The countdown has started to the doors opening at the industry anticipated 2012 DesignBUILD expo, which opens Wednesday to Friday, 27 – 29 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
With more innovation, sustainability and inspiration on show than ever before including a top line up of the latest innovative products in the market showcased in the first interactive Innovation Alley, as well as the largest ever Green Building Zone, DesignBUILD is the place to be next week.
According to Exhibition Manager, Frank Matus, the DesignBUILD expo will enable builders, architects, planners, designers and other industry professionals to see and try (as well as purchase) new products, materials and tools that will ensure the local market is building as innovatively and sustainably as possible.
“DesignBUILD opens in Melbourne every second year and we’re pleased to announce that this year’s expo will feature over 250 exhibitors, with more than 60 of those being local Victorian based businesses.
“In addition to local exhibitors with innovative technologies and ideas on show, we are also hosting a dedicated International Pavilion so visitors can see the latest trends and concepts from around the globe,” he said.
Leaders from the Building Designers Association of Victoria, Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), Australian Living, Illuminating Engineering Society, Apprentice Group Australia and the ATO are just some of the speakers lined up to feature in the most anticipated DesignBUILD seminar series to date.
Mr Matus said there were many exciting firsts at DesignBUILD 2012 including the launch of Tool Demo Stations, powered by leading tool supplier Construction Supply Specialists featuring DeWalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, Powers, Simpson Strongtie, Sidchrome as well as Hilti, Rigid and Leica.
“Visitors can get ‘hands on’ with new tools at the Tool Demo Stations to see how the latest equipment can help to get the job done better, while we’ve also made Innovation Alley interactive so visitors can touch materials, feel textures and listen to case studies of the latest innovations, then visit the exhibitor for more information,” he said.
Innovation Alley will impress visitors with a huge range of new products on show including:
- Issey Sun Share Systems (Stand E44) – showcasing an innovative reinvention of the common fixed flyscreen providing the most effective sun, heat, glare, rain, wind and insect protection available.|
- CSR Monier Bricks and Roofing (Stand G20/G28) – featuring the new SOLARtile, which uses the latest PV technology to convert sunlight to electricity.
- Artrack (Stand J27) – showing the new pr50, which creates a shadowline where the wall and ceiling meet with the cavity hiding a hanging system allowing for suspension of pictures and displays.
- Jonite (stand D45) – bringing you the first collection of Banco Series street furniture for nature parks and open spaces.
- QAQ Architectural (Stand F2) – the latest production of laser cut and CNC routed privacy screens, room dividers, wall panels and carved wall panels for exterior and interior applications
- Reid Constructions (Stand i13) – showcasing the Orbiplate, which overcomes the headaches of bolted connections and trying to line them up and allowing a + or – 20mm adjustment scope.
- Ridge Tool (Stand A29) – demonstrating the micro CA-300 inspection camera which allows visual inspection of hard to reach areas and records digital images or video easily to an SD card.
- Construction Supply Specialists (Stand A35) – featuring the ReflectAll product, a translucent aerosol paint that is filled with microbeads that capture and reflect light back to the source resulting in amazing night time visibility.
Attendance to the expo, which opens at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27 – 29 June, is free for industry trades and professionals who register online, whilst seminar bookings are now open at www.designbuildexpo.com.au