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Our graduate reports on his first visit to Futurebuild

I just wrapped up an eye-opening experience at Futurebuild 2024, and I am thrilled to share some highlights with you all!

Held at London’s ExCel centre in the heart of the docklands from 5-7 March 2024, the exhibition brings together the entire construction supply chain.

Its mission is to showcase, debate and understand the advancements in sustainable construction and the emerging technologies that will make net zero possible.

As the organisers themselves say: “Futurebuild is about driving positive change”.

The discussions were invaluable, highlighting the power of collective action in driving meaningful change

Emmanuel Uzim Emmanual Uzim Graduate Product Specialist


Sustainability was the talk of the town, and it is clear, that the drive for decarbonisation in the built environment is stronger than ever.

From innovative materials to groundbreaking technologies, the future of construction is looking greener and cleaner!

One of the most intriguing aspects was the emphasis on circularity and the concept of buildings as "material banks."

The idea of designing structures with Embodied Carbon considerations and reuse in mind is not only environmentally responsible but also economically savvy.

The impact of digitalisation on decarbonisation cannot be overstated.

It was insightful to see opportunities for Open Protocols and the implementation of demand-side response (DSR) to meet clean energy consumption with reduced energy costs in buildings.

According to RICS, the implementation of digital tools and technologies in construction can cut carbon emissions by nearly 20%.

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Futurebuild Colleagues, Samira Saravi and Rachel Lekman, with the QAHV on the UK Green Building Council Stand

Cutting-edge thinking

The exhibition did not disappoint in showcasing a plethora of cutting-edge solutions, from carbon-neutral construction methods to smart energy equipment.

For our part, a major product highlight was the QAHV Monobloc Air Source Heat Pump which we exhibited at the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) stand.

Given the increasing decarbonisation of the UK’s electrical grid and the legally binding pledge to achieve net zero by 2050, the QAHV, which utilises the natural and stable refrigerant CO2 (R744), offers a high-efficiency, low-carbon solution for hot water delivery, capable of reaching leaving water temperatures of up to 90°C.


As a first-time visitor to the show, it was inspiring to see industry leaders like Mitsubishi Electric and other innovators coming together to pave the way for a more sustainable future.

We must not forget about the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing. It has been said that net zero is a destination without a map, and we are all starting from different places, so sharing our experiences with others means we are more likely to arrive there together.

The discussions and networking opportunities at FutureBuild were invaluable, highlighting the power of collective action in driving meaningful change.

As we move forward, the goal is to continue to champion sustainability and work towards creating spaces that are not only functional but also mindful of their environmental impact.

Emmanual Uzim is a Graduate Product Specialist