Be a part of The BEST Show

The BEST Show (Built Environment Solutions & Technologies) is the new innovative exhibition for the construction industry taking place from 18-20 October at the NEC in Birmingham. Replacing Interbuild Specifier, BEST will bring together construction buyers and sellers from all over the country, acting as the port of call for those who are looking to showcase their product, gain industry opinion, interact with peers in the market and enjoy a high level free seminar programme. With a focus on “more for less”, BEST will demonstrate how to achieve maximum efficiency whilst reducing costs.
Building on the legacy provided by Interbuild Specifier, BEST promises to deliver innovative solutions to real problems in the construction industry. Split into eight different areas, the show covers a wide variety of aspects within the construction industry – from residential to commercial property, to low carbon solutions and retrofitting.
Each area will have its own dedicated Hub, with market leading organisations, such as Land Securities, Barratt Homes, DECC and Catalyst Lend Lease issuing challenges to the industry via these areas. Manufacturers will have the opportunity to showcase innovations which can help meet these challenges, whilst contractors, specifiers, and construction clients can debate how best the industry can respond through a series of seminars and project case studies. These challenges will focus on retrofitting, education, housing and other areas where there is a real need for the UK construction industry to deliver solutions to its challenges.
As reported by Paul Morrell, the government’s chief construction advisor at the launch of BEST earlier this year, the subject of low carbon remains top of the agenda across the industry.  Outlining his thinking on the modernising of the construction industry, public procurement and carbon reduction were the key focus points.  
The Low Carbon Transition Plan outlined by government sets out a number of targets which should act to mobilise the industry, bringing with it a new set of skills. A proactive approach to a low carbon world will assist in the development of successful relationship across the public and private sector and across industries. As an industry which generates 10 per cent of the UK GDP, the construction industry is a key sector which can assist in the development and growth of a low carbon industry as the government strives to meet their targets.  
Building on the importance of a low carbon future, the Birmingham Local Education Partnership (a Public Private Partnership between Catalyst Lend Lease, Bovis Lend Lease and Birmingham City Council) has issued a carbon themed challenge to the industry, inviting the supply chain to demonstrate solutions and products which can help table this challenge live at the Education Hub at BEST – ‘How do we retrofit schools sustainably and affordably to deliver transformational learning spaces, and meet carbon reduction targets?’

The need to deliver modern, transformational learning spaces that help meet carbon targets in an efficient way is now more important than ever. In order to create successful and inspirational learning spaces, the supply chain needs to work in harmony with developers to suggest new solutions and new materials.  
The Education Hub will showcase suppliers and products, as well as featuring a free seminar programme, all linked into the Birmingham Local Education Partnership challenge. Visitors to the hub will be able to hear from speakers including;
• Stewart Davies, commissioner for Business, Sustainable Development Commission – where are the opportunities to create sustainable schools? Which materials and techniques could best aid these improvements?
• Maximo Martinez, associate director, Space Syntax – How can good school mapping promote effective creativity and learning?
• Andrea Sully, senior early years advisor, Somerset CYPS – Bridging the divide between schools and design, what makes an effective learning space and how can we unite teacher experiences and architects’ ideas?
• Phil Wilson, executive director, WMCEE – case study: adapting to climate change, making schools resistant to changing and extreme weather conditions

Other topics to be discussed at BEST include supply chain innovations that have created cost savings for schools, how modular buildings are revolutionising school building construction and built to last – a case study of durable products that will last longer and generate savings and delivering retrofit efficiently and to budget.
The BEST Show will provide the perfect meeting and learning arena for the industry, assisting in a better quality of conversation acting as a single voice leading debate for the industry.  With an underlying focus on procurement, BEST will enable manufacturers and service suppliers to connect with those who actively specify and purchase construction materials and product.
BEST will be remain co-located with Interbuild Onsite, the number one exhibition for the building trade catering for general builders, plumbers, electricians and trademens and Glassex which will feature the full spectrum of PVC, timber and aluminium glass products and solutions, covering doors, windows and conservatories. The Infrastructure Show will also take place alongside BEST which will unite the civil engineering sector to meet the challenges of delivering major projects in the UK.


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