Clearview National April 2018 - Issue 197 - Page 26

ECOBUILD Ecobuild calls for sustainable future » » ECOBUILD 2018 - THE EXHIBITION which looks at the future of design, construction and the built environment - came to a close with a resounding call for action to deliver on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A total of 26,590 visitors attended the three- day show from March 6-8 at ExCeL, London, with over 450 exhibitors and 500 industry expert speakers. A list of key themes for both the built environment and government was developed across all 12 conference sessions, which centred around taking action now and working as collaboratively as possible. Many systems and products were exhibited. Among them was a new roofing system, BauderBLUE, from flat roofing manufacturer Bauder. Elizabeth Brabner from the company said: “We had a crowd of about 50 people around the stand on the first morning to watch, and all three days were really busy, with great conversations, we haven’t stopped. The visitors who sign up for the show have a real purpose, which leads to valuable conversations. We’re already looking forward to next year and we’re planning an even more interactive stand, where people can touch and feel our products in different environments. It will also be a great opportunity to showcase our project work involving the products we’ve launched this year.” Also at the show was world leading infrared specialist, FLIR Systems. FLIR showed its commitment to thermal imaging for building science applications with its widest ever choice of cameras and imaging meters. Several new models have been added to its range since the company’s last appearance at ecobuild and they collectively provide a thermal imaging solution for every application and budget. Energy loss, or more importantly energy saving, is of high interest at every level. The property owner, whether it be domestic or commercial, must demonstrate due diligence in reducing costs. As a result, there has never been a greater need for the wide scope of FLIR thermal imaging. It is a fast and effective troubleshooting and thermal analysis tool that 26 » A PR 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Left to right - Ann Bentley, Sue Riddlestone OBE, Dr Kayla Friedman, and Davide Stronati can be applied to a variety of applications. The technology clearly shows defects such as poor insulation, air leakage, water ingress, damp and moisture, plumbing and drainage blockages, thermal bridging, and underfloor heating faults. And one of its greatest benefits is that it provides visual evidence of the problem that can be shared and understood by others. SUSTAINABILITY SUPERHEROES On day three of ecobuild there were in- depth discussions around how well the UK’s property and construction sector is performing when it comes to sustainability and how it can go further. Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said there is an “inconsistent approach to measuring success” and warned that industry has a long way to go until it is truly sustainable. Louise Clarke, Head of Sustainable Places at Berkeley Group, meanwhile called for “sustainability superheroes” who consider all factors together. The drive for visitors and exhibitors to help deliver the SDGs, which started on day one, continued with more and more pledges being added to Bioregional’s stand. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), working with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), announced that it is bringing together the world’s civil engineering organisations for the first time in a generation. The Global Engineering Congress, which will take place in London in October, will determine how to make the delivery of the SDGs a reality. This year’s ecobuild was truly about professionals from across the built environment coming together to create and curate the event they want and need. This approach has been hailed a success with dozens of exhibitors already getting on board for next year. ‘We’re already looking forward to next year and we’re planning an even more interactive stand, where people can touch and feel our products in different environments’ Summing up day three, Martin Hurn, Managing Director of Futurebuild Events Ltd, said: “To be able to end ecobuild 2018 with such a sense of purpose and a drive towards a more sustainable future is fantastic. The post-show mandate that we are creating will be one that we hope will inspire real change. The vision for this year was to make ecobuild a collaborative event and to see so many exhibitors already excited for next year is brilliant.”