“Best ever” Futurebuild closes with call to action

Futurebuild 2020 (March 3-5, ExCel London) drew to a close with a powerful call to action for the renewables and allied sectors to work more closely together to fight climate change.

The three-day exhibition (previously known as Ecobuild) focussed primarily on the climate emergency and the problems it poses for the built environment, via a number of keynote, arena and workshop sessions.

According to show organisers, more than 27,000 visitors were due to attend Futurebuild across the three-days.

They were able to see a range of high-profile speakers including London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart and Deputy Chair of the Climate Change Committee Baroness Brown of Cambridge cover a range of topics that centred around helping the industry achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Representatives from a wide range of industry organisations also participated in the arena programme and keynote stages, including the Solar Trade Association, Energy Saving Trust, Heat Pump Association, MCS, CIBSE, UK Building Council, BRE and BEIS.

With more than 450 exhibitors, there was much else on offer for renewables installers with a sizeable presence from many of largest manufacturers and suppliers including Go Geothermal, Glen Dimplex and Cool Energy Holding.

Meanwhile, a new feature at this year’s show was the Innovation Trail which gave visitors a list of 20 exhibitors that were showcasing innovative products and construction methods.

The Big Innovation Pitch returned this year to invite companies from across six different sectors to present their ideas and solutions in the categories of buildings, critical infrastructure, energy, interiors, offsite and resourceful materials.

A total of 36 presentations were made, with office furniture company Rype Office declared overall winner for its health promoting interiors.

Martin Hurn, Futurebuild event director, said: “We are determined that this year’s event will lead to meaningful action that will make a real difference to the environment.

“We’re also delighted that the Big Innovation Pitch is back with such a bang. I want to say thank you to all the finalists and of course huge congratulations to Rype Office. We’re excited to see what the future holds for them.”

He added: “We would like to thank all of our brilliant exhibitors, partners, speakers and visitors for making this year’s event the best yet. The message is clear, the time for talking is over.

“We hope everyone involved in the event has been inspired to take the action that’s so desperately needed to deliver a more sustainable future.”