Ecobuild, the event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment brought together more than 57,000 industry professionals from 20-22 March 2012 at London’s ExCeL. Over the three days visitors explored the products, services and innovations from more than 1,500 exhibitors including world-renowned organisations, Schueco, E.ON, Saint-Gobain, BASF, Kingspan, Vaillant, and Worcester Bosch. In addition to the industry’s heavy-weights, visitors were also able to explore up and coming companies in the exclusive entrepreneur’s zone, Green Shoots.
Running alongside the exhibition, visitors were able to attend more than 130 free of charge conference and seminar sessions featuring a host of high profile politicians, cutting edge industry experts and renowned commentators. Well known names on the programme included: Jack Straw, Michael Portillo, Kevin McCloud, Monty Don, Janet Street Porter, Alan Johnson, Jonathan Dimbleby, Mark Prisk MP and Sir John Armitt. The success of the comprehensive education programme was clearly evident with many sessions having standing room only.
James Blue, portfolio director, Ecobuild said: “Ecobuild has proved once again that it’s the meeting place for the sustainable built environment community. Ecobuild is about sharing ideas and best practice, sparking debate and discussion and learning about the most current regulations and legislation. The event could not have come at a more critical time for the built environment sector.”
UBM, the new owner of Ecobuild is looking to further develop and enhance the event to ensure it maintains, and grows on, its position as the must-attend event for everyone in the sustainable design, construction and built environment industry. UBM already has a strong stable of products within the built environment including the leading brands, Building, Property Week and BD as well as RESI, Building Future Education and Sleep Europe. Blue says: “Our experience and existing products within the built environment mean that we’re in a strong position to grow Ecobuild and to continue to provide the industry with an event which encourages debate, discussion and innovation.”
Deborah Bird from Schueco says: “Ecobuild 2012 was a vibrant event and we were delighted to be the lead sponsor. Visitors were good quality and they had a genuine interest in what Schueco had to offer. Constantly evolving, Ecobuild proved to be a must attend event for the entire industry.”
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