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This year’s Build Show, sponsored by Easy-Trim, is an unmissable event for independent tradespeople and installers, eager to skill up in the latest construction industry trends. The Build Show, as part of UK Construction Week (UKCW), returns to Birmingham’s NEC between 9 – 11 October. Visitors can access more than 10,000 innovative products and 650 exhibitors for all types of construction projects, as well as stimulating seminars, invaluable CPD sessions and endless networking opportunities.

Speedy constructions

You can’t turn a construction industry corner without hearing how offsite construction and tiny homes are the cost-effective, energy efficient, space-saving and fast solution to the UK’s housing crisis. The UK market for panelised modular building systems is flourishing while small builds are taking over our television programmes and magazines, and both require quality windows and doors.

Offsite construction is hailed as the quick solution to the housing crisis. So quick, that offsite housing specialist, Vision Built, is constructing a two-story residential house and student accommodation construction at the Offsite Theatre, supported by MBPA.

Exhibitors providing installers with offsite construction products, experience and speedy tools include:

  • Velfac, whose highly durable and low maintenance windows and doors have been used in various offsite projects;
  • Jigtech, whose innovative door handle fitting system reduces fitting time to under three minutes;
  • TRUMPF, with battery-driven power tools, offering up to 60% longer running times; and
  • Morland with its award-winning offsite fire doors.

Those serious about exploring the offsite construction market won’t want to miss out on Ian Heptonstall’s talk on developing your offsite strategy – the importance of collaboration; or Simon Inch’s CPD session on how modular skylighting systems can be used.

A panel of experts including Ruth Davison from the National Housing Federation, and Tom Walker, from Homes England, is also discussing the modern methods of construction and how they can solve the UK’s housing crisis on the UKCW Stage.

Space-saving constructions

Tiny homes are gaining interest and visitors to UKCW can get up close and personal to Carwyn Lloyd Jones’ tiny timber frame home, to understand how doors and windows need to operate in such a small environment.

Exhibitors to advise independent tradespeople and installers on space-saving systems include:

  • Velux’s smart roof windows, turning any loft conversion into a bright and well-ventilated space;
  • Scringo, whose pocket door systems and kits save on average 2.6m² space per door while still maintaining aesthetics; and
  • Ermetika, with flush door systems that merge with the wall and are guaranteed for 15 years.

Aaron Sudgen from Velux will also be explaining the role of daylight and ventilation in happy and healthy homes at CPD Hub 1.


With the domestic window coverings market benefiting from increased consumer spend in recent years, professionals will be keen to expand their knowledge of the products on offer, including:

  • Easy Trim’s Roto roof windows, offering ten percent more light and an easy and safe cleaning position; and
  • Dakea’s perfect-fit blinds and shutters.

Wrapping it all together are Nick Pearce and Claire Carsberg, from JCP, as they talk installers and independent tradespeople through the ten must-do things when bidding for large contracts.

Other exhibitors across the Build Show include: Addex, Trade Point (B&Q), Rockwool, Hikoki, OnLevel, Soudal, Rawlplug, Fischer Fixings, OM Group and Kärcher.

And there’s more

Other unmissable highlights include:

Free visitor tickets are available at and provide access to all nine UKCW shows: Energy 2018, Timber Expo, Building Tech Live, Surface & Materials Show, HVAC 2018, Civils Expo, Plant and Machinery Live, and Grand Designs Live.

Keep up to date with the latest information via the website and on Twitter at @BuildShow or using the hashtag #BuildShow2018.