Focus on the future: complementary programme at Light + Building 2016 showcases new products and trends

Multi-faceted offering for all trade visitors: information gathering at lectures by experts in their field, special events to support the up coming generation

Light + Building is a fixed variable when it comes to lighting and building services engineering. The trade fair, which runs from 13 to 18 March 2016, is a firm entry on the calendars of national and international manufacturers and trade visitors. The sector will be meeting up in Frankfurt am Main on six days that will focus on the over-arching central theme “Where modern spaces come to life: digital – individual – networked”. Business contacts will be established for the future and new products presented. With a lot of new information collected, new business partners and orders in the bag, everyone can look forward to a successful future.

Light + Building is all that: sector platform, showcase for new products and roadmap for the future. To complete the picture, Light + Building also offers, in addition to the presentation of product innovations on the part of the exhibitors, a comprehensive complementary programme. This involves reports from experts in their fields on current developments in the sector and, in a series of lectures, they will be presenting examples of best practice. On top of that there are award ceremonies for innovations in products and design trends. The latest trends will be displayed in special shows and younger members of the profession will find support and sponsorship, as well as having events staged specially with them in mind. At the forthcoming event, the emphasis will be placed on safety and security technology, building information modelling (BIM), digital building and trends in the lighting market. There is a multi-faceted and broad range of offerings on specific topics for all trade visitors, including architects, engineers, planners, interior architects, designers, tradesmen and women, wholesalers and retailers, as well as for those working in industry.

Experience the future: new products, trends and sector know-how

The new special show Digital Building picks up on Light +Building’s motto, “Where modern spaces come to life”, and puts flesh on the bones of the notion of “digital – individual – networked”, using examples of a variety of technical solutions. The focus of the special show is on “Rooms in non-residential buildings”. The special show provides models for the use of the technology and the systematic networked integration of the components within modern rooms. The latest developments in various different areas of building services engineering are to be presented on individual ‘technology islands’ as part of networked systems. To complement the ‘technology islands’ there will, in the central area of the special show, be a display of the kinds of possibilities and options for applications that open up with the increasing digitisation of building services technology. The demonstration will be presented with the help of two example applications in an office.

Building Performance offers trade visitors the opportunity to find out more about issues relating to lighting and integrated building services technology in a series of seminars and lectures. In their lectures, well-known and respected experts in their field from Germany and from abroad will consider in detail the latest developments and technological solutions and invite discussion about them.

A particular attraction for architects, interior architects, specialist lighting retailers and designers is the Trend Forum, which presents the trends in the home for 2016/17 exclusively at Light + Building. The Forum stages various home scenarios and showcases selected products, integrated in unusual room designs. At the heart of things are four main stylistic trends, which are picked up on in diverse life-style scenarios. The Trend Forum will be designed and realised by the internationally well-known Trend Bureau, bora.herke.palmisano. Several times a day, there will be guided tours that go into greater detail about the scenarios staged and provide facts about current trends in the home.

The E-House, organised by the ZVEH (Central Association of the German Electrical and Information Technology Industry), demonstrates what networked building services technology and intelligent energy management look like from the point of view of the end consumer. The ‘energy-saving power plant’ shows, in a realistic context, the effect of the energy revolution in practice and how it is already possible, today, for energy efficiency and increased comfort, convenience and security to go hand in hand.

The debating format offered by Futurecourse brings together, at Light + Building 2016, representatives from politics, commerce and industry at the world’s largest trade fair for lighting and building services engineering. Over the four days of the trade fair, two or three guests at a time will discuss current issues in a chaired debate. Following on from this, the audience will be able to raise questions of their own. Futurecourse is part of the Technology Forum which is being organised jointly by Messe Frankfurt and the Association of the German Electrical and Electronics Industry (Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. – ZVEI) and is aimed at encouraging dialogue between exhibitors and visitors.

Promoting the future; focus on the skilled professionals of tomorrow

Focus on the world of tomorrow with ‘Meeting Point Future’. The title encompasses various projects that support the younger generation. This special institution has become established within the framework of the complementary programme and is aimed at both visitors and exhibitors.

In ‘Workshop Street’, young trade visitors and trainees from the electrical and information technology trades have the chance to learn about the latest techniques and installation procedures in practical situations at a series of workstations. A certificate, recording their participation, will be available for those who complete the course and try their hand at all stations.

The prevention of accidents and health and safety at work are at the centre of concern in the safety at work seminars. This section is offered to young people already training in the relevant professions and provides specialist information about increasing safety in the workplace. Participation is certificated at the end of the course. The safety at work seminars are being organised in cooperation with Hesse / Rhineland-Palatinate Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Association (Fachverband Elektro- und Informationstechnik Hessen / Rheinland-Pfalz – FEHR) and the employers’ insurance association, BG ETEM.

Young Design offers an opportunity for young designers to showcase their lamp creations. This area is sponsored by Messe Frankfurt and offers creative young talents the ideal platform on which to make contact with both industry and a specialist public and to introduce themselves and their work.

The promotional area for innovative young companies aims at facilitating the entry of young companies into the marketplace and enables them to present their products at a leading international trade fair. The area is organised in collaboration with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – BMWi). So that companies can present themselves in an appropriate context, a joint stand will be organised for each of the product groups: Lighting, Electro-technology and Home and Building Automation.

At the Job Exchange exhibiting companies can offer vacancies directly to the visitors and make contact with them while still at the show.

In the University Area, universities and colleges working in the fields of architecture, lighting design, building services engineering and building services technology will be presenting their current projects and providing information about the many and varied courses on offer.

Under the title of ‘Industry meets Students’, the German Association of the German Electrical and Electronics Industry (Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie – ZVEI) and the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e.V. – VDE) are organising the Jobday. Students in or beyond the second semester of courses in electrical engineering, information technology and physics will be able to establish contacts with well-known companies in the electrical and electronics industries.

Awards for the future: awards and award ceremonies

The Design Plus powered by Light + Building competition presents innovative and ground-breaking products offered by exhibitors represented at Light + Building who work in lighting, electrical and electronic engineering as well as in home and building automation. The award-winning products will be selected by an international panel of experts according to the following criteria: technology, ecology and design. The competition is open to students and recent graduates in product and industrial design, as well as architecture or interior architecture. The awards are presented by Messe Frankfurt and organised by the German Design Council, the German centre of excellence for design.

The German Lighting Design Awards are presented annually and reward planners, projects and concepts relating to ‘light as a building material’. A special display at Light + Building will provide information about the German Lighting Design Awards, the winners and the 2016 event.

The Innovation Award for Architecture and Technology is aimed at architects, planning engineers and manufacturing companies. It underlines the importance of architectural quality in the field of building services technology and rewards the architectural features of products and conceptual solutions which successfully achieve high-quality design whilst at the same time fulfilling stringent technical criteria.

The focus of the ZVEH/ZVEI Energy Efficiency Award is the application of internationally recognised standards for integrated systems of home and building technology, and their contribution to energy efficiency. Prizes are awarded in the categories of residential dwellings, non-residential and commercial buildings and applications in one’s own company.

When it comes to the AIT Award – an award that is open to entrants from anywhere in the world – the choice is between the best projects in the field of architecture and interior spaces. The eight categories range from Public Buildings to Luxury Interiors. A high-calibre panel of adjudicators selects from several hundred submissions. The resultant selection is presented at Light + Building, and the best of them receive an award.

A look into the future: installations at the ‘Luminale’ festival in Frankfurt am Main

A cultural highlight at Light + Building is Luminale. This Biennale of Lighting Culture takes place at the same time as the trade fair in both Frankfurt am Main and Offenbach and offers a programme of entertainment and interest for visitors to Light + Building.

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