Eco Build Event 2012
London ExCeL Centre
by James Fisher for YEN London Centre
Ecobuild unites global sustainable built environment community with over 57,000 attendees and its feature-rich show floor meant that engineers were able to gain vital information, advice and practical experience across a number of areas. Hoping to test this theory out and exhibit its own new Eco-Crown Energy Recovery Unit, FlaktWoods made the trip to London ExCeL for the 2012 Ecobuild Event.
With Ecobuild being the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, it’s no surprise it brought together more than 57,000 industry professionals over the three day event. The event itself had services and innovations from more than 1,500 exhibitors. Running alongside the extensive exhibition, engineers were able to attend over 130 free conference and seminar sessions, featuring a host of high profile politicians, experts from the cutting edge of the building services industry and renowned construction sector commentators.
This provided a fantastic opportunity for young engineers to enhance their understanding on new products and technologies. For obvious reasons most of my time was spent manning the FlaktWoods stand, during which time I observed that young engineers seemed few and far between. Perhaps this was because CIBSE didn’t have a stand at the exhibition? As such there was no dedicated CIBSE stand at the event, however, it certainly stands out as a potential future opportunity for YEN and CIBSE to attend and raise awareness of graduate opportunities within building services.
Work commitments meant that I could not partake in the event as much as I would have liked, however, I did manage to break away from the stand for an hour each day for a wonder around. It was a maze of building related technology; many of the seminars and terminology were unknown to me and so stopped me from taking full advantage of the learning on offer.
Ecobuild has shown that it’s the meeting place for the sustainable built environment community, including consulting engineers. These events are a fantastic place to meet other construction sector professionals, share new ideas and also learn about the most current regulations and legislation affecting the industry.
In summary, it was a very tiring event but Ecobuild 2012 was hailed a success by visitors, something which will hopefully attract CIBSE YEN next year and lead to a drive to raise YEN awareness amongst company directors and senior engineers. It is events such as EcoBuild that provide excellent opportunities for training, networking and development for young building services engineers.