Futurebuild ready for another year of taking a stand for a better built environment


Futurebuild, the built environment’s most influential event for innovation and collaboration is back for its 18th year, taking place at London’s ExCeL from 5-7 March 2024. The event, which is set to be the most impactful yet, will continue its mission in taking a stand for a better built environment, showcasing groundbreaking ideas, creative and inspirational innovations and crucial collaboration to help us set the stage for a greener, more resilient future. 

More than 20,000 professionals from across the entire supply chain including architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, housebuilders, developers, consultants, contractors and manufacturers will come together to explore real sustainable building materials and practices and methods of delivering construction projects that are smart and sustainable. The exhibition will showcase over 250 leading brands showcasing innovation, and services that are scaling up sustainability across the built environment. 

Martin Hurn, event director at Futurebuild expresses the event’s objective of creating real, lasting and tangible change: “Futurebuild is more than just an event; it’s a call for action. A platform to engage, debate and educate. It’s where global industry leaders, experts and professionals passionate about improving their industry come together to shape the future, which requires substantial change and real courage. We exist to amplify the voices of others, bringing their ideas, initiatives, and innovations to the forefront of our collective consciousness. By uniting the industry, we can drive real change and create a better built environment for future generations.

At the 2023 event we asked you to join us in taking a stand for a better built environment and voice something you cared passionately about. From the 5000+ pledges made, it is clear the industry is ready, and action is coming. This year we are asking you to now enact on those promises, and show us your (climate) stripes.”

Collaboration is key

Futurebuild collaborates with over 70 partners and more than 500 speakers to make sure it can continue to spearhead innovation through collaboration in the built environment. Partners this year include UK Green Building Council, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Passivhaus Trust, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and many more.  

2024 Exhibitors, Pilkington, highlighted the advantage of collaboration: “We’re looking forward to engaging with a wide range of professionals at the event, including architects, property developers, and individuals. Last year we were able to meet people who were genuinely interested in our product.”

What’s new for 2024: more collaboration, more innovation

Share your vision, show your stripes, and embrace the change will be the conference themes this year, highlighting the importance of climate change and the need to take action to work together to achieve a better built environment. 

New Exhibitors will include Danosa, Saint-Gobain Ecophon, FRAMECAD®, O’Reilly Precast and also returning this year are Aico, Viessmann, Bosch, Aco technologies amongst many others.

The National Retrofit Conference curated by the Retrofit Academy. It will consist of a three-day programme to examine in detail how we are to deliver retrofit across the UK at the scale needed, from policy to practical delivery.

Following the success of last year’s launch, 2024 will see the return of the FutureX Innovation Area, where start-ups and SME’s have a space to showcase their scalable innovations – including the ‘Dragon’s Den’ style, Big Ideas Pitch, to recognise the best innovative idea or solution for 2024. Even more innovation can be found in the Innovation Gallery, Big Innovation Pitch and Innovation Trail. This is where partners present products, solutions and materials to specifiers and innovators and showcase their latest game-changing innovations in front of a live audience, with winners being announced at the show. 

Knowledge sharing

Visitors can expect seven zones, including The FutureX Innovation Area all with dedicated exhibitors and a targeted seminar programme for each zone. Other show sections include Buildings, Energy, Digital, Retrofit, Sustainable Infrastructure and Materials. 

Join us in taking a stand and be a part of the solution for shaping the future of the built environment. For more information and exhibitor inquiries, please visit www.futurebuild.co.uk

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