Buildex Vancouver has a fresh face in 2016, with new exhibits, speakers and educational seminars. Appearing for the first time are the World of Concrete, the Roofing Zone and PAMA (the Professional Association of Managing Agents) networking area. There will also be more exhibits and seminar sessions on some aspects of sustainability.
Buildex visitors will also be able to test-drive a number of 2016 model Toyota trucks and SUVs. "Our goal is to keep our program fresh and engaging," said show director Paul Maryschak.
Buildex Vancouver 2016 takes place Feb. 24 and 25 at Vancouver Convention Centre West. The annual trade show, which bills itself as the largest event of its kind in Western Canada, is aimed at people working in design, construction, renovation, property and project management, architecture and engineering. Buildex is expecting more than 450 exhibitors this year and more than 70 educational seminars. Approximately 14,000 visitors are expected to attend.
Making its debut this year is the World of Concrete, with a dedicated pavilion and complimentary live demonstrations.
Maryschak says the World of Concrete at Buildex Vancouver is a smaller version of the enormous World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, which has been taking place since the 1970s.
Also new in 2016 is the Roofing Zone, which highlights roofing innovations and products. The Roofing Zone features live demonstrations and eight complimentary sessions. Roofing companies represented include Firestone Building Products, Roxul, IKO Pacific, Specifex Building Science Inc., Menzies Metal Products, Coast Hudson Ltd., Xeroflor Canada Inc., Columbia Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Duro-Last Roofing Inc., Enviroshake Inc. and Centimark Roofing.
Buildex Vancouver 2016 will also feature pavilions from the Canadian Home Builders Association BC (CHBA BC), BC Wood Specialties Group Association (BC Wood) and the Canadian Passive House Institute West (CanPHI West).
The CHBA BC pavilion will feature exhibits by members of its own association, plus members of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association.
The 1,800-square-foot pavilion will feature 17 exhibitors, including the association, which is an increase of eight from 2015.
"This is the second year the association has had a pavilion at Buildex Vancouver," said CHBA BC marketing director Laura Chok.
"This year our pavilion will look like a house. There will be four exhibitors in what looks like the main house and six in the backyard."
Some of the pavilion's exhibitors are Cloverdale Paint, Creative Home Furnishings, Dick's Lumber and Building Supplies Ltd., Draft On Site Services and the Federated Insurance Company of Canada.
This is the fourth year for the BC Wood pavilion, says association CEO Brian Hawrysh.
"The pavilion will showcase the range of wood building products that are available from BC manufacturers," Hawrysh said.
There are eight exhibitors in the 2,000-square-foot pavilion.
In addition to BC Wood, is Woodtone Industries, Masonite International Corporation, Linea Ceilings and Wall Systems, Surrey Cedar Ltd., Viceroy Homes Ltd., Naturally:Wood; and the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada.
The CanPHI West passive house pavilion will feature components and services that can be used in passive house buildings.
Passive house refers to a voluntary standard for energy efficiency that reduces a building's ecological footprint. Passive house buildings require little energy for space heating or cooling.
"Buildex offers a full seminar program separate from the trade show," said pavilion organizer Malcolm Cairns. "The growing interest in high-performance buildings is reflected in the number of speakers presenting on passive house topics. Each day has a complete stream of passive house presentations."
At the Toyota Truck Experience, Toyota Canada will showcase its truck and SUV line-up for 2016. Visitors will be able to test-drive a selection of Toyota vehicles, including the 2016 4Runner and Tundra and the 2016 Tacoma.
Sponsored by the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC, the 19th Annual invitation-only CEO Breakfast for British Columbia's construction executives takes place today.
Keynote speaker is Mark Casaletto, president CMD Group – Canada, who will give an economic update on the prospects for B.C.'s construction industry.
The Vancouver Regional Construction Association Construction Leaders Breakfast will be served on Thursday, Feb. 25.
Keynote Speaker Rusty Sherwood, senior consultant, FMI Corporation, will discuss how to build strong leadership teams.