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Ecobuild 2014: Championing a greener built environment

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Communities, Housing

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As Ecobuild gears up to celebrate its 10th anniversary, organiser UBM Live Built Environment has announced some of its plans for 2014. 

Each year Ecobuild hosts the most comprehensive showcase of sustainable construction products in the world. It provides a platform for businesses representing the entire spectrum of sustainable construction products for new build, refurbishment, residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Ecobuild brings together the entire supply chain in order to realise the vision of delivering a more sustainable built environment.

Alison Jackson, group director of sustainability and construction at UBM, said: “The business case to achieve this vision has never been stronger. The ambition to create a sustainable built environment through better design and construction is at the heart of Ecobuild. It drives economic growth and ensures a built environment that is fit for purpose and contributes to global priorities such as climate change, energy security and job creation.”

Ecobuild’s aim is to bring industry professionals together with a common purpose — to create a cleaner, greener, efficient and more sustainable built environment.”

In 2014 the Ecobuild experience will be easier to navigate than ever before, thanks to the introduction of three core areas to the event.

The Sustainable Design and Construction zone focuses on the topic that has been at the heart of Ecobuild since it launched a decade ago. Here, visitors can learn about the latest design ideas, future construction materials, lighting and technical solutions to sustainable construction challenges. New and existing innovations, such as the role of Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be a central feature of the 2014 show.

The Future Cities zone will incorporate a range of topics from biodiversity and greening cities to infrastructure, water and waste, technology and transport – all of which are crucial to creating a sustainable future for an ever changing global population.

The Energy zone addresses another hot topic for Ecobuild 2014, championing key energy issues and providing guidance and practical advice on policy and legislation. This area will include a range of features on renewable energy, resource management and energy efficiency.

Ecobuild 2014 will also 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.
In addition to the two Ecobuild 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.

Visitors can see innovative solutions and get practical advice with dozens of inspiring and interactive attractions. 2014 features will include: Solar City, Practical Installer, Regeneration Film Festival, the Royal Docks Ideas Competition and the Biodiversity Pavilion.

Some of Ecobuild's key partnerships for next year include: UK Green Building Council (Lead Partner for Ecobuild 2014), UK Trade & Investment (Government Partner), BRE (Research & Innovation Partner), and lead supporters Carbon Trust, CIBSE and RICS.

2014 will also see an emphasis in bringing exhibitors and visitors closer together through an array of networking opportunities and social events.

Ecobuild will take place between 4–6 of March 2014 at ExCeL, London.

Free tickets can be registered at www.ecobuild.co.uk.

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