UK Construction Week takes place from 5-7 October at the NEC in Birmingham and will be the first major live event in construction since the start of the pandemic.
Completely free to attend and following a period of extraordinary innovation, this year’s UK Construction Week promises some exciting discoveries, including:
- Acoustic Eelgrass (seagrass) which has been woven into reusable natural panels for interiors to provide acoustic benefits, created by Studio Kathryn Larson and inspired by the thatching techniques of traditional seaweed farmers in Denmark;
- An amazing range of wearable, lightweight industrial exoskeletons from suitX, which include spring assisted devices that can make users feel less tired and reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries. Using springs to transfer forces from vulnerable muscles to larger ones, the devices include backX (for lifting tasks), shoulderX (supporting the user when they extend from the shoulder) and legX (which relieves the forces on the knees as the user squats).
- Puri-Face – a new type of interior surface coating (made by LAB. M.O) which breaks down pollutants in the air such as carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds. Used on furniture or other surfaces, it provides an energy-free air purifier which helps to boost building users’ health and wellbeing;
- A modular faced system that absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) in urban areas. CO2MP created by Max Stein can be attached to the outside of existing buildings and consists of bioreactors, which provide a habitat for the floating fern Azolla filiculoides, the most CO2-metabolising and fastest growing plants in the world.
- A self-sanitising door handle by Titanology Ltd, which is designed to prevent the transmission of bacteria and viruses in public buildings such as hospitals, shopping centres and schools. A system of partial internal reflection of UV light is used inside a cylindrical transparent door handle tube coated in titanium dioxide (TiO2) by photocatalyzed activity to effectively and safely decompose pathogens.
- K-briq, created by Kenoteq, is an external facing brick made almost entirely from recycled construction waste. The K-Briq has just one tenth the embodied carbon of traditional bricks, requiring no cement and not being fired at high temperatures.
- QUAKE- SAFE, a seismic vibration damper for developing countries, created by Nottingham Trent University. By isolating the foundations, QUAKE-SAFE promotes stronger and sustainable rebuilding techniques in the wake of earthquakes while also protecting local building traditions and culture.
- Bullfix’s universal plasterboard fixing, a heavy-duty fixing that can support weights up to 113kg – that’s heavier than your average beer keg.
- Configured Platforms’ pre-engineered aluminium roof platforms – very light yet very strong, configurable platforms for pitched or flat metal deck roofs, with aluminium weighing approximately 33% of the weight of steel.
Free registration to UK Construction Week is now open.
One entry badge gives access to multiple sections: Build, Modern Methods of Construction, Building Tech, Timber, Civils, Energy and HVAC, and Surface and Materials, as well as Grand Designs Live (6-7 October only). In addition, delegates can attend two CPD-certified UKCW Summits on Wellbeing and Quality – delegates can book these for £50 at the same time as free registration for UKCW.
Further events include; UKCW London: 3-5 May 2022, Concrete Expo: 3-5 May 2022 and Offsite Show: 3-5 May 2022.