Last night saw the launch of the most wide-ranging review of the impact of digital construction ever seen in the UK construction industry, to be undertaken by Ecobuild in partnership with Building magazine and Building Design (BD), with a call for papers from professionals across the sector.

At the offices of Ecobuild organiser UBM in central London, a high level construction industry audience heard Martin Hurn, Ecobuild Event Director, explain the scope of the review, which will be published in the run-up to Ecobuild 2016 and distributed to pre-registered attendees. The review will gather views from companies, associations and individuals on how digital construction methods – one of the key drivers for change in the industry – including BIM, procurement, on site technologies and smart building systems are impacting on their businesses, and their predictions for the future.

UBM266_xlargeOver 100 leading contractors, developers, architects, industry bodies and consultants – including representatives from Wates Group, Laing O’Rourke, UK-GBC, Barratt Homes, HTA Architects, Education Funding Agency, Turner & Townsend and Ryder Architecture – also had a sneak preview of some exciting new features that are being introduced at Ecobuild 2016. Those in attendance were also given a snapshot of the major industry speakers confirmed and an explanation of how the event has evolved for 2016.

Martin outlined the event’s key focus on infrastructure, digital construction and off-site, three themed conference days covering the growth sectors of Homes, Architecture and Next Generation, and the new exhibition feature areas including SMART focusing on smart technology and DISCOVER featuring innovative construction materials.

Tom Lane, Editor, Building Design, told the assembled audience how the profile of the magazine’s highly respected BD Architect of the Year Awards will be raised further in 2016 when it moves to London’s ExCeL to become a key highlight of Ecobuild 2016’s day two focus on architecture. He also described further enhancements to the awards and outlined the key topics that Building Design will be covering during its seminar slots at Ecobuild 2016.

Martin Hurn commented:

“The Leaders Reception was a crucial opportunity to bring our high calibre audience of industry leaders together to not only tell them about this ground-breaking review of digital construction methods, but also to give them an enticing glimpse of what we have planned for Ecobuild 2016.”

“The attendees responded warmly to the fact we have initiated a major piece of cross-industry research which will be captured in a comprehensive State of the Nation report,” he added. “There was also strong approval for the themes and features we have developed for Ecobuild’s evolved proposition for 2016.”

For further information about the digital construction review, please visit www.ecobuild.co.uk/digitalconstruction

For more information about Ecobuild 2016 which takes place from 8th to 10th March at London’s ExCeL, please visit www.ecobuild.co.uk.

Ecobuild has reinforced its position as the leading UK exhibition and conference for the construction and energy market, with a record number of visitors pre-registering to attend following the launch of the event’s evolved proposition.

Passing the 10,000 pre-registrations mark with six months to go to until the 2016 event reflects the success of Ecobuild’s strategy of refreshing the event to focus on growth and market priorities and align with its audience’s key topics. Held annually at ExCeL, Ecobuild is the construction industry’s number one meeting place, and the only UK construction and energy event that attracts over 40,000 professionals annually from across the built environment supply chain.

Ecobuild has identified key growth areas for the industry including wellness, housing, energy efficiency, infrastructure and technology and tailored the conference programme and exhibition around them. The conference’s three themed days cover Homes, Architecture and Next Generation – which will look at a broad range of future challenges for construction.

A high profile speaker lineup on the first housing-dedicated day includes Tony Pidgley, Chairman of leading housebuilder Berkeley Group and Richard Sheridan, Chief Executive of developer Keepmoat. Highlights of day two include Design Panel chair of HS2 Sadie Morgan, and outspoken architect and broadcaster, Jonathan Meades. The final day will include key sessions looking at future design approaches from architects Alex Smith of [Y/N] Studio and Sam Martin, director of Exterior Architecture, and social entrepreneur Anna Hill, founder of Space Synapse.

Over the years leaders across the industry have become reliant on Ecobuild, each have their own reasons why Ecobuild has a vital place in their business. 5 Days, 5 Voices is a series of video stories from key leaders in the industry talk about their future and what the event means to them. The first is sustainability leader Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, giving a strong endorsement of the event and describing its importance for UK-GBC.

Also already thinking ahead to next year’s event are Kevin Bohea, Commercial Director at Recticel, and Alison Furness, Marketing, Sustainability and CSR Manager at AkzoNobel. Giving the construction marketeer’s perspective on the show’s direction is Simon Trott, Managing Director at construction specialist PR Consultancy Shaw & Underwood.

Ecobuild’s exhibition features two major new features for 2016 to engage visitors. SMART showcasing intelligent building technology and DISCOVER featuring cutting edge products, materials and construction methods both bring fresh approaches to enabling visitors to interact with and experience innovations at the show.

In 2015, 96% of the top UK architectural practices attended Ecobuild, as well as 84%% of the top 25 UK contractors and housebuilders. As well as a networking opportunity for visitors and a chance to see the latest technical and product innovations in the market first hand, the exhibition is a crucial chance for companies to meet decision makers, with 65% of visitors authorising or specifying products, and 71% at managerial level or above.

Martin Hurn, Director, Ecobuild commented: “It’s fantastic that the industry has responded so positively to the proposition that we have driven forward for Ecobuild focusing on key growth areas and future drivers, while retaining sustainability at its heart. The record numbers of registrations tells us that we are on the right track in making sure Ecobuild gives industry suppliers and buyers what they need.”

To view the videos, please click here.

With the global market for smart building technologies forecast to triple to £14billion by 2019, Ecobuild, the largest and longest running sustainable design and construction event, has announced a new show feature that will focus on this growing industry trend.

SMART will be the centrepiece of the Energy section of the exhibition, with live room sets demonstrating how smart technology including controls, metering, intelligent lighting and connected appliances can work together to bring greater efficiency in real world settings. As well as a domestic living room, visitors will be able to explore a retail environment, office, garage and bathroom to see what the latest intelligent building technology can deliver.

The development of the feature is a direct result of demand from show visitors. At the centre of the building industry for over a decade, Ecobuild was attended by over 40,000 industry professionals last year. “In a survey of Ecobuild visitors, 72% want to learn about new services & technologies. Our new SMART feature will bring this to life and fulfill that need,” commented Martin Hurn, Ecobuild Event Director.

“This exciting new feature will not only provide a wide variety of ways for visitors to see and interact with intelligent building technology in live settings,  it will also see exhibitors collaborating to show their products working together to provide maximum efficiencies. This is how the full benefits of this technology are realised and SMART will be a unique platform to showcase it to the industry.”

Located around the central cluster of live room sets will be 12 Hubs of Excellence, showcasing exhibitors who are bringing innovative smart technology to a wide range of end users and commercial clients.

SMART has been designed with architects, housebuilders, specifiers, developers, energy assessors and sustainability specialists in mind. It will allow them to learn how smart building technology can revolutionise how their buildings are controlled. In addition, the feature is being created for installers attending Ecobuild 2016, showing them how integrating smart building technology can provide cost savings and carbon reductions for clients as well as maximum convenience and added value to their businesses.

Ecobuild 2016 takes place from 8th to 10th March 2016 at London’s ExCeL, and is the industry’s meeting place to debate, discover products and share success. Ecobuild attracts over 40,000 visitors from the entire built environment supply chain. It is designed to cater for architects, consultants, local authorities, developers, contractors, housebuilders, project managers, engineers, sustainability managers, facility managers, energy assessors, BIM professionals and installers. A total of 96% of the top UK architectural practices, and 84% of the top housebuilders and contractors, attended Ecobuild 2015.

For further information about Ecobuild 2016 please visit www.ecobuild.co.uk.

The UK’s construction meeting place Ecobuild is putting sustainability at the core of the event by confirming the leading campaigning body for green construction issues the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) as its exclusive lead partner for 2016.

The partnership reflects the two leading organisations’ closely aligned commitment to inspire best practice and push boundaries to demonstrate the value of sustainability throughout the industry. Ecobuild and UK-GBC have worked collaboratively to advocate a focus on long-term sustainability policy to Government, as well as continuing to make a strong case for sustainability across the industry. Ecobuild is also a partner of the World Green Building Council of which the UK-GBC, itself representing over 400 member organisations, is a member.

Ecobuild UK-GBC is collaborating with Ecobuild on the development of compelling content for visitors to Ecobuild 2016, and will be hosting thought-provoking Leaders’ Debates on each of the three conference days which focus on Homes, Architecture and Next Generation respectively. In each debate Chief Executive of UK-GBC Julie Hirigoyen will pose five future challenges for the construction industry to a panel of Industry Leaders and Future Leaders, including major housebuilders, consultants, architects, main contractors and developers who will respond with practical ideas on delivery. UK-GBC will also be providing more bite-sized content in several fringe conference sessions around the main arena.

Thanks to the exclusive partnering agreement Ecobuild and UK-GBC will be able to harness their combined strengths further with a closer working relationship at the 2016 event, which will enable UK-GBC to bring its messages to an audience of over 40,000 visitors. In addition, with many of the organisation’s members exhibiting at Ecobuild, the event provides an important opportunity for UK-GBC to reconnect and communicate directly with them.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of UK-GBC commented: “It has never been more important for the industry to lead on demonstrating the business case for implementing higher sustainability standards and to share that across the different segments of the industry. Ecobuild is the biggest platform for getting our message across and we will be using this important opportunity as lead partner at Ecobuild 2016 to disseminate key messages including the need to decouple growth from adverse environmental impact.”

Alison Jackson, Group Director, Exhibitions, UBM EMEA Built Environment commented: “We share core values with UK-GBC and having them as lead partner will enable us to promote sustainable construction even more actively in 2016. This close collaboration is one way we are ensuring that sustainability remains at the heart of Ecobuild.”

For further information about Ecobuild 2016 please visit www.ecobuild.co.uk.

More than a dozen PVC-U and aluminium systems producers are showing at The FIT Show when it opens on April 12th, 13th and 14th next year, the biggest gathering of such companies for a decade.

With many of the industry’s established stalwarts exhibiting there are also one or two newer names joining the throng and all are claiming something new on offer, including brand new systems. However, all are keeping their big items under wraps for the time being.

FIT Show managing director Paul Godwin worked on Glassex for more than a decade and says this is the most impressive gathering of such companies for probably 10 years: “There has been a significant rationalisation of the systems companies since the heady days of the ‘80s and ‘90s but the dozen plus systems companies exhibiting at next year’s FIT Show is the best turnout for a decade, and includes most of the big names.

Companies exhibiting so far include: Deceuninck, Duraflex, Eclectic, Eurocell, Ikon, Liniar, Profile 22, Rehau, Selecta, Spectus, Swish, Synseal and VEKA.

“This is great news for the window industry,” Paul continued. “That these companies are investing millions of pounds in design, development, new machinery and tooling at this time is great news for all of us. It shows great faith in the future of the industry.

“As many of these companies are revealing brand new, ground-up systems, it presents an excellent opportunity for fabricators and installers that may be looking at additional or alternative systems, who can use the opportunity to compare most of the major brands, all under the same roof at the same time.”

Paul suggests that it shows an extraordinary commitment to The FIT Show: “That The FIT Show has become a key part of the window, door and conservatory industry’s calendar is confirmed by these and other exhibitors coordinating their product development cycle with the Show. We see that as a big responsibility and will be pulling out all the stops to make sure the 2016 FIT Show is the best so far. It is already the biggest in terms of the number and variety of exhibitors and should be in everyone’s diary: 12th, 13th 14th April 2016 at the International Centre Telford!”

More information on The FIT Show can be found at: www.fitshow.co.uk.

Shower manufacturer Redring will join Contour Showers on stand G82 at this month’s Occupational Therapy Show, showcasing its market-leading Selectronic Premier range of thermostatic care showers.

A rated for energy efficiency and trusted by care professionals for over 25 years, Selectronic Premier is BEAB Care and RNIB approved.

The showers use advanced thermostatic technology to maintain constant water temperatures for a comfortable and safe showering experience, while large, easy-to-press one-touch buttons, an LED display and audible feedback allow for easy shower operation.

Selectronic Premier features unique data logger technology which tracks showering patterns, usage and a unique fault-finder system for problem solving,

Included in the range are models with extended riser rails and hoses for seated showering, and remote controls, which allow the shower to be operated at a distance by carers.

Discover more at the NEC on stand G82 at this month’s Occupational Therapy Show from 25th to 26th November or visit www.redring.co.uk.

Fibre cement Cedral Click has helped a self builder in Northamptonshire achieve an architectural fusion between their property’s impressive angular design and the neighbouring Grade II listed church spire.

The facade’s ability to visually reduce the impact of the building on the landscape is based around a symbiotic relationship with the slate grey Cedral Click and honey coloured stone, which work together to make the most of sunlight, shadow and sightlines in this beautiful Conservation Area of Broughton, Northamptonshire.

This juxtaposition of facade materials was accentuated by the architects following through the angular roof design within the facade. The effect is to further reduce the building’s dominance, whichever elevation it is viewed from, creating a structure that appears less imposing, yet retains a geometry that works with the church spire in the background.

Aside from Cedral Click’s visual possibilities, the flush-fitting boards give a sense of elegance and weightlessness, avoiding the issue on some buildings where a solid facade over dominates the overall design.

Cedral Click, with its lightweight yet strong properties, enabled the designers to create a structure with complex, engaging forms, yet one that still appears deceptively at home in this Conservation Area.

The 300m², three bedroom home was the inspiration of the Manning family and Market Harborough-based Leaf Architecture. Mr Manning said: “The support from Marley Eternit has been phenomenal, our sales contact took the time to meet us and discuss exactly what it was that we wanted. We couldn’t fault their customer service and Cedral Click has far exceeded our expectations and created a striking feature.”

Cedral Click is the UK’s first and only fibre cement tongue and groove cladding system where the planks fit together flush and is offered in a range of seven colours.

With the visual appeal of natural timber and the durability of a fibre cement product, Cedral Click has good resistance to fire (A2-s1,d0 to EN13501-1). Being made from fibre cement means that it won’t warp or shrink over time like timber. The installers used a concealed fixing system to enhance the sheer, smooth facade.

Cedral Click achieves an A+ rating in the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Green Guide to Specification based on generic rating: Cedral Click – autoclaved fibre cement (calcium silicate) cladding – (Element Ref: 806220701, 806220675, 806220676).

Marley Eternit also offers Cedral Lap weatherboard, a more traditional, clapper-board aesthetic where the planks overlap. Both Cedral Click and Cedral Lap are made from fibre cement, which ensures low maintenance and a life expectancy of 50 years.

For further information on Cedral just ask ME at www.cedral.co.uk or call ME on 01283 722588. You can also follow ME on Twitter @MarleyEternit. If it matters to you it matters to us, that’s why with ME it’s all about you.

Marley Contract Services is celebrating success after winning in the UK Roofing Awards 2015 for its work on a community housing development in Aberdeen.

Marley Contract Services has been awarded in the best Single-Lap Tiling & Slating category in the prestigious awards, which are led by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) to recognise outstanding standards of workmanship and safety across the roofing industry.

The win is for the team’s work with Scotia Homes, which appointed Marley Contract Services to carry out roof works on a series of town houses as part of its innovative community style housing development in the sought after suburb of Bridge of Don in Aberdeen.

The project saw the regional team carry out intricate tiling on the roof areas to create aesthetic appeal to complement the different housing styles on the site and surrounding area. This included the roof valleys being cut near and straight as well as cutting the ridge hips neatly at the mitred junction.

The builder specified a red clay tile on the main roof area to create striking stand out, while small plain tiles were used around the bay windows to provide a contrasting affect. Hips were installed using a dry system on the Main Roof sections with close mitred hips on Bay Windows.

Due to the number of other contractors operating across the site, timescales for the roofing project were extremely tight, which required the expert team from Marley Contract Services to work closely with the other on-site teams to meet strict deadlines. In addition to time constraints, keeping the building watertight throughout the build was of paramount importance, which meant the team had to operate with maximum efficiency, while adhering to stringent health and safety regulations.

The knowledge and expertise of the team, which included a second year apprentice, saw the successful completion of the project, on time, and to the great satisfaction of Scotia Homes.

Commenting on the win, Billy Baird, Managing Director at Marley Contract Services, said: “High quality workmanship is at the heart of Marley Contract Service’s operation, so we’re delighted to be recognised for this within a national award scheme. The Scotia Homes development is a perfect example of the high level of expertise and skills deployed by the team to deliver a project, on time and to the highest of standards, no matter how intricate the design details and I’d like to congratulate everybody involved in this award winning project.”

For more information on Marley Contract Services, call 0141 761 4321 or visit: www.marleycontractservices.co.uk

Hydro International is launching the Hydro-Brake® Agile flow control, marking a significant new opportunity for highly-efficient surface water attenuation with the lowest-possible flood storage volumes to meet stringent planning and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) requirements.

Simple, cost-effective and easy-to-install, the float-activated Hydro-Brake® Agile extends the Hydro-Brake® Flow Control Series, a versatile toolbox of precision-engineered flow controls for every project and budget.

The Hydro-Brake® Agile meets stringent stipulations for surface water discharge rates and can be engineered to achieve the lowest-possible flood storage. It can therefore help developers meet strict planning requirements and ensure acceptance by adopting authorities, while reducing land take and construction costs.

“The Hydro-Brake® Agile achieves a constant rate of discharge and therefore the lowest possible upstream storage volumes,” says Phil Collins, Stormwater Sales and Marketing Manager UK and Ireland. “It is ideal for new developments, watercourse flood alleviation or highways projects with stringent discharge requirements, where the space available for flood storage is very limited.”

“Minimising flood storage above ground avoids the use of valuable building land and minimising flood storage below ground helps solve space limitations in underground tanks or pipework. It also keeps contracting and equipment costs as low as possible.”

“As the cost of a flow control is a small proportion of total project costs, an investment in a precision-engineered device can result in considerable savings, especially where space is at a premium.”

The unit’s automatic operation and predictable, repeatable performance ensure that maintenance costs are minimal. The Hydro-Brake® Agile reduces the long-term management burden by providing a predictable schedule for site management companies or adopting authorities.

Designing an effective system using Hydro-Brake® Agile is easy using Hydro International’s free technical and design support service. Professional engineers are available to provide advice on sizing, flow and storage calculations, as well as assisting with dimensioned installation drawings.

Hydro-Brake® Agile

The Hydro-Brake® Agile comprises an orifice plate with a variable open area regulated by a float-arm operated gate to deliver a constant discharge rate over a wide range of heads. The discharge rate is adjustable to match the discharge requirements for the site.

Discharge through the open gate at low flows is unimpeded. During a storm, the float arm closes the gate until the maximum water level and discharge rate is reached for a designated event, so that the gate is prevented from closing further, despite any increases in head.

The maximum discharge rate is maintained while upstream storage is drained down rapidly, ensuring the unit is ready for subsequent storm events, until the float returns to the resting position with the gate fully open. The Hydro-Brake® Agile is easily adjustable to accommodate changes in operating conditions.

Manufactured from high-grade stainless steel, the Hydro-Brake® Agile Flow Control can be matched to a range of outlet pipe sizes. The unit can be supplied prefitted in a cast concrete chamber for easy on-site installation. To suit the location and invert required, the chamber depth can be easily varied with concrete rings.

The Hydro-Brake® Flow Control Series

The Hydro-Brake® Flow Control Series is a versatile toolbox of precision-engineered devices for surface water control: Hydro-Brake® Agile; Hydro-Brake® Flood Alleviation; Hydro-Brake® Optimum; Hydro-Brake® Orifice.

For more information about the Hydro-Brake® Flow Control Series and other stormwater and waste water management products please call 01275 337937, email enquiries@hydro-int.com or visit www.hydro-int.com.

During UK Construction Week 2015, Airflow Developments launched the new Duplexvent ROTARY range. Representing a significant advancement in the compact construction of a high performance of Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery system, the range utilises a rotary thermal wheel principle to allow for up to 85% heat recovery and the delivery of air volumes from 8000 to 16,000m³/hr. Furthermore, all units comply with the latest ErP Regulations.

The Duplexvent ROTARY Wheel Ventilation with Heat Recovery system is the latest addition to Airflow’s popular Duplexvent range. Each unit houses a thermal wheel, which rotates. Heat is picked up from the exhaust air stream in the top half of the rotation and given up to the fresh air stream in the bottom half of the rotation. This creates a higher flow of air through the unit, despite a more concise space.

Available in a rooftop or indoor version and suitable for commercial or industrial applications, the units are delivered in three parts. The units can be customised with a choice of duct orientations where supply and extract ports can be rotated by up to 90 degrees to allow connections to be installed within the demands of the building’s size and layout.

Quiet in operation, with low Specific Fan Power (from 0.45W/m³H, dependent on flow), Airflow’s Duplexvent ROTARY units provide significant energy savings through its EC fans. The units consist of double skin construction, with high performance 45mm mineral wool with thermal bridging to class T2 and a heat bridge factor of TB2 – contributing towards heat transfer characteristics of 0.037W/mk. In addition, the units are fitted with anti-cross contamination technology, which includes a crossbar across the rotary component, to guard against air contaminants entering the new, fresh air supply.

The equipment is fully specified with a range of optional components and full BMS and Internet connectivity, while optional additions include mixing dampers, integrated heating or cooling coils and purge chambers.

“Our new Duplexvent ROTARY Wheel Ventilation with Heat Recovery system represents a significant evolution in capability,” explained Toni Wong, Product Marketing Executive at Airflow Developments. “The range provides anyone responsible for ventilation within a commercial or industrial environment with a range of easy to install units that offer powerful performance and outstanding energy efficiency.”

For further information, please follow @AirflowD on Twitter, search Airflow Developments Limited on Facebook, or visit www.airflow.com