New Direction for Ecobuild 2016 Voted a Hit by Industry

Tens of thousands of industry professionals flocked to Ecobuild to see 800 New direction for ecobuild 1brands across core areas of industry growth and market priorities: housing, infrastructure, design, energy efficiency, technology and skills.

The UK’s definitive event for the built environment, Ecobuild 2016 unveiled its new direction, shook up its layout and delivered a robust three days of business. It kicked off on a high note as Berkeley Group Chairman, Tony Pidgley CBE opened the Ecobuild Conference, which together with dedicated learning hubs across the show featured over 350 high level speakers, celebrities and industry A-listers.

Martin Hurn, Event Director at Ecobuild, said: “The built environment has fundamentally changed since Ecobuild launched 12 years ago. Government policy is at a crossroads but sustainability has become normalised. While we continue to maintain the eco-focus and promote sustainability standards with our partners across the industry, the smarter end of the market is taking a broader approach to sustainability, aiming to ensure buildings appeal to occupiers well into the future with improved building performance, design, efficiency, health and wellbeing benefits”.

New direction for ecobuild 2Hurn added that Ecobuild had confidently set out a repositioned show to reflect market priorities after a period of consultation with customers and stakeholders. New areas introduced for infrastructure, digital construction, smart technology and resource efficiency in the built environment are hot prospects set to grow for the event in 2017.

He said: “We’ve been thrilled with the feedback from Ecobuild 2016. The industry is changing and we’re changing with it, ensuring our visitors come away with new ideas and working practices as well as new connections.”

“The response has been emphatic. It’s been our buzziest show for a number of years and exhibitors are already looking to book for 2017 in record numbers. I’d like to thank the exhibitors for once again showcasing the very best in innovative products and services that are helping to drive the construction and energy industry and meet future needs and adapt to the challenges ahead. “I’d also like to say a huge thank you to our partners and look forward to our ongoing collaboration with the industry throughout the year.”

Comments from across the industry:
“The sessions on Leadership in the main arena and the many and varied sessions on Innovation were immensely valuable. At a time when the policy landscape is offering very little on sustainable building, we must galvanise the industry any way we can. The packed arena spoke for itself on the value of the content.” -Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive Officer, UK Green Buildings Council (UK-GBC)

“Ecobuild is a really good platform to engage with the wider construction and infrastructure world. Without infrastructure – power, gas, water, waste, transport, communications – none of what is discussed at Ecobuild would happen. Globally, 57 trillion dollars’ worth of spend will be done on infrastructure over the next 30-50 years. That’s massive. We need to collaborate across every sector of the industry to ensure that we all understand the needs of tomorrow and drive change together.” -Nathan Baker – Director of Engineering Knowledge, The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

New direction for Ecobuild 3“The good news is that sustainability now is embodied into so many parts of the building industry that it doesn’t make sense to have a show that’s just about it. It makes sense to have a show that talks about the green agenda, but does so by highlighting and showcasing the construction industry.”- Sadie Morgan, Founding Director of dRMM Architects, Chair of the Independent High-Speed Design Panel and Member of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

“The show has certainly moved on, as has the market. Back in 2008/9 the market was flooded with fledgling ‘eco’ businesses. We feel the market is now established, key players are now focused in their relevant business areas and the market has grown up. It knows what it wants.” - Gavin Welsman, Divisional Manager, Oventrop Projects

“Ecobuild felt much busier this year in comparison to last year. Having the show concentrated in one hall, I feel, has helped with concentrating the footfall. All 3 days were busy with a very good quality level of visitors, we were very impressed with the enquiries we received and have already confirmed that we will return for the next show.”- Kevin Bohea, Commercial Director, Recticel Insulation

“This is really the hotspot where everybody meets in the industry. We have seen many installing companies, including those New diection for Ecobuild 4moving from solar into the biomass field, for example. We are talking to a lot of consultants and specifiers, architects, operators, even mayors and decision-makers of cities who are looking for renewable energy in the future”.- Werner Emhofer, Export Sales Director, Fröling

“One of the reasons why we like coming to Ecobuild is that the exhibition seems to be evolving with the needs of the market. Sustainability has grown from a concept to encompass every aspect of our lives. The Ecobuild exhibition crystallises that desire - that drive to create a sustainable future for our planet.”- Tim Thomas, Global Consultant – Sustainable Construction, BASF

“Ecobuild was a specialist show when it started. Now it’s a construction show and the UK market needs a good construction show. We’re meeting a broad spectrum, everyone from the architect and specifier right through to the final installer. It’s been a good cross section all across the industry, and it’s very much meeting our requirements.- Bruce Bradshaw, General Manager UK Branch, Q-Railing

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