Concrete at Ecobuild - Tuesday 6 March 2018

Date:Tuesday 06 March 2018
Time:09:00 - 17:00

Concrete Theatre - Stand E80
Excel London 

Royal Victoria Dock,
1 Western Gateway,
E16 1XL


Come and visit the Concrete District, one of the futurebuild districts, at Ecobuild 2018. This district will deliver inspiration and information to enable designers to realise the potential of concrete as a sustainable material and discover the range of construction solutions for housing, building and infrastructure.

The Concrete Centre and This is Concrete are working with Ecobuild to deliver three-days of practical guidance on concrete and masonry. Each day will feature a morning and afternoon session comprising a series of short seminars that all address a common theme. Each theme tackles a key sustainability issue and provides practical guidance and case studies for designers and the wider project team through a series of short, focused seminars, there will also be opportunity to ask questions of all the session speakers in a panel Q&A. 

Seminar Programme - Tuesday 6 March

11:00 - 12.30

Energy Efficiency: Getting the details right

This series of talks gets into the details and provides practical advice to optimise the thermal performance of a buildings enclosure and structure using concrete and concrete blocks or masonry.

Chair: Guy Thompson, Head of Architecture, Housing and Sustainability, MPA The Concrete Centre

  • Key issues for good thermal performance -Tom De Saulles, Building Physicist, MPA The Concrete Centre
    A summary of the main design considerations that influence the year-round thermal performance of the building fabric. 
    The points covered will highlight the ability of concrete and masonry solutions to meet or exceed Part L targets, whilst also delivering summer-time comfort requirements.
  • Designing out thermal bridges - Owen Gallagher, Technical Sales Manager, Plasmor on behalf of Modern Masonry
    A guide to high-performance construction details for common types of masonry wall construction and different block types/densities. 
    Where to find and how to use pre-calculated high-performance construction details to save time and meet thermal bridging performance criteria.
  • Thermal mass and active slabs at White Collar Factory - Gethin Rees,Building Services Engineer,  Arup
    White Collar Factory is a recently completed office development, rated BREEAM Outstanding. This presentation explains how exposed concrete structure, with embedded chilled water is fundamental to the building’s low energy servicing strategy.
  • Airtightness: Learning from experience - Max Kettenacker, Associate Director, Allies and Morrison Architect 
    Max will describe the strategies and details employed to meet a high thermal performance standard using concrete and masonry, with a particular focus on achieving excellent airtightness. Projects include Ash Court, Girton College and Cranmer Road, King's College, Cambridge.

Speakers will be available to answer any of your questions at the end of this session.


Top Ten Tips: Achieving good looking concrete

An insight into the design and construction considerations for achieving visual, in-situ and precast concrete. It includes concrete mix specification, formwork design, post-finishing techniques and performance benefits. 

Speaker: Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect, MPA The Concrete Centre

14:30- 16:00

Specifying Sustainable and Innovative Concrete 

The afternoon session explores the latest advancements in sustainable concrete and provides essential guidance for designers to optimise the sustainability credentials of concrete through specification and design.

Chair: Guy Thompson, Head of Architecture, Housing and Sustainability, MPA The Concrete Centre

  • Specifying sustainable and innovative concrete – Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural Engineering, MPA The Concrete Centre
    Guidance on specifying sustainable concrete, including the use of low carbon cements, recycled aggregates and material efficiency.
    Latest updates and innovations on industry initiatives and solutions to improve the sustainability credentials of concrete. 
  • Low carbon cements – Dr Colum McCague, Technical Manager, MPA Cement
    How to specify cementitious materials to achieve low carbon concrete.
    The latest on novel cements and expected updates to the standard for the specification of concrete.  
  • Project exemplar: Royal College of Pathologists Headquarters - Hannah Fothergill,  Architect, Bennetts Associates  
    Hannah will describe the sustainable design approach taken for this project and the use of concrete, including exposed concrete surfaces, the material efficient structural form and the use of GGBS.

  • Sustainable and Innovative Concrete – Richard Kershaw, National Technical Manager, Cemex
    This seminar explores innovative special concrete and proprietary mixes to enhance performance and provide new products and forms of concrete.

Speakers will be available to answer any of your questions at the end of this session.