英国伦敦新建筑建材展览会（futurebuild / Ecobuild）是英国最大的创新 建筑及建材展览会，是未来。展会创办于 2005 年，一年一届，在伦敦举行。futurebuild 参展商覆盖了可持续性及创新建筑及建材 产业的完整体系，多年来已经发展成为英国最知名、影响力最大的建筑建材行业盛会， 业内的各类顶尖企业每年选择 futurebuild 作为他们最重要的营销及发布平台，并通 过展会寻找及强调可持续建筑的创新及机遇。
Futurebuild 旨在推动行业的各大品牌商、制造商、经销商及专业买家提供一个 相互交流行业最新资讯，共同探索市场最新动态的国际平台。Futurebuild 吸引了整 个供应链——建筑师、房屋建筑商、开发商、顾问和承包商，2023 年展会共有 400 多家企业参展，20000 多名专业观众到场参观，并举办了多场行业研讨会（共有 500 多名演讲嘉宾），参展商除开发与积累更多的客户资源外，更是有机会与来自目标市 场的行业决策者进行面对面的交流洽谈，共同探索及迎接新的市场机遇。
市场前景：节能环保已成为英国的政治时尚，各党都在宣传自己的节能主张，占据道义制高 点，以赢得更多选民。英国政府的推动及社会的高度环保意识，给英国的节能环保建 筑建材市场带来了极大商机。英国脱欧以后的建筑、建材领域正日益成为一个具有本 土体系的独立市场，Futurebuild 是中国创新建筑建材企业扩展英国市场的最佳选择。
根据英国国家统计局的最新官方数据，2023 年 2 月份建筑业产出略有增长，增 长了 2.4% (SA)。在截至前三个月里，总体建筑产量增长了 0.9% (SA)，比去年同期 高出 5.1%，维修和保养产出小幅增长 3.1%，同比增长 7.8%。在此期间，这一增长是 由公共住房 RM&I 工作增长 7.5% (SA)和非住房 RM&I 工作增长 5.5%推动的。公共非住 宅(+4.7% SA)和基础设施工程(+2.8% SA)较前三个月增加。公营新建房屋较前三个月 上升 3.1% (SA)，而私人新建房屋则下跌 4.4% (SA)。由此可见英国的建筑、建材市 场在度过了疫情期和脱欧适应期后，正在陆续回暖。
环保建筑材料及室内装修材料： 各类环保建筑材料（石材、陶瓷、玻璃、门窗、型砖、钢材、有色金属、木材、瓷砖、 地板与地毯、石膏、木材、油毯、粗绒、铺路材料、水泥、涂料、油漆）、保温隔热 材料、内饰和家具等
节能卫浴材料及洁具： 水暖器材、暖通管道、PVC 管道及附件、卫浴洁具及五金配件等；
照明及节能家电： 室内和室外照明产品、LED 灯、各类智能及节能家用电器
环境保护： 可持续发展方案、废物利用、水资源处理、燃料电磁、煤炭处理、空气能、环保节能、 回收和废物管理系统、建筑性能支持、装修支持、规划支持等
Futurebuild, the event dedicated to building a better future for the built environment calls a wrap on its exciting annual industry event held from 7-9th March. Trailblazers from across the entire built environment came together to take a stand through innovation, knowledge-sharing and networking.
Across the three days, Futurebuild hosted over 17,800 visitors, 500 speakers, 400 exhibitors, 135 sessions, and 90 curators to join forces in creating a more sustainable future. With sustainability a more relevant topic than ever, Futurebuild’s expansive exhibition was specially curated to drive change across the entire supply chain through showcasing the best in innovative bioproducts and sustainable solutions throughout the whole event.
Futurebuild celebrated innovation through its established Big Innovation Pitch, which saw tepeo’s ZEB win the grand prize this year and Futurebuild’s new Big Ideas Pitch, which crowned startup Firstplanit the inaugural winner.
A showcase that truly makes a difference
In addition to celebrating innovation in sustainable products, Futurebuild wanted to offer solutions which create a quantifiable, positive impact on the environment. As many products claim to be sustainable, Futurebuild placed an emphasis on providing accurate factual reporting about the green credentials of its offerings. One of Futurebuild’s speakers, Dr. Tom Woolley, architect and environmental researcher, author of ‘Natural Building Materials, Health and Indoor Air Quality’, and chair of the UK Clean Air Steering Committee observed, “There were enough really green stands there to make it worthwhile and not too much greenwashing!”
The exhibition showcased ground-breaking feature builds, including the truly innovative ZEDPower Micro Home from ZEDfactory, an architectural firm offering Zero (fossil) Energy Development (ZED) buildings in the UK and worldwide. The micro home is a flatpack, self-build and zero-bills eco-home that requires nothing more than a rubber mallet and a drill to assemble. Bill Dunster OBE, founder of ZEDfactory, remarked on the value Futurebuild offers: “Futurebuild is the best possible platform to launch a big idea – and has a value to society way beyond any conventional trade show.”
Additionally, Duncan Baker-Brown architect, academic and environmental activist, remarked, “I thought that the show was different to recently inasmuch as there were lots of climate and carbon-aware products and companies supporting the normal excellent array of debates.”
Making macro debates centre stage
Across the three days, Futurebuild’s renowned Seminar programme covered key themes delivered by industry partners from a wide range of disciplines who are passionate about instigating change. Likewise, Futurebuild’s Conference put the industry’s most pressing problems at the forefront of the sustainability conversation, helping to spark debate and formulate solutions to problems.
Futurebuild’s organisers were overwhelmed by the turnout, and attendees displayed a genuine enthusiasm and actively participated in the question-and-answer sessions, leading to some great debates. Throughout the three-day event, seminars proved so popular that many sessions had standing room only.
On the main Conference Arena, each day began with a rousing keynote address from an expert industry speaker to help define the theme of the day. Sarwjit Sambhit, Chief Executive Officer of St Modwen, a Blackstone portfolio company, kicked of day one’s theme of ‘Looking Forward’. Sarwjit discussed the importance of technological innovation in engineering and the wider built environment industry, remarking how every business in the sector has the opportunity to make a difference going forward.
After the first day set the scene for an optimistic outlook for the built environment industry, day two focused on how professionals can drive ‘Change’ in the sector. Day two opened with an eye-opening keynote address by Pascal Smet, Secretary of State, Brussels – Capital Region who discussed circular construction and its positive impacts. Brussels is considered to be Europe’s laboratory for sustainable construction, and the Belgian capital is making circularity the new normal. Pascal discussed how Brussels is future-proofing construction and looked at how this could set the stage for international construction standards.
After outlining ideas for change, day three focused on ‘Taking Action’. Trudy Harrison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs gave the Ministerial keynote address, stating that the time is now to make change. Commenting on the event, Trudy said, “Futurebuild really focuses on sustainability, innovation, and bringing people together. It’s absolutely critical.”
Staying true to its roots sustainability and innovation ran through every aspect of the show and saw the team launch their Walk the Talk campaign that led to a significant reduction in the event’s carbon footprint. Removing the aisle carpet alone (just one of the changes) reduced the event’s carbon emissions by 27,707kg. Over the next 12 months the team at Futurebuild will assess what impact the changes had and what more changes can be made to drive even further reductions in 2024.
Commenting on Futurebuild 2023, Sue Riddlestone, CEO of Bioregional commented “We are in the middle of a climate and ecological emergency and Futurebuild is one of the few conferences really focusing on that for the sector.”
Fiona Harvey, Environment Editor for the Guardian commented, “It’s really crucial that professionals are able to communicate with each other, share best practice and talk about how we are going to get these innovations out there as quickly as possible.”
Stay tuned for more
Futurebuild 2023 ended in the same way it began with an optimistic outlook for the future of the built environment. Visitors left with renewed excitement and new knowledge of sustainable solutions and innovations in the sector. Although the annual live event is over, Futurebuild works on providing content all year round. To relive the event, the full programme will be available in the coming weeks.
Having received insightful feedback from visitors on what they would like to see at Futurebuild 2024 the team is inspired to cover an even greater range of topics next year to again engage and challenge the industry to build better.
Martin Hurn, Event Director of Futurebuild made his closing remarks: “Futurebuild 2023 has come to an end and what an amazing three days we have had! Today’s theme was action, and there’s been a huge amount of action from the built environment to driving sustainability and innovation. A massive thank you to all of our sponsors, our hundreds of speakers and thousands of visitors that have come to the event. We appreciate all of our exhibitors and visitors getting involved with the Take a Stand campaign and we can’t wait to discuss this more in the coming months.”
Save the date 5th-7th March 2024 – don’t miss out on next year’s show.