Futurebuild returns for 2022

Futurebuild, the event that’s championed a sustainable built environment for the past 16 years, has opened registrations. Taking place from March 1 to 3, 2022, the event will connect specifiers, decision makers and disruptors with major brands and start-ups from across the built environment.

In the aftermath of the COP26 conference, Futurebuild — previously Ecobuild — will be perfectly timed to focus on the key issues and actions needed to work towards net zero. The focus is no longer about ambition — it is about delivery. Attracting 20,000+ senior professionals from right across the built environment, Futurebuild is the perfect opportunity for the industry to meet and collaborate together, to achieve the transformational change needed if the built environment is going to reach net zero by 2050.

As the home of innovation, Futurebuild 2022 will be organised into six sections — Buildings, Offsite, Interiors, Resourceful Materials, Energy and Critical Infrastructure.

Conference programme

Sponsored by Construction Innovation Hub, Futurebuild 2022’s conference programme will explore some of the key questions and issues around closing the gap between net zero ambition and delivery. It invites panels of industry experts to share their experiences on a range of topics, from embodied carbon to investing in education, skills and diversity.

The second day of the conference programme will focus on leading transformative change and will include a panel discussion about how the built environment can lead by example to raise aspirations. If the industry is going to achieve net zero, it must nurture a talent for excellence. Bea Natzler, senior analyst business and buildings, climate change committee, chairs a panel as they discuss how the built environment can engage more widely and move from following orders to being more influential and ensure that delivering net zero is a fundamental part of all contracts with clients.


The event will also feature six spotlights, Digital Impact sponsored by Glider, Whole House Retrofit in partnership with the Retrofit Academy, Circular Materials in partnership with 540 World, District Energy in partnership with UKDEA, Future Installer in partnership with MCS and Intelligent Buildings in partnership with KNX. These spotlights will include a mixture of presentations, discussions and practical demonstrations that will cover the fundamental issues facing the built environment.

Retrofit is the big problem facing our existing building stock. Around 80 per cent of the buildings that will exist in 2050 have already been built, so to reach net zero the built environment must focus on making existing buildings zero carbon as well as resilient for the future. The Whole House Retrofit spotlight will tackle the grand challenges of retrofit and promote best practice, through curated seminars, clinics and an exhibition showcase.

Collaboration is key

The curated event will showcase over 250 leading brands, the companies who are developing the most innovative technologies, products and solutions.

Visitors can participate in the innovation trail, which highlights the event’s innovation partners. The winners of the Big Innovation Pitch, a competition that celebrates new approaches to the biggest challenges facing the industry, will also be announced during the event.

By bringing together individuals and companies from all areas of the built environment, we can accelerate innovation and provide everyone with access to the products and processes needed to deliver change.

“Now it is more important than ever to meet in person and do business face to face because our exhibitors and attendees are all working towards a common goal — achieving net zero” explains Martin Hurn, event director at Futurebuild. “To ensure we can deliver a sustainable future we’ve curated an event that cultivates cross-sector collaboration, addresses key industry issues and inspires transformational change.”

If you’re interested in visiting Futurebuild 2022 and exploring the most innovative products and solutions in the built environment, register for your place.