Futurebuild 2019: the challenges for architecture and construction professionals

Futurebuild is the leading built environment event for architecture and construction professionals to meet and learn, be inspired and do business. Taking place from 5 to 7th March, the event will focus on exploring and tackling the biggest challenges impacting the industry and will be a unique destination for visitors to gain unrivalled insight and hands-on experience around the latest innovations, products and materials in order to address these challenges.


eveloped in conjunction with renowned, industry-leading partners, Futurebuild will provide over 500 hours of structured learning across an inspiring conference programme and 11 seminar streams – all completely free of charge and CPD-accredited.

Meeting challenges and making commitments

Central to Futurebuild is the ecobuild conference, where visitors will be inspired to take action on the most pressing challenges through insights and knowledge sharing from leading experts. In line with the overarching theme of ‘Time For Action’, the conference sessions will be collaborative forums where visitors will develop plans for change and propose actions for a more sustainable future.

Futurebuild will be the platform where 13 challenges are tackled, including how the industry can overcome the housing crisis, how to put health and wellbeing at the heart of building design and how to achieve a truly circular economy.

An immersive experience

In addition, over 500 market-leading brands and organisations from across the globe – including RIBA, Bauder, Steico and Smart Systems – will be showcasing their latest innovations and contributing to the extensive knowledge programme. To ensure visitors gain a truly immersive and in-depth experience across all areas of the industry, these exhibitors will be hosted across six curated hubs: Urban Infrastructure, Buildings, Interiors, Materials, Offsite and Energy.

Each hub will include unique feature attractions and a concentrated education programme hosted by a relevant sector-specific authority. They will also host a variety of new and expanded pavilions and attractions including the City Walk, Made In Britain, Vision@Futurebuild, the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) Pavilion, the Home of the Future by Tufeco, the RIBA Stand designed by Gundry + Ducker, and many more.

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New and exclusive features

Futurebuild will be bolstered by a range of new and exclusive partnerships and features.

As an official UK Government Innovation Partner, Futurebuild will be hosting the Innovation Zone with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. At the zone, BEIS will be showcasing the work of the Energy Innovation Programme and demonstrating how it is delivering the Clean Growth Strategy. Focusing on true innovation, it will provide a platform for investment and knowledge exchange across three areas: a dedicated three-day seminar series; an exhibition featuring innovative companies BEIS and Innovative UK has provided funding to; and a ‘Business Bar’ in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network – providing one-to-one advice and support on accessing funding.

New for 2019 is the Knowledge Forum – a dedicated area where industry-leading partners, academia and professional bodies will offer a comprehensive look at the biggest issues facing the built environment. Hosting CPD workshops, the Knowledge Forum will provide useful solutions and guidance for visitors to take back to the office.

The Waste Zone will return with new and expanded features, including the new Circular Economy Hub. Curated by Architect, academic and Author Duncan Baker-Brown, the area will take a unique beach hut format and showcase how waste can be a valuable industry resource.

In an exclusive sector first, Futurebuild is also partnering with GIGA – a leading organisation driving greater accessibility of international building product certifications via cloud software. This will come to life through a new Futurebuild product directory and a dedicated new area of the event – the mindful MATERIALS Certification Pavilion.

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