The HKTDC Hong Kong International Building and Hardware Fair and Eco Expo Asia open on 29 October at AsiaWorld-Expo with a wide range of green tech products, building materials and new innovations on show. A number of industry networking and knowledge-sharing events are scheduled to take place during the event which runs until 1 November.
About 480 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions will take part in Eco Expo Asia and the Building and Hardware Fair with both events paying keen attention to more environmentally friendly building techniques and materials. The Building and Hardware Fair will also be open to the public for the first time on the last day.
Eco Expo Asia is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
Eco Expo Asia is comprised of four themed days: “Global Green Initiatives”, “Waste Management & Recycling”, “Green Building, Energy Efficiency & Energy” and “Green Living”. There will be a variety of special events and conferences related to the theme of each day. Major events taking place during Eco Expo Asia include the Eco Asia Conference running 29-31 October.
Three types of environment-friendly vehicles will be on display during the Expo, including a car, a truck and a bus. Carmaker BMW is showcasing its BMW i3 electric car which promises sheer driving pleasure with zero emissions. It features lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic and an advanced electric drive system. The electric bus is produced by Green Dynamic Electric Vehicle Ltd in collaboration with the Hong Kong Productivity Council, making it the first local Hong Kong-brand of electric bus. The truck is a Hino 300 Hybrid Series which includes new features to boost fuel efficiency and ensure safe and smooth performance.
Creative solutions for green living on display at the fair include the Household Foodwaste Processing System which can be installed under the sink and decomposes food waste to be discharged through the sewage system. Also on show is Enevo ONe, which is a wireless sensor to detect how full waste containers are.
This ninth edition of the Hong Kong International Building and Hardware Fair has been expanded this year to cover four days (29 Oct-1 Nov). The event includes companies from Portugal and Turkey participating for the first time. A total of 14 exhibitors from Huzhou, Zhejiang province of the Chinese mainland, will participate in the Huzhou Pavilion to showcase their latest green building materials and decorations.
Innovative products at the fair include the Dyson Airblade Tap, which enables users to wash and dry hands in a sink in just 12 seconds, and a revolutionary new design of clear roofing tiles (LRT Tiles) which allow both light and shade to create comfortable environments in covered outdoor areas such as patios and gazebos.
A highlight of the Building and Hardware Fair is BIM Day (29 Oct), focusing on all aspects of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Co-organised by the Construction Industry Council, BIM Day comprises a full-day programme, including an Exhibitors’ Forum for BIM-related exhibitors and a high-profile HKIBIM-CIC Conference 2014 organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modelling.
BIM is a global trend in the building and construction industry. It is not just a three dimensional drawing tool but a new tool to holistically manage information relating to construction projects from planning stage, to design, construction and operational stages. BIM facilitates construction professionals to work together and communicate through a single platform. A variety of BIM-related products are on display during the fair.
A wide range of zones will be open for the first three days (29 - 31 Oct) of the fair covering various categories of the trade: Building Technology; Building Performance and BIM; Ceiling and Curtain Wall; and, a Facility Management, Testing and Trade Service zone.
Eco Expo Asia and the Building and Hardware Fair will open the doors to the general public on the last day of the event. During the Public Day on 1 November, visitors will be able to shop at the “Green Mart” and “Ideal Home Mart”, which are dedicated to eco-friendly products and home improvement and renovation products. At the Building and Hardware Fair, there are also two interior design forums on the topics of “Green-Living - Modern Home” and “Micro-Living: Small Space, Big Idea”. At Eco Expo Asia, visitors will, for the first time in Hong Kong, be able to sign up to test drive the new BMW i3 electric car