With an ever-increasing focus on renewable energy and carbon emissions by the government, businesses, and the public alike, facilities management professionals are finding the need to add another string to their already wide-stretched bow. But keeping on top of the trends, products and legislation behind yet another area in the facilities manager’s remit can be difficult and time-consuming.
That’s why this year’s Energy 2018, focused solely on renewables, is inviting facilities professionals to connect with its global gathering of suppliers, thinking and products at Birmingham’s NEC between 9 – 11 October. As part of the UK’s largest event for the built environment, visitors can help their customers and businesses to meet and beat emission targets with access to more than 650 exhibitors, more than 10,000 products, stimulating seminars and invaluable CPD sessions at Birmingham’s NEC, as part of UK Construction Week (UKCW), from 9 to 11 October.
The products lighting up the industry
Facilities managers, procurement coordinators and all those involved in estates can access the latest trends, products and services from a worldwide selection of exhibitors including: Eland Cables, E.ON Energy, Flogas, g2 Energy, Libra Energy and Total Gas & Power.
Inspiration will be ignited as new products and services light up Energy 2018:
- EcoVolt will be launching its exclusive electric paint on heating system, with a full demonstration system on view.
- Yü Energy will be talking about its new offering, Yü Water. The disruptive brand is shaking up the utilities industry by offering bespoke gas, electric and water packages, with only one point of contact.
- Rolec EV will be promoting its new DC Rapid and Ultrafast electric vehicle charging ranges and advising professionals on the very latest in the energy sector, including proposals for electric vehicle charging points to be standard in all new builds.
- The Electrotechnical Contractors Scheme (ECS) will be showcasing its new online system, ECS check, that allows main contractors and clients to verify the skills and qualifications of electrical personnel working on projects.
Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:
“There’s so much going on in the energy sector at the moment, and we have a great line up of events and experts at Energy 2018 to challenge policymakers and the industry alike.
“This show is both a networking hub and a place to discover new technologies and energy saving ideas within a wider range of interconnected industries. So the Innovation Trail is returning to the show, and we’ll be looking at how energy still critically fits into the future of construction, which is our theme for UKCW this year.”
Building for the future
Following this year’s theme, there will be numerous opportunities to see, touch and hear all about what’s driving the construction industry forward.
The Future of Construction Hub provides an immersive opportunity to discover how digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, AI and AR and modern methods of construction can deliver the new Construction Sector deal. Coventry University is bringing its virtual reality simulator, currently used as part of its training for construction students, to the hub for visitors to experience.
An Innovation Trail will take visitors on a journey of the latest innovative ideas, products and systems from companies including: Carbon-4 Thermal Systems, EcoVolt, Laminaheat and Solecco Solar. Quality Essential Distribution will also be showcasing its new Energy Vault Mini, a fully integrated off-grid solar system with the ability to run up to four devices from 1.5v to 60v.
Free CPD sessions will skill professionals up for the road ahead including:
- The direction of energy and sustainability standards with Dr Gavin Dunn from the Chartered Association of Building Engineers;
- The role of daylight and ventilation with Aaron Sudgen from Velux;
- The Internet of Things Security with Dr Gregory Apiphaniou and Professor Prashant Pillai from the University of Wolverhampton; and
- Re-evaluating Building Regulation fundamentals with Richard Harral from the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.
Booking is essential for all CPD sessions as spaces are limited so book your space early.
The issues heating the sector
With renewable energy being a hot topic, there will be plenty to discuss, debate and dissect over the three-day event. Topics including the new policy thinking for the low energy retrofit sector coming out of the Each Home Counts review and how Britain will implement the clean growth strategy to meet its legally binding carbon budgets.
The REA Theatre, sponsored by the Renewable Energy Association, will bring visitors up-to-speed on the latest regulations and future thinking, with sessions on new innovations in clean fuels, battery storage, and solar tiles, as well as:
- Green strategy – Energy policy post-Brexit with former Green Party leader and current Sheffield MP, Natalie Bennett, and Nina Skorupska, from the Renewable Energy Association;
- The Planning and Energy Act 2008 with Ian Manders, the UK Energy in Buildings Policy Advisor for the Danish Embassy;
- EVs in our cities (solar carports); and
- Power for a cleaner, quieter world with Dennis Hayter from Intelligent Energy Ltd.
Another topic set for significant coverage will be the Renewable Energy Association’s recently launched position paper that urges the government to upgrade the traditional one-phase electrical housing supply, to a three-phase system. With benefits that would facilitate greater EV charging, solar deployment and renewable heat installation, this is a topic certain to spark discussions.
The dedicated Sustainability Hub will also feature experts tackling the issues facing facility managers on a daily basis including: air quality, humidity, large air-conditioned buildings and ventilation.
Tickets to Energy 2018 also allow access to the other UKCW shows: Building Tech Live, Timber Expo, Civils Expo, Surface & Materials Show, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2018, Build Show, as well as Grand Designs Live. Facility professionals can take advantage of:
- Finding out everything they need to know about the 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations at the Building Tech Live Theatre delivered by Voltimum and ECA. Other topics include: low fire hazard cables, emergency lighting and fire alarm standards update, cybersecurity for smart buildings, building management systems and the Voltimum Smart Awards.
- The Digital Construction Hub will delve into intelligent big data in building facilities and services, IoT and innovation in construction and the safety culture. Talks include: Naghman Khan from IES and Dr David Greenberg, founder of EAVE.
- The UKCW Stage, with high-level discussion around important industry issues and a heavy focus on the lessons learned in the past year such as fire safety and how the industry is moving forward. Speakers include: Barbara Res, the project manager behind Trump Tower, sharing insights into her experiences as a female in construction and working with Donald Trump. Advanced booking is essential.
- The Role Models campaign winner, following the shortlisting of 36 people from more than 130 high-quality entries. An extensive and diverse range of professional job titles are among those shortlisted, and the overall winner will be announced on 10 October on the UKCW Stage.
- The new hub supported by the Access Industry Forum dedicated to safety when Working at Height, including sessions on mobile access towers, ladders and stepladders, lighting protection and changes to the scaffolding industry.
- The Central Bar, located in Hall 9, sponsored by Elliott Group, and the Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux, with live bands, street food and rockaoke. There will also be a Gin and Fizz bar and FIX Radio will be broadcasting from the festival for all three days.
Free tickets for visitors are available from www.energyliveshow.co.uk.
Keep up-to-date with the latest information about exhibitors, product launches and speakers at Energy 2018 via the website www.energyliveshow.co.uk and on Twitter at @UKenergyshow or using the hashtag #Energy2018.