on show including products from Bauder, Kemper & Alutec and sessions in the area will explore modern building issues.

In ‘The resilient city – understanding and overcoming the challenge’, academics will discuss, with the aid of the latest evidence, how the building industry will have to adapt to cope with the shocks and stresses associated with climate change, resource shortages and the effects of global population growth.

Exploring the issues that arise whilst creating buildings that need to work for a wide spectrum of people, Tim Gull of Rethinking Childhood will share his knowledge about making buildings ‘child-friendly’ alongside inclusive access consultant Debbie Allaire in the session ‘Making cities fit for everyone’.

Ecobuild, ExCel, London, 4-6 March 2014. Information and free tickets W:


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