Building trade show helps companies gear up for growth, upskills professionals

While the immediate outlook for the South African building industry remains challenging, companies are indicating a steady growth in orders suggesting a mild recovery in the local industry and analysts believe that 2013/14 will bring stronger growth. This augurs well for Interbuild Africa 2012, the largest building and building services trade exhibition in Africa, aimed at helping industry related companies gear up for growth in 2013 and beyond.

Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, organisers of Interbuild Africa and co-located shows Glass Expo Africa, EcoAfribuild, Woodpro Africa, Plumbdrain Africa, Current Africa and the Frigair Workshop and Expo, is confident that the timing of the show in August will support exhibitors marketing efforts to increase business opportunities and sales over the next year or two.

"The Interbuild Africa exhibition is poised to support industry growth beyond 2012 by creating an enabling environment for business networking and development, " says Corin. "Together with its co-located shows, Interbuild Africa provides the perfect opportunity for visitors engage with over 400 exhibitors and to compare products and services, view the latest technology and industry trends, plan future product purchases or buy off-the-floor."

Corin continued saying that "the industry has been going through challenging times but I definitely sense a feeling of expectancy, that the industry will slowly recover and with it will come many more opportunities for growth."

A series of conferences and workshops co-located at Interbuild Africa will help to inform industry professionals on the new regulations and ways to combine materials and products in order to comply with legislation.

The new SANS 10400-XA: Energy Usage in Buildings legislation was instated in Nov 2011. Industry and regulators were given a 6-month lead-in time to prepare themselves before the legislation was enforced meaning South African individuals and corporates now have to comply with these new standards. SANS10400 part XA regulations will impact all new buildings and refurbishment projects.

Glass Expo Africa will host a one day conference organised by the South African Glass and Glazing Association (SAGGA). The conference will take place on 16 August and focus on the 'Future Developments Supporting Energy Usage in Building.'

Plumbdrain Africa will host an industry workshop aimed at educating the industry on new regulations in the plumbing and water heating sectors. The Polymer Hot and Cold Technology Group (PHACT) will present three 3-hour rolling workshops at 09h00, 12h00 and 15h00 on 15 August entitled 'Navigating the new world of Hot and Cold water plumbing, ' in line with SANS 10400-XA and its guidelines for provision of hot water, including solar water heating systems or heat pumps.

Frigair will host the SA Institute of Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) workshop HVAC & R Regulations and Regulatory Framework for Energy and Environment. This three day workshop from 15-17 August will provide the ideal opportunity for industry members to get up to date with regulations in this critical area of energy conservation and the environment.

A Sasol ChemCity Speaker Symposium and panel discussion will be held at this year's EcoAfribuild exhibition and will host international speakers, developers, funding institutions and regulatory organisations to stimulate constructive discussion about alternative building technologies (ABTs), and the application of the technologies in the construction industry.

Sasol ChemCity is Sasol's enterprise development vehicle, responsible for the development and support of SMEs in the energy, chemical and related sectors.

Interbuild Africa, Glass Expo Africa, EcoAfribuild, Woodpro Africa, Plumbdrain Africa and Current Africa will be held at the Expo Centre, NASREC, Johannesburg, from 15-18 August 2012. The Frigair Workshop and Expo, also co-located at this event, runs from 15-17 August 2012.

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