01.08.16

Smart Buildings 2016 to Focus on IoT and Workspace Considerations

Smart Buildings 2016

Smart Buildings 2016, part of the UK’s largest construction trade event UK Construction Week, has released the details of its comprehensive seminar schedule, which will be held at the Smart Buildings Hub.

Day one of the Smart Buildings Hub will kick off by looking at the integral role facilities managers should play in building design. Mike Packham, Owner of Bernard Williams Associates and member of BIFM’s Operational Readiness Group, will outline the difference involving a facilities manager makes to a buildings’ performance. Also on the first day there will be a seminar that looks at how data within the universe of technology can be protected from potential attacks by tools and safeguards. This is followed by an exploration of the THE "LIFI" REVOLUTION.

The second day begins with a panel discussion about THE CONNECTED HOME AND WORKSPACE and promises to get to the heart of what this really means and how we achieve it. Speakers include: Iain R Gordon, President and Managing Director of KNX UK, Muir Baxter, International Account Manager - Major Projects at MDU & Hospitality, GIRA and Simon Buddle, Education Director for CEDIA.

Other topics on the agenda for day two include GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SMART BUILDINGS by Dr Martin Ganley - Director Smart Homes and Buildings at the BRE and what THE FUTURE OF LIGHTING has in store in the coming years.

The final day will be forecasting trends of THE IOT REVOLUTION. It is expected that by 2020, 64 billion devices will be connected to the IOT, with 5.5 million devices connecting every day in 2016. This seminar will discuss the forecasts for the IOT and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Also on the final day, Jeremy Towler, Senior Manager – Energy & Smart Technologies at the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), will be discussing CLOSING IN ON THE RETROFIT CHALLENGE.With 80 per cent of all the UK buildings that will exist in 2050 already built, how can they be upgraded to become ‘smart’?

Focusing again on the workplace environment Jeremy Myerson, Director at Unwired andleading researcher, author and activist in people-centred workplace design and innovation, will discuss how the rapid advance in technology is affecting the workplace environment in his seminar HOW THE TECH INDUSTRY IS REDESIGNING THE WORKPLACE.

 Nathan Garnett, Event Director for UK Construction Week, commented: “The smart buildings sector is one of the fastest growing areas of construction and will become increasingly important in the pursuit of greater energy efficiency and improved levels of service. As such, the seminar content for this year’s show has been designed to promote the latest innovations and provide practical advice on how this sector can be integrated further into construction as a whole. Importantly, as the first major event following the decision to leave the EU, Smart Buildings 2016 will also play a significant role in shaping strategy and settling nerves within the sector.”

Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 18 – 20 October, UK Construction Week combines nine shows in one location. With over 24,000 trade visitors last year - a figure expected to double at this year’s event - the show boasts over 650 exhibitors. Visitors are able to attend Timber Expo, the Build Show, Civils Expo, the Surface and Materials Show, Energy 2016, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2016, Smart Buildings 2016 and Grand Designs Live.

Smart Buildings 2016