HETAS Reviews Eco-Build

Ecobuild, the leading UK exhibition and conference for the construction and Hetas reviews Eco Build 1energy market, took place from 8th - 10th March at Excel in London, inspiring tens of thousands of industry professionals from across the supply chain.

The event aims to connect building professionals in order to help them to learn, network and discover new ideas and innovative products.

Ecobuild 2016 saw thousands of design, construction and energy professionals gather. The exhibition offers visitors a unique opportunity to meet over 800 leading UK and international exhibitors and get a first look at 1,000s of products for new build, refurbishment, commercial and industrial projects.

HETAS, the official body for approving heating appliance, fuels and services, has attended the Ecobuild exhibition for the past six years.  Alun Williams, Marketing Manager tells fireplace.co.uk what this year’s Ecobuild exhibition offered HETAS.

“For HETAS, attending Ecobuild is a must each year.  This year, more than ever, it was essential for us to be present as there was a strong representation from the biomass industry.  Key exhibitors such as Windhager, Euroheat, Thermal Earth, Strebel, Bentely Fire Shop, Morso, Ashburn Biomass, Froling and Grant UK, meant for us there was a great opportunity to network with likeminded businesses.

We felt the demographics to this year’s Ecobuild were slightly different to previous years. The event seemed more focused, with many more conversations with architects, specifiers, self-builders and LABC Officers, plus of course a whole range of manufacturers.  It’s a great chance for attendees to see first-hand the future design, construction and energy trends and to stay ahead of the competition.

Official Hetas guide 2016We were keen this year to capitalise on the industry experts attending Ecobuild and used the event as a platform to launch our new look 2016 Official HETAS Guide to Approved Products & Services. The Guide, which is updated annually, contains listings of approved appliances, ancillary equipment and products for use with biomass, wood and solid mineral fuels. It’s an important resource for appliance designers, retailers, installers, maintainers and users as it includes efficiency figures which help to determine whether a particular appliance is suited to a property, and can be installed in accordance with Building Regulations. The Guide also states when an appliance is DEFRA exempt, or MCS certified.  This year, we introduced icons into the Guide to help make it more visual and boast a fresh look and feel. The positive feedback we received as part of the launch at Ecobuild was well received as the team worked really hard to make the 2016 edition user-friendly and accessible.

The event also offered us the opportunity to highlight the partnerships we have developed.  This year, we exhibited alongside Wood Boiler Supplies, who are now offering HETAS training in Scotland.  We were delighted to hear first-hand from attendees the level of interest in our HETAS training courses.  We were also pleased to answer many of the technical questions attendees had for our team.

We were also joined on our stand by the team from Which? as we marked the launch of a new offer from Which? Trusted Traders and spoke to registrants interested in growing their business.
What’s next?

It will come as no surprise that we’ve already confirmed HETAS Ecobuild 2016 logowill attend Ecobuild 2017.  Before then, we have plenty of other events taking place throughout 2016 with Installer 2016 in Coventry (May) and Hearth & Home in Harrogate (June).  To see a full list of the events and exhibitions HETAS will attend this year, please visit http://www.hetas.co.uk/events-diary.”


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