Design Plus competition honours combination of innovative technology and design
From 10 to 14 March, 2,361 manufacturers - more than half of them from outside Germany - will be presenting the world's largest exhibition of industrial achievement in the 'Bathroom Experience', building services, energy, air-conditioning technology and renewable energies. This year marks the anniversary "50 years of ISH", and the exhibition centre is fully booked for the occasion.
Alongside its comprehensive range of products, the international trade fair offers a high-level complementary programme. In line with the important sector issues of sustainability and energy efficiency, a large number of special exhibitions, specialist forums and symposiums are concerned with questions surrounding the careful and responsible use of water and energy in buildings.
The Bathroom Experience: Water for People
The "Blue Responsibility" campaign picks up and examines in greater detail the topic of sustainability. The campaign is organised by the VDMA - Fittings Association (Fachverband Armaturen) together with the German Sanitation Industry Forum (IndustrieForum Sanitär) and supported by the Association of the German Sanitation Industry (Vereinigung der Deutschen Sanitärwirtschaft - VDS). There is also a thematic display which presents information on various aspects of sustainability. Well-known German brand-name manufacturers of sanitation products will be exhibiting under this general title, demonstrating their particular expertise in terms of sustainable solutions in the field of sanitation. The thematic display will lead trade-fair visitors through a trail of information which deals with the technology of waterconservation and drinking-water hygiene, as well as focussing on ease of assembly, innovative surfaces, bathrooms that appeal across generation boundaries, comfort, health and, not least, the manufacturers' social commitment. Further information can be found at: www.blue-responsibility.com.
In the Trend Forum "Pop up the Bathroom", the Association of the German Sanitation Industry (Vereinigung der Deutschen Sanitärwirtschaft - VDS) has identified the ten most important development strands which currently determine bathroom design and will continue to determine it in the near future. These trends will be presented and discussed at ISH. The Waterlounge is one of the places which will serve as a platform for this. The VDS's stand in Hall 3.1, A96, has been set up as a meeting place for representatives from industry and the media, and will take up these top 10 themes and present them in a form that is accessible to the public. The presentation will include a flash animation of the bathroom trends, which will be screened at a dedicated information stand. (Trend Forum A98) .
"The Value of Water" - with this title, the German Swimming Pool and Wellness Association (Bundesverband Schwimmbad & Wellness - bsw) picks up the theme of drinking water hygiene in building ser-vices engineering. Its new brochure on this topic, which the bsw will have available at its stand in Hall 1.1, C40, is a useful marketing instrument, specifically for businesses working in the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector. The most recent trend in the wellness sector will be on show in a project presentation which deals with private wellness rooms in the premium range.
"Health and wellness in motion" – this is the motto for a run which is being organised on the opening day of ISH, 10 March, to raise awareness of health and wellness issues – particularly in the work-place. The 'race', over some five kilometres, will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Frankfurt's Rebstockpark, and the finishing line will be in the Exhibition Centre. Messe Frankfurt have managed to enlist the services of top runner Jürgen Mennel as co-organiser of the event. Mennel, who was runner-up in the World Championships over 100 kilometres, will also be taking part in this 'run for health'. The event is open to all exhibitors at ISH, representatives of the health-care business, companies from the sports and health-care sector, school classes from the Rhine-Main region and sports clubs.
The Outlook Lounge in the Foyer of Hall 4.2 is a meeting point for architects, engineers and designers as well as for subscribers to the magazine "Outlook – Building Perspectives", published by Messe Frankfurt. This is the first time that Messe Frankfurt has organised the Outlook Lounge. It offers an exclusive meeting point for discussions with colleagues in an agreeable atmosphere.
Building services and energy technology: efficient systems and renewable energies
The ISH Technology and Energy Forum in Galleria 1 North (walk-way between Halls 8 and 9) showcases the fundamental changes in the heating market. Expert lectures and a cross-sector exhibition will be presenting future trends, including the opportunities that exist for high-efficiency building services technology. Here there will be explanation and discussion of new options for increasing efficiency and for the use of renewable energies in buildings, systems integration in modern building services engineering and the use of biogenic fuels. Actual examples of completed modernisation projects will be used to show how sustainable and resource-friendly heating of the future can be achieved today, using improved efficiency and a gradual shift across to renewable energies. The ISH Technology and Energy Forum has been conceived independently of any particular form of energy or technology. It is organised by the Association of the German House, Energy and Environmental Technology Industry (Bundesindustrieverband Deutschland Haus-, Energie- und Umwelttechnik – BDH) together with Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with other partners.
From 10 to 13 March in Hall 9.2 the Tiled Stove Forum is offering lectures and discussion forums with well known speakers from the worlds of politics, business and research. Issues include the "Legal framework conditions for small and medium-sized combustion units" and the "Reduction of particulate emissions in small combustion units". The Tiled Stove Forum is organised by the German Tiled Stove Working Group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Kachelofenwirtschaft ) in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt.
Aircontec – cooling, air-conditioning and ventilation technology
The Air-conditioning Forum is an event organised by the Building Climate Institute (Fachinstitut Gebäude Klima - FGK) in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt. A variety of subsidiary forums will provide a lecture programme and poster presentation to throw light on current is-sues in building services engineering in contexts relevant to the market. Themes in the forums will include "Architecture and technology", "Sustainable building", "Markets and standardisation", "Targets for climate protection". The Air-conditioning Forum will take place from 10 to 14 March in Hall 5.1 / Congress Centre.
The IKK Building Forum run by the Association of German Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Companies (Verband Deutscher Kälte-Klima-Fachbetriebe – VDKF) is also taking place within the frame-work of Aircontec in Hall 6.2. In the spirit of current approaches to holistic ways of looking at the energy requirement of buildings, the focus will be on integrated planning in terms of heating, ventilation, cooling and air-conditioning technology as well as in measuring, control and regulatory technology. The speakers will be presenting the sector's new products and ideas in 30 minute slots in the lecture forum from the 10 to 13 March.
The Design Plus competition stands for expertise in design at Messe Frankfurt and the innovative achievements in design within the industry. The competition is intended for all exhibitors at ISH: 111 companies from 15 countries have submitted a total of 252 products for consideration. Together with the German Design Council, Messe Frankfurt honours, in the Design Plus Award, products that harmoniously integrate sustainability, aesthetics and functionality. There will be a detailed special exhibition of the award-winning items in the Foyer of Hall 4.2; the award ceremony will be held on 10 March at 2:00 p.m.
The Architecture and Technology Innovation Prize, sponsored by the technical journals AIT and xia IntelligenteArchitektur in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt, rewards products and conceptual solutions, which, according to architectural criteria, stand out because of both design and technical features. The competition is open to architects, planning engineers and manufacturing companies who are represented as exhibitors at ISH. The award-winning projects will be on display in a special exhibition area in the Foyer of Hall 4.2: the award ceremony will take place on 11 March at 3:00 p.m.
Up-to-date and detailed information on all aspects of the complementary programme can be found on the internet at: www.ish.messefrankfurt.com under the heading "Events". In addition, there will be a brochure to accompany the complementary programme, available free of charge everywhere in Exhibition Centre for the duration of ISH.