27 January 2020

Innovation runs through the veins of Futurebuild 2020

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Innovation is running through the veins of Futurebuild 2020, which takes place 3–5 March at ExCel London. Positioned as the industry’s catalyst for change, Futurebuild strives to foster collaboration, knowledge-sharing and innovation to enable the industry to do things differently. This year will see innovation elevated beyond a concept and brought to life across the whole event, from the Innovation Trail featuring the most forward-thinking brands, to showcases and features, the Big Innovation Pitch and keynote stages.


Martin Hurn, MD of Futurebuild Events, said: ‘There’s no question that in order to create an industry that is not only fit for the future, but also fit for purpose now, we need to change and adapt the way we approach everything across the built environment. We understand that change comes with its own challenges, be they legislative or a simple unwillingness to approach something differently. This is why, at Futurebuild, we’re so passionate about innovation’.


Visit TRADA in the Resourceful Materials section, which is new for 2020. This major new hub will demonstrate ways in which the construction industry supply chain will play a critical role in enabling the UK’s recent net zero carbon targets move from an ambitious statement towards a reality. It will also showcase innovative materials and low carbon closed-loop strategies from across established and emerging sectors.


TRADA’s Rupert Scott is also set to chair sessions on the Resourceful Materials Keynote Stage programme, which brings together experts in material and design innovation from across Europe.


Topics will include:

  • How conventional materials can reduce their carbon footprint
  • Organic alternatives to plastic
  • Urban Mining, Buildings as Material Banks, Material Passports, Cradle to Cradle and Life Cycle Assessments
  • Rules, regulations and standards – what you need to know
  • How ‘circular thinking’ needs to be embedded into all aspects of the built environment


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TRADA activities on G60

TRADA Bookshop: Level up your timber library for less

The TRADA Bookshop has a range of outstanding new publications for sale, including the long-awaited Manual for the design of timber building structures to Eurocode 5 2nd edition (co-produced with IStructE) and Off-site and industrialised timber construction: Delivering quality and efficiency 2nd edition.


Other bestsellers for sale include Cross-laminated timber: Design and performance, Structural timber elements: A pre-scheme design guide 2nd edition, and Timber frame construction: Designing for high performance 5th edition. Exclusive bookshop offers will be available throughout the week.


Technical timber queries

TRADA’s team of technical experts will be joining us on the TRADA stand. Come armed with all your timber-related questions and have them answered.


Wood information

Browse TRADA’s technical series, which include printed copies of specially selected Wood Information Sheets, Case Studies and Learning Resources. Highlights include the TRADA Briefing The role of wood in healthy buildings, Moisture in timber and Durability by design, and our Case Studies on the Royal Academy of Music and Storey’s Field Community Centre.


Timber 2020 Industry Yearbook

In addition to TRADA’s catalogue of Wood Information resources, free-to-take copies of TRADA’s highly-regarded Timber 2020 Industry Yearbook will be available on the TRADA stand. It is chock full of technical articles, including Timber and the resilient home, Building with wood in a climate emergency, and When extinction is a good thing: fire in mass timber buildings, and written by some of the industry’s experts.


University Engagement Programme

Study the winning designs from this year’s TRADA University Challenge, which tasked final year undergraduate students from across the UK with designing timber community housing that is low-carbon, energy and water efficient, climate resilient, healthy and desirable.


Chat with University Engagement Manager Tabitha Binding, who is the perfect point of contact for practices and organisations looking to get involved with the next generation of timber talent; in addition to the annual TRADA University Challenge, Tabitha facilitates a large amount of high-profile design competitions and opportunities for students.


Interested in becoming a member of TRADA?

Receive an exclusive introductory show discount of £50 when you sign up during Futurebuild 2020. Come along to G60 and talk to one of the team.


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