Ecobuild reveals the 2018 Futurebuild Districts

ecobuild owners, Futurebuild Events Ltd, have revealed more details about the futurebuild districts which have been created following feedback that the event had lost its way in previous years. The unique districts will showcase cutting-edge industry innovations and help tackle head-on the big issues facing the built environment.

Futurebuild districts logo.
Futurebuild districts logo.

A clear message from the industry following the 2017 event was that ecobuild needed to evolve and become more relevant. Futurebuild Events has listened and, as part of the planning of the 2018 edition of the event, the futurebuild districts have been developed to surround the eco showcases and feed into the main conference programme which has sustainability at its heart. Together they will allow the most innovative, exciting and inspiring brands, companies and speakers to not only discuss the highly topical issues facing the built environment, but also to create an action plan for change. The focus of this plan will be helping to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Each focusing on a distinct, critical segment of the built environment, the futurebuild districts will include:

  • District Energy
  • Building Performance
  • Infrastructure
  • Timber
  • Concrete
  • Offsite
  • Green & Blue Infrastructure
  • Energy & HVAC

Martin Hurn, managing director of Futurebuild Events, explained: “We want ecobuild to be as relevant and valuable as possible to our exhibitors, visitors and partners, and this is why we’ve created the futurebuild districts.

“All of these areas will play a central role in the evolution of the built environment in the next few years. By giving them the prominence they deserve at ecobuild now, we’re certain we can help to stimulate the conversations and knowledge sharing that will lead to better outcomes in the future.”

The futurebuild districts are taking shape, but Futurebuild Events wants to work with industry partners to develop them further. Ultimately the content of both the districts and the overarching direction of the 2018 event will be driven by collaboration with industry. This will involve decisions on speakers, topics and the format of the conference programme, to ensure it is as relevant and valuable as possible.

Hurn said: “We’ll be unveiling more about the ecobuild conference and the futurebuild districts in the next few months, as our industry partners and stakeholders help us shape and evolve the event. We want as much insight from all our audiences as we can get, so get involved in our polls, or simply contact us directly with your thoughts.”

To share your views on how you want the event to look, contact the ecobuild team on social media using the #yourecobuild hashtag, or email

To find out more about ecobuild, or to register as an exhibitor, visit the website:

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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