Darryl Swift, CEO at Impact
Recently, Teo and I attended the London Build Expo 2023, a standout event in the construction industry calendar. Beyond the professional aspects, the event offered unique entertainment. We had the pleasure of meeting iconic figures like ex-footballer John Barnes and enjoyed performances that added a dynamic atmosphere to the expo.
The expo’s highlight was the “The Future of Sustainable Buildings” session. It delved into the importance of integrating circular economy principles in construction, advocating for material reuse and emphasizing sustainability from the design stage. This session was instrumental in showcasing the industry’s shift towards comprehensive sustainability, encompassing biodiversity and adaptability in building designs.
Our interactions with various companies were particularly enlightening. We explored Qvantum’s innovative heat pumps, which offer efficient heating and air recycling capabilities, a significant step forward in building sustainability. IndiNature’s hemp-based insulation was another standout, illustrating the shift towards more eco-friendly building materials.
Furthermore, we discovered universal EV chargers, reflecting the growing demand for electric vehicle infrastructure. The rapid-assembly modular homes from Ukrainian manufacturers also caught our attention, offering potential solutions to expedite housing construction processes.
Our visit to Celsa’s booth provided insights into advanced steel reinforcing manufacturing techniques, crucial for modern construction practices. Stopcor’s cathode protection systems, designed to reduce limescale buildup, were another example of practical innovation in construction materials.
The London Build Expo 2023 was more than a showcase of products; it served as a convergence of ideas, innovations, and a testament to how dynamic the construction industry is. The future looks bright, with such events indicating a shift towards more efficient, sustainable, and innovative construction practices. This aligns with our mission at Impact, where we are dedicated to providing insightful market research and strategies to navigate and contribute to this evolving landscape of sustainable construction.