‘Nanotechnology and bionics – High tech in the building industry’ is the title of a series of events being organised by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology and taking place at BAU 2011. The idea behind it is to present the high-tech capabilities and innovations strength of the building sector by highlighting examples of advanced technology from building research and practice.
The building industry is a sector with tremendous innovations potential. Yet the route each building innovation has to take from initial concept through to implementation on the building site is long and particularly ‘stony’, not least because of the special requirements regarding the safety and durability of building products and processes. At the same time, the image of the building industry does not properly reflect the performance capability and innovations strength that there is in this industry. Many highly interesting and promising new technological developments for the field of building and construction simply do not attract the public attention they deserve. Sometimes also they are too little known even within the industry. Cross-sectoral technologies such as nanotechnology and bionics, however, can be embraced successfully by building and construction to develop ‘real building innovations’, which open up brand new prospects for the industry.
The series of events being organised by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology is divided into three parts: a congress on 18 January 2011, four trade forums on 18 and 19 January and an accompanying exhibition in the foyer of the International Congress Centre Munich (ICM). Taking part in the events is free for all visitors to BAU 2011.
The event kicks off with a congress in the ICM. Here recognised experts on nanotechnology and bionics and from building research will be presenting their findings and talking about these exciting fields to the participants. They will be pointing out possible applications for both these cross-sectoral technologies in the building industry. In the four trade forums that follow on from the congress, attention will turn towards experience with specific applications. Many research groups and companies have agreed to present their results and innovative products in a concise, easy-to-understand way. Also highlighted will be how these new technologies can help in efforts to protect the climate and use energy and resources efficiently. Aspects such as safety for man and the environment when using nanomaterials and the difficulties of introducing innovative products onto the market will also be discussed in the lectures.
The accompanying exhibition entitled ‘Nanotechnology and bionics – New building made easy’ is being put on in the foyer of the ICM. Here it is accessible not only to trade visitors from BAU 2011, but also to local people and their families and to school classes from the region who are being invited to visit.