The event shaped by you

Ecobuild is returning to the ExCeL London in March 2018 and under the new ownership of Futurebuild Events, things are set to be very different

Ecobuild 2018 is being designed and built around the industry, bringing to life the latest technology, freshest thinking and most innovative materials.

The event is not only being shaped through comprehensive industry feedback, but also with direct input from leading industry influencers. These include Lynne Sullivan, Nathan Baker, Julie Hirigoyen, Darren Richards and Peter Murray, who are all members of the ecobuild Steering Group, which is helping to set the agenda for the event.

Martin Hurn, managing director of Futurebuild Events explains: “New, independent ownership offers a unique opportunity to completely overhaul the event. We believe that to be as relevant and valuable as possible, we need to understand and act on what built environment professionals want to see at ecobuild. We see our role as to facilitate the agenda, rather than dictate it.”

Ecobuild sustainability showcases

Surrounding the conference arena will be the ecobuild sustainability showcases, home to the some of the most innovative solutions to the issues facing the built environment. The showcases will truly put sustainability at the heart of the event.

They will feature two full-scale builds, including the zero net carbon home from ZEDfactory – designed to minimise fossil fuels and annual energy bills. It offers a complete response to the housing crisis.

The Edible Bus Stop returns with The Hive, a pocket park highlighting biodiversity, biophilia, health and wellbeing. Another highlight is the WasteZone, curated by architect, academic and activist Duncan Baker-Brown, which will allow visitors to discover waste’s potential. 

The futurebuild districts    

The conference arena and sustainability showcases are surrounded by the futurebuild districts, each of which will act as an immersive and stimulating area where people, brands and companies will be able to network and develop profitable relationships.

The Building Performance district is where architects can look far beyond the construction and design of buildings, instead considering the wellbeing agenda across new build, refurb and retrofit projects too. Leading brands responsible for providing the envelope of a building will showcase the latest construction materials, products and technologies.

This district will also be home to the RIBA bookshop and lounge, a vibrant architect designed space next to the seminar area. It will be used to promote the RIBA brand, the benefits of membership and to sell relevant architecture publications. This area will be designed by Freehaus, a young architecture practice, which won a competition in association with Rockpanel and ROCKWOOL.

In the Energy and HVAC district, the latest innovations and best practices across renewables, smart buildings and HVAC will be presented through a series of seminars and workshops. The Green and Blue Infrastructure district will offer solutions in water management, external landscaping, biophilic design and biodiversity.

New for 2018 is the Timber district, in association with the Structural Timber Association and supported by Wood for Good and TRADA. This will be a showcase for the latest technological innovations and systems, alongside the Timber Talks seminar programme.

Another new addition is the Concrete district, delivered in association with The Concrete Centre and This Is Concrete. Here, information and inspiration will be shared to realise the potential of concrete as a sustainable material, as well as its range of solutions for housing, buildings and infrastructure.

Following its success last year, offsite technology will return for the second year in partnership with Explore Offsite. The district will feature a ground-breaking exhibition of offsite construction solutions and masterclasses.

This year will again see District Energy taken to the next level. The district will be hosted by the ukDEA and is in association with the Danish and Swedish Embassies. It’s set to include a programme full of key speakers and debates, a networking lounge and a product launch pad. 

The CPD Accredited Conference Programme

This year’s conference takes its lead from global environmental targets, with sessions reflecting the concerns of the built environment industry and formulating practical recommendations for action. Some of the big issues represented by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement will provide the focus. Speakers include experts in their field, including Jane Duncan, Paula Caballero, John Elkington and Bill Dunster.

Key partnerships

Ecobuild is working with a number of strategic partners who are contributing to the overall strategy and shape of the event to ensure it is wholly reflective of the industry’s needs. Notable partners include the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the RIBA, CIAT, NLA, Bioregional, CIBSE, The Edible Bus Stop and the Edge. The event will also host the BREEAM Awards and the Offsite Construction Awards.

When & where

Ecobuild takes place at the ExCeL, London from 6 – 8 March. For more details and to register for a free ticket visit