CIBSE Build2Perform Live sees record attendance

Overall attendance to CIBSE Build2Perform Live more than doubled at the 2017 event with 1,400+ unique visitors, speakers and exhibitor flocking to London’s Olympia for the biggest showcase of products and services in the Building Services sector.

Organisers Step Place and CIBSE had a busy two days this year managing 180 speakers – who presented more than 70 hours of CPD content across seven theatres, which took place in London on November 21st & 22nd saw over 1,400 visitors and seminar attendees’

The breakdown of attendance

Type Day 1 Day 2 Total
Visitors* 561 486 1,047
Visitors** 54 39 93
Speakers 125 55 180
VIP/Press 8 4 12
Exhibitor registrations # 116 50 166
Re-visits   (185) (185)
Total Attendance: 864 634 1,498

*    Pre-registered visitors

** Attendees registering onsite

#    Exhibitor staff & guests

Re-visits – includes returning attendees from Day 1 on Day 2


Total attendance by type 

Type Total
Visitors Seminars** 924
Visitors 216
Speakers 180
VIP/Press 12
Exhibitor registrations # 166
Re-visits (185)
Total Attendance: 1,498


Number of Exhibitors:

  • 40 Exhibitors (32 in 2016)
  • 410m² (Total space 254m² in 2016)


Opening day

The event was opened on Day 1 by Peter Wong, CIBSE President followed by a session on What Skills do we need to improve building performance – other content included sessions on:

  • Lighting Spaces: User Wellbeing & Performance brought by the CIBSE Daylight Group and the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL)
  • Combined Heat and Power & District Heating brought by the CIBSE CHP and District Heating Group
  • How to engage better with clients (CIBSE Young Engineers network)
  • Natural Ventilation brought by the CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group
  • Improving Building Performance in the UK’s Existing Buildings brought by the CIBSE Heritage Group
  • How to reduce energy costs brought by the CIBSE Energy Performance Group
  • Wellbeing brought by the CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group
  • Designing out domestic overheating risk in challenging urban environments brought by the CIBSE Young Engineers Network (YEN)
  • Making Heritage buildings perform brought by the CIBSE Heritage Group
  • BIM & Digital Engineering Design presented by the CIBSE BIM & Digital Steering


New format

The excellent attendance at Build2Perform Live proved the appeal of the new format. With some 180 speakers leading five simultaneous seminar streams, combined with volunteer presentations, special interest group meetings and exhibitor stands for specialist suppliers, Build2Perform Live covered a lot of ground with the free-to-attend event clearly striking the right note with visitor numbers double those of the two day conference in 2016.


Second day content

On Day 2 Stephan Lisk, CIBSE President Elect opened proceedings followed by a session on Fellows Unwritten Rules of Building Services presented by CIBSE Fellows Network and CIBSE FM Group in advance of a packed programme that included:

  • Building Simulation for 21st century brought by the CIBSE Building Simulation Group
  • Air Quality: Improving Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality in the built environment
  • Review of domestic water system sizing brought by the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE)
  • Resilient Cities brought by the CIBSE Resilient Cities Group
  • Energy Performance in Buildings brought by the CIBSE Young Energy Performance Group
  • Update on energy and building regulations presented by the CIBSE Technical team and industry experts
  • Homes for the future brought by the CIBSE Homes for the future group
  • How facilities management supports building performance brought by CIBSE Facilities Management Group
  • BIM & Digital Engineering: Make brought by the BIM & Digital Steering Group
  • Building Services: technology Update
  • Energy metering best practice brought by the CIBSE Energy Performance Group

Steve Webb, Director for organiser Step Place Events comments; “we worked closely with a number of key organisations this year to attract as diverse an audience as possible. Over half the attendees are CIBSE members or linked to associated organisations, however it is important to engage with others who have an involvement in the management and maintenance of our buildings and building performance. Key to this was the support of organisations like BCIA, BESA, BPF, ECA, ICOM, IHEEM, and IOR who helped promote the event to their members and key groups.


Exhibitor CPD Presentations

While our exhibitors also presented 18 Exhibitor CPD presentations. The free-to-attend theatres on the exhibition floor had standing room only at many sessions attended by visitors responsible for running and maintaining many of the biggest buildings and estates in the UK and across the World. The Attendee Profile included those responsible for:

  • Key policy and other officials from Government; construction organisations; professional institutions and building services
  • Senior management across the building and building services supply and demand chains
  • Facilities managers, building services engineers and building/construction consultants
  • Clients: property developers, property companies, major property owning/using organisations – government, local Authority, health, commercial, industrial, hospitality and leisure, retail
  • Specialist and main contractors
  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Hands-on engineers and specifiers



Attendees, supporters and Exhibitors have been quick to praise the event; commenting:

@SchrederUK @CIBSE’s #Build2Perform event has been a huge success so far – big thank you to everyone for checking out our #LED luminaires with #lighting gurus Grant Feast and @mattbennffc

@PBC_Today The first day of the @CIBSE #Build2Perform event at London’s Olympia has proven a success, with the number of visitors exceeding the total number of delegates over the entire conference last year

@Colt_UK We spoke to a lot of visitors at @CIBSE #Build2Perform Live and received a brilliant response to our live product demos, especially our Firelight DUO RN with it’s now famous red button!

Jarryd @Jarryd_Collins Great to hear what the industry has to say, some thought provoking presentations creating great conversations at the @CIBSE #Build2Perform event.

Loic Jacob @lfmcjacob Interesting panel discussion at stage D #Build2Perform @CIBSE. Projects should focus on why we want to retrofit, not how to do it. Talk first,

engineer later.

@MonodraughtLtd  We had a great time at the #Build2perform event last week.  Thanks to everyone who came to the CPD session or visited the stand.

Andrew Fletcher‏ @carboncontrolaf Excellent 2 days spent at this year’s #CIBSE #Build2Perform. Great sessions, seeing old friends and networking. Chairing session on #Battery Technology was fascinating!

Zoe De Grussa @zdegrussa Fantastic closing discussion from @ArupGroup Arfon Davies & @Cundall_Global Andrew Bissell on the importance of real world data collection in combination with POE to drive innovation and education #Build2Perform

Hodkinson @Rhodcon Really interesting seminar by @CIBSE Homes for the Future Group yesterday at #Build2Perform

Susan Hone-Brookes‏ @brookes_hone Packed sessions at #Build2Perform @CIBSE Air Quality. Enjoyed chairing. Thanks to all the speakers. @the_MTC_org

@TopscanUK Retweeted Helen Taylor Great to be attending day two of the @CIBSE #Build2Perform event.  Fantastic opportunity to get a first-hand view of some of the most exciting work being done in the industry!

CIBSE Build2perform Live 2018 takes place on the 27th & 28th November at Olympia, London

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