Despite a backdrop of economic uncertainty, skills shortages and challenging regulations, the heating and plumbing industry is reportedly continuing to flourish. But HVAC contractors hoping to remain competitive must be prepared for the changes ahead.
That is why the ‘Future of Construction’ is the theme of this year’s HVAC 2018. The show dedicated to heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the built environment returns to Birmingham’s NEC between 9 – 11 October, as part of UK Construction Week (UKCW).
Building for the future
Following the ‘Future of Construction’ theme, there will be numerous opportunities to see, touch and hear about what’s driving the HVAC 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, used as part of its training for construction students, for all to experience.
An Innovation Trail takes visitors on a journey of the latest innovative ideas, products and systems including the world's first concealed hybrid heating system from 3Thermo; the skirting board heating homes, from Discrete Heat Company; underfloor heating, from Magnum Heating and EcoWifi electric radiators, from Verismart Heating.
With so much to see and do at the show, use your time wisely and arrange a time and date to meet exhibitors at the show via their profile page on the UKCW website.
The world of work is changing – how can you keep up?
The way that HVAC installers and contractors operate is changing, and those failing to keep up will find it increasingly difficult to compete.
Embracing the digital future of construction, implementing business changes that stick, collecting and using data to measure and manage performance, and using collaborative market network technology are just some of the practices that HVAC professionals need to adopt to succeed.
These topics and others will be covered through the Sustainability Hub and CPD sessions, with expert speakers including Richard Harris from Okappy, Alex Giles from Action Sustainability and TV presenter George Clarke.
Visitors can access the tools and services facilitating change, including Victaulic’s grooved mechanical pipe-joining systems, that put people to work faster and safer.
Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:
“At HVAC 2018 we are focused on showcasing innovation from all sectors and making it easier for professionals to update their CPD, get inspired by projects, and walk away with practical information on new technologies, systems, products and collaborations from around the world.
“As the largest event dedicated to knowledge sharing, championing good practice and problem solving, it's the environment for the whole industry to look, talk, plan, learn and do business.”
Paving the way for pioneering products
Heating, ventilation and aircon products are changing as the sector responds to trends in smart technology, energy targets and cost-cutting measures. Those eager to stay ahead of the trends won’t want to miss out on the following seminars:
- The distribution of heating and ventilation products – and how it’s changing, with Fiona Watts from AMA Research;
- Common causes of temperature problems in large air-conditioned buildings, with Ian Fisher from Airmaster Air Conditioning Ltd; and
- Humidity and its impact on human comfort and wellbeing, with Andie Chessun from HygroMatik.
CPD sessions delving further into these topics include: the role of ventilation in happy and healthy homes and the internet of things. Advanced booking is essential.
Complementing the seminars and CPD sessions is an array of exhibitions, demoing the products of the future including:
- Benevivere’s low voltage and ultra-thin wall and flooring radiant heating mesh;
- Studio of Heating Technology’s smart heating and cooling systems, determining the sense of comfort in rooms; and
- Daikin’s heating and cooling solutions.
Hot topics heating up the industry
Fire, health and safety are still dominating our headlines and feature heavily throughout UKCW.
HVAC contractors wanting to learn more about their fire safety responsibilities can sign up to dedicated discussions including: A1 correct design for fire safety performance and Fire resistance for property and life safety.
The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) will also 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.
Ticket holders also have access to Energy 2018. Focusing on renewable energy sources and power solutions in the built environment, HVAC professionals can hear more about clean fuels, reducing carbon, battery storage, and electric vehicles in the built environment.
Other highlights include:
- The UKCW Role Models initiative’s role model of the year winner;
- The Regeneration Hub, sponsored by Easy-Trim;
- The REA Theatre focusing on renewable energy;
- The GOOEE Theatre showcasing its award-winning IoT ecosystem; and
- The Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux.
Free tickets for visitors are available from www.hvaclive.co.uk and allow access to: Building Tech Live, Timber Expo, Civils Expo, Surface & Materials Show, Plant & Machinery Live, Build Show and Grand Designs Live.