Le Mondial du Bâtiment, the international event for the building industry, is an unmissable show where the industry can share over current and future challenges. Bringing together INTERCLIMA+ELECHB, IDÉOBAIN and BATIMAT, and presenting all the construction materials and solutions for today and tomorrow, Le Mondial du Bâtiment will take place in Paris Nord Villepinte from 6 to 10 November 2017. Less than 4 months from opening, and in an increasingly favourable market context, Le Mondial du Bâtiment is already looking very promising in terms of showcasing solutions and innovations and fostering exchanges and dialogue between construction professionals.

With this in mind, the 2017 Mondial du Bâtiment has reinvented itself to meet changes in the construction industry and make the most of synergies between exhibitors and visitors. The event comprises of 3 interconnected trade shows : INTERCLIMA+ELECHB, IDÉOBAIN and BATIMAT that are designed around 7 specific and connected trade sectors, to help visitors find the right materials and solutions for their building projects.

INTERCLIMA+ELECHB, is where all the sector’s decision-makers and installers come together to choose partners and seek solutions in energy efficiency, renewable energies, thermal comfort and smart solutions for residential and commercial buildings. Faithful exhibitors (for example, AIRWELL, ATLANTIC, ELM, FLAMCO, FRISQUET, GRDF and SCHNEIDER, WEISHAUP) will be there as well as other leading companies (CARRIER, FRANCE AIR, LG Electronics, PANASONIC, SIEMENS, SWEGON, to name a few).

IDÉOBAIN will showcase solutions and innovations for planning or renovating bathroom spaces. Prestigious companies such as LUX ELEMENTS, NEWFORM, PELLET and THG are returning this year. The show will also boast a sanitary village and a Materials village, with innovative technical and decorative solutions.

BATIMAT is the building industry’s leading international trade show, where the sector’s decision-makers and project managers come together to choose partners and seek products and service solutions for current and future buildings. 1,200 exhibitors (+5%) will be there including the return of major brands in the Structure and Envelope sectors  (AIRIUM, ISOBOX, SAINT-GOBAIN and its brands PLACO and ISOVER, VELUX, etc.), in the Joinery sectors (AGC, ALIPLAST, HENKEL, HOPPE, MALERBA, REYNAERS, 3M France, WAREMA), Equipment and Tools (DEWALT-STANLEY-FACOM, KS Tools, PERI, WURTH, etc.), Worksite equipment (DIECI, ENTREPOSE, KILOUTOU, WACKER NEUSON), digital and new technologies (BENTLEY SYSTEMS, EMAGINE, FISA, PARROT DRONES) and Commercial Vehicles (GRUAU, MERCEDES BENZ and TOYOTA, to name a few).

The Solutions Hubs: A new major feature for 2017

Ideally located at the entrance of the halls and moderated by presenters, each hub will present a selection of products that, when combined, offer concrete solutions to the major needs of the 60,000 major prescribers visiting the Mondial du Bâtiment : architects, contractors, project managers, engineers, construction economists, general firms, etc.

INTERCLIMA+ELECHB Hub: Energy and comfort in commercial buildings (Hall 2)

In collaboration with Uniclima and Gimélec, the Hub will present technical solutions to meet the requirements of clients in terms of reducing energy consumption for the E+C label- which challenges companies to propose new solutions.

The Bathrooms & Interiors Hub (Hall 3/Hall 4)

Designed with the AFISB and PeclersParis, an international style firm specialising in prospective trend analysis, it will be ideally located at the crossroads between IDEOBAIN (Hall 3) and BATIMAT (Hall 4), and will focus on Bathrooms & Interiors.

Construction and sustainable renovation (Hall 6)

In association with the Construction21 network and the firm TBC, and located at the entrance to Hall 6 at BATIMAT, this area will present a selection of products providing clear solutions to major issues such as Energy-positive, low-carbon (E+C-) construction, Eco-responsible construction & renovation, Construction & renovation in an urban environment and Building and renovating for user comfort, including within E+C- accreditation.

The Building of the Future (Hall 5A-6)

This will present emerging products and technologies for the construction of tomorrow: future materials, energy production and storage, connect objects/IoT, new applications, big data, BIM, collaborative platforms, augmented reality, 3D printing, etc. This area will be located within the connecting passage between Halls 5A and 6, at the heart of BATIMAT’s “digital and new technologies sector”.

More features and highlights for the 2017 edition

Located at the entrance to Hall 5A, the Influencer’s Club will welcome the presidents of associations and trade federations and a selection of the owners of the largest architects’ firms, engineering firms, constructors and contractors.

With the support of the Institut de la Francophonie for sustainable development (IFDD), Le Mondial du Bâtiment and its 3 shows INTERCLIMA+ELECHB, IDÉOBAIN, and BATIMAT will be honouring 84 states and governments from French-speaking nations, with two major events promoting business meetings between exhibitors and project developers, including a 1000 sq. m Francophone/ IFDD Pavilion in the centre of Hall 6,  hosting representatives from high-potential regions including 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo-Brazzaville, Senegal, etc.), North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia) and representatives from Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

While reflecting and highlighting industry trends Le Mondial du Bâtiment is more than ever THE innovation event for the sector and has partnered with ADEME for the Le Mondial du Bâtiment Awards.  The awards highlight market trends, introduce the latest innovations and shine a spotlight on the winners at Le Mondial du Bâtiment Awards Ceremony, a special evening event in September attended by the International jury.

Bringing the construction community together with unique services

In 2015, Le Mondial du Bâtiment welcomed over 340,000 visitors, including more than 110,000 entrepreneurs and installers, over 60,000 contractors/prescribers and over 45,000 distributors.

For the 2017 edition, Le Mondial du Bâtiment is aiming at increasing French visitor numbers by 10%. Among the expected visitors, the whole community of architects, engineers and contractors will be invited to a special day, “club” services and guided visits (70,000 visitors expected). Building merchants and distributors will also enjoy their own reception and visitor trails (48,000 visitors expected). Large numbers of artisans and installers have also been catered for with an exceptional transport scheme (120,000 visitors expected). Students, organisation representatives and industrial companies are also planning to attend in growing numbers.

Le Mondial du Bâtiment will take place in Paris Nord Villepinte from 6 to 10 November 2017 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre


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Rugby High School enjoys ‘significantly improved’ illumination from energy saving LED upgrade

The comprehensive LED-based lighting upgrade is expected to deliver annual savings of £12.5K and a return on investment of only 4.5 years.

Increasing instances of lamp failure, a recognition that the quality of the illumination could be better, and a desire to take advantage of energy savings accruing from the latest LED technology informed a recent upgrade at Rugby High School in Warwickshire. The major, site-wide overhaul was undertaken by Energys Group and funded by Utility Rentals’ operational lease scheme.

As the school’s Business Manager, Allan Kerr, explains, “it had been clear for a while that the old lighting was nearing the end of its useful life. Lamps were beginning to fail on a more regular basis, meaning that we were spending more money on replacements and maintenance. In addition, we were working on plans for a new sports hall, and if we had kept with the existing lighting we would have had to increase our electricity supply.”

Having engaged the services of energy efficiency technology specialist Energys Group to advise on the project, it quickly became clear that a comprehensive LED lighting upgrade would both reduce demand on supply and enable substantial energy savings. Consequently, the two parties began work on a lighting overhaul to encompass the main hall, music theatre, classrooms, science labs, gym, sports hall, corridors, staircases, communal areas and the languages block.

‘Dramatic improvement’

The resulting installation draws on LED products from across the Energys Group range, and includes tubes, panels, down-lighters, spotlights, wall-lights, outdoor fittings and flood-lights. Mere weeks after the project was completed – with a minimum of disruption to the operational practices of the school – it was evident to school management and personnel quite how much of an improvement the new systems had delivered.

“For the first few weeks after the deployment staff kept coming up to me to remark upon the new lighting. In particular, the increased standard of illumination in the main hall, gym and science labs was singled out for specific praise,” recalls Kerr.

Whilst the quality of the lighting was immediately apparent, its benefits in terms of energy savings will become more evident over the medium to long-term. As a result of the massive upgrade – which ran to 712 new LED lamps and 575 LED fittings – Energys predicts a return on investment of just 4.5 years. Annual energy savings are expected to total £12.5K and approximately 104,985 kWh’s, with a reduction in CO2 emissions of 55.84 tonnes per year.

Raj Gunasekaran, Business Development Manager at Energys Group, says that “the improvement in lighting conditions across the entire site is very discernible, and of course the energy savings are also going to be very welcome – particularly in the current challenging economic climate for the education sector. But it’s also important to highlight that improved lighting often translates to happier pupils and staff, meaning increased productivity and quality of work.”

‘Brilliant scheme’

However, there is another important element in the mix here and that is the funding provided by Utility Rentals. Having investigated some other schemes but concluded that they were unlikely to deliver the finance in the necessary time-frame, Kerr instead applied to the Utility Rentals operational lease initiative, with Energys Group providing guidance and assistance throughout the process.

As Utility Rentals director Steve Mattey explains, the scheme is fast, guaranteed and “available for any school in the country – no matter what size or establishment type. The rental scheme is cash-positive from day one, with repayments covered by the energy costs saved. The repayments are also fixed and won’t go up year on year, and can even be deferred until 12 months after the lighting has been installed.”

The Rugby High School application was successful, and Kerr reports that he was struck by “how straightforward the process proved to be. I am also pleased with the fact that if any failures occur, replacements will be provided at no cost. It really does take the risk element out of what has been a substantial undertaking.”

Reflecting on the completion of another comprehensive lighting upgrade in the education sector, Gunasekaran says that “the benefits Rugby High School is now experiencing as a result of implementing the latest LED lighting technology are now increasingly commonplace throughout this market. At Energys we are able to support this transition with a comprehensive range of LED solutions, so it’s no surprise that we have many comparable projects on the agenda for the rest of 2017.”