Industry Events

The Building Centre to host panel discussion on Co-housing

On Monday 14 December the Building Center in London will host a panel discussion on the theme 'Rethinking the way we live: Co-housing'.

The event, organised by The Building Centre in partnership with the Museum of Architecture, will focus on Co-housing, seen as an innovative option that offers social and economic benefits.

Several questions remain open and will be debated: What can the designers and planners of conventional residential developments learn from co-housing projects? Is it possible to design-out social isolation? Should housing associations, developers and councils be looking to this typology as a mainstream option for UK housing?

The panel discussion will be chaired by Professor Irena Bauman, Sustainable Urbanism, University of Sheffield. Speakers include: Meredith Bowles of Mole Architects, winners of the Cambridge K1 Co-housing Group competition, creating Cambridge's first co-housing project.; Maria Brenton of Older Women's Co-housing, the first co-housing community for senior people in the UK; Stephen Hill of C20 Future Planners, experts in neighbourhood-scale regeneration and spatial planning; David Saxby of Architecture 00, award winning architects working on self-led housing and action-led research.

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'Together Towards Tomorrow': BMF Members Day 2016 announced

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced date, theme and venue for BMF Members Day 2016.

The event, 'Together Towards Tomorrow', will take place on 20 and 21 September 2016 at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.

In addition to the BMF’s Annual General Meeting, Members’ Day combines informal networking opportunities, a black-tie Awards Dinner, and informative business sessions. 

The event will also include two new Awards presented at the 2016 Awards Dinner, both sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants. The top performing BMF Postgraduate Diploma student will receive £1,000, while the top performing BMF Diploma in Merchanting student will receive £500.

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BSRIA seminar: 'Comfort shouldn't cost the earth'

On 15 January 2016 the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) will hold a seminar called 'Comfort shouldn't cost the earth'.

The event will look at a new approach to determine how indoor environmental quality (IEQ) factors can affect buildings’ occupants and how information can be used to improve indoor environmental quality.

"Although it is important to reduce energy consumption - the organisers explain - such strategies should also maintain the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and increase occupants’ well-being and productivity; otherwise the risk is to not be attractive to businesses".

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Registration open for January Furniture Show in Birmingham

This year's January Furniture Show will bring together 450 leading companies, representing every section of the furniture and furnishings industry, at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) in Birmingham.

The four day industry showcase (January 24-27) will attract over 16,000 buyers that include retailers, interior designers, contract buyers, architects, developers and more.

"The show is bigger for 2016, around 25%, and it has been carefully managed to keep it concise and compact with a proper visitor flow around the halls," said Laraine Janes, co-director of the January Furniture Show.  "We have seen many new quality names joining us but our significant growth has come from existing exhibitors requesting more stand space to accommodate their products and designs.

"Our aim from the beginning has always been to keep the show focused and relevant so even though the 2016 will be bigger we are controlling the growth so that it's to the benefit of both visitors and exhibitors."

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Glasgow ready to host Scotland Build 2015

Tomorrow the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre in Glasgow will open its doors to exhibitors and visitors for the Scotland Build 2015.

The two day event is expected to gather more than 175 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees involved in Scotland’s booming construction industry.

Scotland Build 2015 will be covering nine different sectors within the construction industry including a dedicated area to Green Build Scotland.

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