Ecobuild 2014 – Championing a Greener Built Environment
Text: Florian Maier
Later, the former RIBA President and current Director of Brady Mallaieu, Angela Brady will host a debate on what Britain has to offer China. A session which will hear from representatives of Terry Farrell & Partners, Wilkinson Architects and the UKTI who will be using the SWOT matrix to evaluate the opportunities the Chinese market could provide.
Another session will see Sir Terry Farrell talk over the outcomes of The Farrell Review - looking into the role of design in creating better places for people to live, work and play in. The debate will be chaired by Peter Murray, Chairman of NLA and will focus on the ingredients needed for successful design.
The conference programme will be supplemented by six unique seminar streams which are set to tackle key issues currently facing the industry. Three key areas for Detail readers are the Design zone, Refurbishment & Retrofit, and Building Performance & BIM.
The Refurbishment & Retrofit zone, sponsored by Glow-worm, will cover commercial and domestic solutions necessary to improve our existing building stock and meet the government’s carbon reduction targets.
The role of new and existing innovations, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), will be a central feature of the 2014 show. The Building Performance & BIM zone will feature a variety of exhibitors showcasing their latest digital offerings and will include sessions such as ‘Overcoming procurement challenges to close the performance gap’ which will feature a case study from Aedas, hearing from the architect, the M&E engineer and the contractor.
As well as the informative programme, visitors to the event will be able to see innovative solutions and get practical advice with dozens of inspiring and interactive attractions. 2014 will include: Solar City, Practical Installer, Regeneration Film Festival, the Royal Docks Ideas Competition and the Biodiversity Pavilion. This year will also include the UK-GBC Village allowing visitors to trial Pinpoint, their online platform for sustainability tools, training, and resources, as well as taking advantage of the exclusive membership offer available during Ecobuild.
In addition to the two arenas we will also introduce six new content zones to the show floor. Building Performance & BIM, Refurbishment & Retrofit, Green Energy, Design, Water, Waste & Materials and Future Cities will host Ecobuild’s seminar programme and drop in advice clinics delivered by industry leading organisations.
Ecobuild will take place from the 4th – 6th of March 2014 at ExCeL, London. You can register for your free ticket at www.ecobuild.co.uk.