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Sustainable building forms Big 5 focus

The Big 5 Dubai UAEThe crowds at last year's Big 5 exhibition. (Image source: dmg::events)The 2012 edition of the huge Big 5 building and construction exhibition will be even more product-sector focused than usual and sustainability will form a core theme

This year's comprehensive rollout of the region’s leading construction exhibition opens its doors in the Dubai WTC from 5-8 November 2012.

‘Innovation and Sustainability in Construction’ is the chosen theme and the exhibition’s opening hours will be from 11.00-19.00 each day. A separate Saudi Arabia 2012 edition of The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show has already taken place this year.

The show has grown in scope over more than three decades but the original name has been retained by organisers dmg*.

Products specifically focused on this year include:
- Coatings, adhesives and sealants
- Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Kitchens, bathrooms and surfaces
- Steel
- Water technology
- Windows and doors

The Dubai edition of The Big 5 attracted more than 35,000 individual visitors last year, who came from 130 different countries to inspect the products and services of more than 2,300 companies and training institutions.

As well as a number of traditional internal events, Middle East Concrete, PMV Live and FM Expo will also be taking place at the same time. Developed to cater to industry demand, these events will be provide dedicated exhibition zones for commercial buyers within the complex which will focus on the products and services that are most relevant to each activity.

As the region’s leading construction-related consumer products show, The Big 5 cashes in on the US$4 trillion-plus market for construction projects in the MENA countries. The UAE’s share of that huge total is estimated at nearly US$700bn. Some individual sectors of the trade, such as HVAC, are expected to see annual growth of nine per cent or more over the next few years.

“The opportunities being presented across the region continue to remain at the forefront of the world’s construction industry,” the organisers said last August.

Last year’s show saw a move to a more product-sectorised event, making it as easy as possible for visitors to access the materials, items and services they need.

Big on sustainability

The Big 5 organising team point to the increased awareness within the region of the need for the local demonstration of sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices wherever possible. “This has been further demonstrated by the UAE taking pole position in having the highest number of sustainably-certified developments,” the organiser said.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects in the Middle East generally indicate that the US-originated, but now widely adopted globally, LEED scheme has positively impacted on the region’s need for meeting local minimum building code requirements. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are at the forefront of this regional trend.

“Sustainability is no longer just a boardroom buzzword but a necessity in the current business landscape,” said dmg’s event director, Andy White. “Thanks to support from the government and various associations in the UAE we have seen how positive the economic impact of sustainability can be.

“More needs to be done in this matter and sustainability is very much at the forefront of The Big 5 2012. Exhibitors, visitors and delegates have consistently fed back that this is an element that holds significant value for them.”

Regional developers and suppliers have risen to this challenge by providing leading solutions across all the key pillars of sustainable building – air quality, water quality and energy usage. Experts expect that sustainability will soon become the norm right across the Gulf.

“There has been a great amount of progress made in the region’s sustainable construction over the past two years specifically,” said Thomas Bohlen of the ME Centre for Sustainability. “Everyone within the industry has an understanding of what Green Building means now, and eventually we will see it become just a normal part of building practice.”

A special Green Building Conference will be taking place on 7 and 8 November.

Other educational events focusing on this subject include two LEED workshops on the 5th and 6th where the Director of Green technologies at FZCO will be taking participants point by point through core concepts, strategies and implementation measures for sustainable building techniques – including sourcing of materials.


*www.thebig5.ae or contact dmg :: events on +971 (0) 4 438 0355

Co-located exhibitions allow visitors to The Big 5 to see an extended range of exhibits, many of them in appropriate outdoor locations. Opening times are the same as for the main event.

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