BAU is a firm favourite of mine in the construction calendar and the 2017 show certainly lived up to expectations.
As the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, January’s exhibition in Munich saw a record quarter of a million attendees. Whether you were looking for aluminium profiles, glass bonding, flooring systems, bricks, blocks, tiles or roofing…you name it, BAU2017 had it all!
It really is worth the short flight to Munich for the chance to meet delegates from all around the world and discover new ideas, concepts and innovation, that are yet to reach us here.
Many of the contemporary construction techniques we use now were first showcased at BAU. For example, the use of off-site construction was pioneered at the event. We’ve seen a significant rise in this method over recent years, especially in major cities where putting something together on site in a confined space can be a real challenge. Fully assembled modules transported straight to site from the place of manufacture and installed immediately, is becoming the norm in some sectors.
As innovative construction approaches continue to develop and solve certain on-site issues, there is still a strong case for traditional methods, however, with innovation based on the evolution of the products used, instead of changes to the actual construction process.
Technological advancements could be seen throughout the BAU event; across a huge array of stronger, lighter and more sustainable products. There was also a noticeable movement towards more efficient manufacturing, which supports a faster project delivery.
As I strolled through the many halls, there was a distinct feeling that construction is changing and progressing. Technology is driving the sector and the demand for skilled workers is even more important to keep up with this progression. Our sector continues to change and face new challenges, but we can be confident that we, as an industry, have the desire and capability to grow and evolve.