Concrete and Masonry Pavilion at Ecobuild 2016

Concrete and Masonry Pavilion at Ecobuild 2016

20 January 2016

The Concrete Centre has come together with manufacturers, solution providers and industry bodies to offer a wealth of expert advice, seminars and practical demonstrations showing the many ways in which designers can use concrete and masonry construction to achieve true sustainability, long term performance and aesthetic goals.

The pavilion will also provide a venue to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the built environment, such as how to respond to the up-turn in the housing market and a growing population. Best practice guidance will be provided on high performance housing solutions as well as a session which explores new or next generation housing, the likely energy challenges and solutions as well addressing changing demographics.

Concrete construction provides a unique opportunity for designers to influence and employ the embodied and in-use sustainability of their projects and there will be a wealth of information and advice available from the Concrete and Masonry Pavilion. Guidance, seminars and expertise will be available on whole life carbon and buildings, concrete specification and, material and resource efficiency.

The pavilion will also host important updates from the concrete and masonry industry including the launch of the 8th Concrete Industry Sustainability Performance Report, a progress update on the Resource Efficiency Action Plans, launched at last year’s event and generic EPDs. The industry is developing nine generic certified concrete EPDs for a range of precast concrete products, including one for ready-mixed concrete and one for mortar as well as common format product data templates for BIM.

The popular High Performance Housing feature returns this year, with real product and block-laying demonstrations. The feature will also explain how the properties of locally available masonry and precast flooring can be used to meet and exceed the requirements for energy efficiency, acoustic performance, fire resistance and durability. Full size construction example panels will be part of the stand , to help show designers how they can reduce thermal bridging to required levels.

Concrete is a mix of materials, and a material that can be used in many forms. Exhibitors within the Concrete and Masonry Pavilion are manufacturers of a range of design and construction solutions. This is the “Who’s who?” in the Pavilion:

•        Aircrete Products Association

The trade association for aircrete block manufacturers, promoting best practice and providing guidance on topics such as Part L.

•        British Precast

The trade association for precast concrete manufacturers, sharing information to support our members and the wider industry.

•        CEMEX

Manufacturer of readymix concrete, cement, aggregates, asphalt, mortar, screed, floor and

wall systems, concrete blocks, hard landscaping.

•        Chryso

CHRYSO designs, manufactures and delivers solutions for the global cement and concrete industries.

•        Concrete Block Association

The trade association for manufacturers of aggregate concrete building blocks in various strengths, weights and surface textures. We run a highly respected programme of product development, research and testing to provide new design and construction solutions.

•        GRCA

The International Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete Association (GRCA) brings together all those with an interest in Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete (GRC).

•        Hanson

Manufacturer of ready-mixed concrete, aggregates (crushed rock, sand and gravel), cement and cementitious materials.

•        Longley Concrete Group

Manufacturer of precast concrete products including beam & block, hollowcore and Insulated flooring systems as well as precast staircases and lift shafts. Established since 1947 and with three manufacturing plants across the UK and Northern Ireland, Longley Concrete has the capacity to produce beam and block flooring for over 28,000 new homes a year and includes most major contractors and house builders as its customers.

•        Mortar Industry Association

The trade association for producers of factory-made mortars, renders and screeds.

•        Precast Flooring Federation

The product association within British Precast, promoting the structural and commercial benefits of precast flooring.

•        Tarmac

Manufacturer of readymix concrete, sustainable building materials and construction solutions.

•        The Concrete Centre

The industry body that provides best-practice guidance, seminars and short courses on the design and use of concrete and masonry, as well as the publisher of Concrete Quarterly magazine.

•        UK CARES

The independent, not-for-profit certification body, established to provide confidence to the users, purchasers and specifiers of constructional steels through a regime of regulation, testing and inspection.

More exhibitors to be announced soon.

The Concrete and Masonry Pavilion is a combination of information, education and fun and will be a valuable part of your Ecobuild experience, and we look forward to welcoming you from the 8-10 March. For more information visit:


Notes for Editors:

By-line: Claire Ackerman, Head of Marketing and Communications, The Concrete Centre

The Concrete Centre provides material, design and construction guidance to designers. The Concrete Centre’s vision is to make concrete the material of choice and our aim is to enable all those involved in the design, use and performance of concrete to realise the potential of the material. For more information visit:

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the recent addition of The British Precast Concrete Federation (BPCF) and the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), it has a growing membership of 480 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME companies throughout the UK, as well as the nine major international and global companies. It covers 100% of GB cement production, 90% of aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and ready-mixed concrete production and 70% of precast concrete production. Each year the industry supplies £9 billion of materials and services to the £120 billion construction and other sectors. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit:

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