Five highlights from Ecobuild 2016

We had an amazing time exhibiting at Ecobuild last week, with some great feedback on the launch of MyPortal – our new platform featuring eLearning and a Community Forum – and pre-launch of our unique Building Information Modelling (BIM) content package.

The show was as busy as ever with thousands of visitors arriving at London’s Excel to catch the latest developments in new build, refurbishment, commercial and industrial projects.

If you missed it, or just fancy a refresher, here are our five highlights and learnings from Ecobuild 2016:

1. Legrand’s Training & BIM Manager leading discussion on BIM Level 2

In an engaging BIM seminar on our stand, Matt Crunden from Legrand spoke about how we at Wavin are collaborating with the firm to provide essential structured data in order to meet the Government’s April Level 2 BIM deadline.

Crunden gave a clear breakdown of the challenges and benefits of BIM but also assurances that structured data is not as complicated as it sounds, and might enable better value-based procurement in future.

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2. The risk of drought shouldn’t be underestimated

Although much of the mainstream media coverage around the impact of increasingly dense urban development focuses on flooding, one of our Water Matters sessions highlighted the seemingly contradictory but crucial risk of drought.

Expert speakers Alistair Chilsolm, Head of Policy and Communication at CIWEM, and Sue Illman, of leading landscaping firm Illman Young, described how designers of future towns and cities need to integrate best practice water management strategies to ensure this risk is minimised.

Chilsolm and Illman also described solutions for managing land, rainfall and coastal water which all need to be taken into account to deliver a holistic strategy.

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3. The Environmental Group on CIRIA’s SuDS Manual

A seminar on the new CIRIA SuDS Manual saw leading industry figures Steve Wilson of The Environmental Protection Group and Sue Illman, who is also CIC Champion for Flood Mitigation, welcoming the new document. CIRIA’s manual shows that SuDS can be integrated at any point within urban planning and Illman gave some fantastic examples of natural and engineered SuDS working in combination to provide green spaces in dense urban settings.

4. The power of weather data

Rainwater harvesting faces some challenges, but an insightful session from Lutz Johan at Aquality showed how it can offer fast payback on investment and flexibility by harnessing weather data.

Johan explained how an innovative system uses data on upcoming storms to switch rainwater tanks to attenuation tanks to enable them to efficiently provide water while managing risk.

5. The Homes on stilts

At Ecobuild 2016, architect and innovator Bill Dunster launched the Zed Pod, a compact home which he has envisaged as a solution to the problem of affordable housing for young people in a future of scarce urban land.

Zed Pods could be constructed off-site, delivered in one piece and placed on ‘stilts’ over any car park in order to make best use of the land available. It’s a fascinating idea and may be something to be considered in order to deliver what the UK’s population needs, but it’s not without its challenges…

Were you at Ecobuild 2016? What were your highlights?