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Get smart at Smart Buildings 2016

Billed as the UK’s only dedicated event to integrated building technology, Smart Buildings 2016 is is set to be bigger and more forward thinking than ever. Taking place on 18-20 October at the NEC, Birmingham, the show will once again form part of the line-up at UK Construction Week.

Supported by organisations including KNX Association, the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) and the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) to name but a few, Smart Buildings 2016 promises to be a hive of world-leading content, CPD sessions and leading industry brands.

Showcasing the latest innovations in smart building technology, the event will cater for professionals across the sector from home automation to climate control, lighting, access and security, workplace technology, entertainment systems and the Internet of Things.

Smart Building Hub sessions
Attendees can choose from a wide range of seminars at Smart Buildings 2016.

Central to more than 1,000sqm of floor space will be the Smart Buildings Hub. Playing host to pioneering seminars, CPD sessions, debates and workshops, the Hub will also be an exemplar building structure exhibiting the latest smart products and technologies.

Day one of the Smart Buildings Hub will kick off by looking at the integral role facilities managers should play in building design. 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 “Lifi” Revolution’.

The second day begins with a panel discussion aboutThe Connected Home and Workspace’, which 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, 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; plus a look at what ‘The Future of Lighting’ has in store.

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 discussingClosing in on the Retrofit Challenge’. With 80% 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 and leading 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’.

Alongside the Smart Buildings Hub will be the Smart Workplace zone. Commercial spaces are often the first to adopt new technologies and integrated buildings are at the heart of the show – linking with Energy 2016 and HVAC 2016 especially. Smart Workplace will be a showcase of companies specialising in commercial smart technologies with accompanying content and demonstrations from office security systems to the latest AV.

In addition, Voltimum will be hosting a mini-conference at the show, curating special seminars, which will be supported by big brands including OSRAM, Philips, ABB, Legrand and Schneider Electrics.


Here are a few highlights from the list of exhibitors at Smart Buildings 2016.

Finnish acoustics specialist Framery creates innovative soundproof booths designed to increase productivity in offices. It will be launching its Q Booth, which features multiple integrated furniture options.

Motion detection technology is becoming an invaluable aspect of collecting and exploring valuable data of building occupants and behaviours. Theben will be bringing its collection of motion detectors and building systems technology to the show.

A recognised leader in the field of home control and automation, Savant will exhibit its range of connected home technology and launch its new Savant Pro app and Savant Remote. From adjusting lighting to controlling entertainment, Savant aims to change the way we enjoy homes and create a more interconnected, responsive environment.

Voltimum, a leading portal for the electrical industry, will use Smart Buildings 2016 to promote smart connected technologies that can be integrated into the Internet of Things –focusing on how the market can be more prepared for the widespread adoption of the IOT and other smart solutions.

Following last year’s show, Di Stickland, president of KNX UK, commented: “Smart Buildings provided KNX UK with a great opportunity to meet with architects, developers and specifiers from around the country. It was a privilege to be involved in the seminar programme alongside so many knowledgeable speakers.”

Online registration for Smart Buildings 2016 is quick and free. By completing the form, trade visitors can also access eight more shows taking place at UK Construction Week: Timber Expo, the Build Show, Civils Expo, the Surface and Materials Show, Energy 2016, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2016 and Grand Designs Live.

Smart Buildings 2016