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UKCW Birmingham: 4-6 October 2022 | NEC
UKCW London: 2-4 May 2023 | ExCeL

 

   

UK Construction Week

Future Lab

Future Lab

Innovation within Construction is on the up 


The Future Lab will be back to wow visitors at this year’s UKCW Birmingham 4-6 Oct 2022.


Disruptors are now present in many different markets, so UKCW is shining a spotlight on the serious change-makers in construction. The aim is to promote productivity, speed, quality, sustainability and social cohesion, showing how innovation can create new value in the industry and stop the short-term, purely cost-driven race to the bottom.


The Future Lab is a non-sales environment where visitors can explore new ideas, learn and be inspired. This will be your chance to see some of the best innovations that are changing the way we construct. From renewable mycelium products to 3D printers, telescopic steel frames to recycled bricks, there's bound to be something that you will want to learn more of to adopt to your practice.
 

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Robotic Underfloor Insulation

Robotic Underfloor Insulation

Company: Q-Bot

Q-Bot’s underfloor insulation is a non-intrusive measure using a small robot to go under the floor and spray insulation to the underside of floorboards. This keeps the floor on the warm dry side, while maintaining ventilation within the floor void and allowing ground moisture to escape.

Q-Bot’s unique measure increases SAP scores (between 2 to 12 points), eliminates draughts (by 30% on average), cuts carbon emissions, improves thermal comfort (by 77% on average) and reduces heating costs (by £250/yr at April’s 2022 price). Q-Bot has had its energy saving claims verified by Energy Savings Trust and is fully accredited by the British Board of Agreement, PAS2030-2019 and TrustMark. This proven technology is allowing the insulation of hard-to-treat area in a day or two. More than 3,000 homes in the UK have been insulated using this solution.

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HONEXT

HONEXT

Company: James Latham

The HONEXT® Panel is the next-generation fibreboard, which is fully recyclable, non-toxic and entirely made from upcycled waste fibres. HONEXT® uses the sludge waste from paper mills as the main raw material. EU paper mills generate more than 8 million tons of this waste every year, which eventually ends up in landfill. The factory itself is also based on a landfill site.

HONEXT® panels have no added VOCs, they are Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified and Material Health Silver Certified. They have greater sound absorption properties than traditional building materials and they are resistant to moisture, water vapor and fire. Their current reaction to fire is class C-s1,d0, with a plan to reach B-s1,d0 in late 2022.

HONEXT® is guided by Circular Economy principles. The HONEXT® Panel’s outstanding sustainability profile comes from the raw material sourcing, the unique manufacturing process and the end-of-life solutions that it allows. HONEXT® Panels are truly sustainable.

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Mycelium Insulation Panel

Mycelium Insulation Panel

Company: Biohm

Biohm have produced a mycelium insulation panel that will be the world’s first accredited mycelium insulation product. 

​Mycelium not only outperforms petrochemical/plastic based construction materials in thermal and acoustic insulation but, as a natural material, it is also safer and healthier. Mycelium does not contain the synthetic, resin-based compounds that can cause harmful toxic smoke and the quick spread of flames during a fire.

​To grow the mycelium, they identify commercial and agricultural by-products that would otherwise go to landfill. Our entire manufacturing process only has a positive impact on the environment, meaning it is completely regenerative. Our manufacturing process is estimated to be carbon-negative, sequestering at least 16 tonnes of carbon per month.

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K-briq

K-briq

Company: Kenoteq

The K-briq® is an award-winning, low carbon, high quality, recycled facing brick, made from over 90% recycled construction and demolition waste, and it includes no cement. Its technical specification is comparable to a traditional clay brick.

The K-briq has the highest recycled content of any construction material on the market – there is 126kg of recycled construction waste in every square metre of the product.  Its fully circular nature means that, by a building’s end of life, the K-briq is fully recyclable as inert construction waste - and it can be turned back into new K-briqs. It is unfired so has low energy production  and a resulting low carbon footprint - a square metre of K-briqs contain just over 1 kg of CO2 per square metre compared to a square metre of traditional bricks which contain over 34kg. 
 

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PowerLogic™ HeatTag

PowerLogic™ HeatTag

Company: Schneider Electric

Electrical fires generate huge losses in commercial and industrial buildings, interrupting production and delaying service delivery. These losses can be prevented if early detection of component overheating is accurately detected and alarmed.

PowerLogic™ HeatTag helps prevent electrical cabinets from being damaged by analysing airborne gas and particles and sending alerts before smoke appears or an electrical fire starts. HeatTag is much more than a fire or smoke detector - it scientifically detects overheating in electrical installations before any damage is done.

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Concretene

Concretene

Company: Graphene@Manchester

Concretene is a greener and cheaper concrete alternative that blends concrete with ground-breaking graphene being developed commercially at The University of Manchester. Concretene is expected to transform the construction industry – one of the biggest contributors to global CO2 levels - and to help the UK establish leadership in advanced materials for the built environment. This follows breakthrough research by Manchester engineers who added tiny amounts of graphene to concrete and have demonstrated at commercial scale with industry partners Nationwide Engineering that this allows for removal of up to 30% of material from a build project without impacting on its strength or integrity. This means Concretene is not only much greener but also cheaper to use.

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Howick X-TENDA 3600

Howick X-TENDA 3600

Company: Howick

Building upon its reputation as a pioneer in the technology of precision light steel roll-forming machines, New Zealand company Howick created the X-TENDA™ 3600 to produce telescopic light gauge steel framing for retrofit or infill interior walls and ceilings.
Internal spaces on existing premises are seldom square, so framing can be challenging. Howick saw the benefit of a system that could alleviate this issue by producing complete extendable panels, saving contractors time, materials and labour.

The X-TENDA™ 3600 manufactures interior framing components either pre-assembled or flat packed. On-site, frames are easily manoeuvred, then quickly extended for a precise fit to most uneven spaces - all achieved while door and window sections remain entirely true. There is zero wastage and no need for re-work.

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Ecovolt CeP

Ecovolt CeP

Company: EcoVolt

Ecovolt CeP is a 24V low carbon heating technology for high performance buildings. Buildings that are constructed with a fabric first approach and nearly zero energy requirements will benefit from this technology embedded in the buildings envelope. CeP is a carbon graphite coating printed across copper electrodes on a fire rated plasterboard to create a 24V radiant heating panel.

 EcoVolt will be showcasing 2 products at the event, EcoVolt CeP on a fire rated plasterboard and CeP Eco. CeP Eco is a 100% acoustic board made from recycled Tetra Pak cartons and turned into a 24V radiant heater using EcoVolt’s technology. EcoVolt’s CeP product has won multiple awards in Ireland and was highly commended at the H&V Awards 2019 in the UK. The product is a must see and feel for anyone working/specifying in the construction of high performance buildings like a Passive or NET ZERO house. 

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3D Concrete Printer Robot

Located by the Infrastructure Hub

Company: Versarien

In a UKCW first, Versarien will be demonstrating its 3D printing concrete capabilities in several live demonstrations during the expo.

3D printing presents a paradigm shift in construction projects - moving away from traditional module-based building processes towards additive manufacture using robots allows designers to create complex objects which previously would have been difficult, expensive or simply unachievable, with short design-to-build timeframes.

Come over to Stand C510 to meet the team from Versarien and view the technology in action. Check out the demos twice a day.

The Hall of Fame

UK Construction Week’s Future Lab will showcase the very latest products and services. We already know the construction industry is one of the most innovative industries, full of examples of new ways of working, sustainable products, collaboration and continually evolving technologies.
 

Here are a few of our favourite over the years since we launched.

Self Sanitising Door Handle

Self Sanitising Door Handle

Portable Electric Vacuum Lifter 

Portable Electric Vacuum Lifter 

BSI Kitemarked Thermal Skylights

BSI Kitemarked Thermal Skylights

Spring Assisted Wearable Devices

Spring Assisted Wearable Devices

We want YOU

Whether you are an exhibitor or not, if you have a great product worth discovering, then we want to speak to you!
Tell us why you think your product should be listed in the Future Lab at UKCW and be in the running for consideration. 

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