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10.11.2016 ISH 2017: varied complementary programme picks up on the sector's trending issues

Trend Shows, competitions, lecture forums, thematic guided tours and new product ranges for trade visitors

ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for the bathroom experience, building services, energy, air-conditioning technology and renewable energies in Frankfurt am Main, is the top international event for the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning sector in 2017. Along with the exhibitors' product innovations, it offers a wide and varied complementary programme, dealing with all the current developments in the sector. Specialist lectures with examples of best practice, dedicated displays, panel discussions, competitions and guided tours offer visitors the opportunity to get information, discuss the issues and make new contacts.

Key issue for ISH Energy: 'Energy revolution with a future – we have the solutions'

The Association of the German Heating Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Heizungsindustrie - BDH) and Messe Frankfurt will be presenting the Technology and Energy Forum in Galleria 1 between Halls 8 and 9. With the title 'We have the solutions' everything here is about modern, high-efficiency heating technology that is 'made in Germany'. A joint venture with eleven professional associations from the energy business and industry, the forum covers all the current issues in the heating market. As well as dealing with all the available modern heating systems, the forum will also consider the various sources of energy in the heating market and the current political conditions. At the same time, the forum will be taking a look into the future. What role will digitalisation play in heating engineering? What technologies can be used to achieve the sectoral integration that politicians want, i.e. dovetailing the electricity market and the heating market? Which sources of energy will dominate the heating market in the future? And what role will new technologies such as fuel cell heating play? The Technology and Energy Forum provides answers to these and to many other questions. The multi-media exhibition furnishes extensive information on all the topics mentioned here and experts from the professional associations and industry will report on these issues in the lecture forum which will be held every day.

The Building Forum in Hall 10.3 will showcase innovative solutions for the professional design and realisation of buildings and real estate and for their energy-efficient operation. Presentations by the building automation industry will focus on analytical tools for developing control strategies for building services installations. Companies involved in design and realisation will showcase holistic intelligent building services concepts. Joint organisers are the German Industrial Association for Building Services and Technical Installations (Bundesindustrieverband Technische Gebäudeausrüstung e.V. - BTGA), the German Professional Association for Automation + Management in Homes + Buildings, part of the Federation of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers (Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbau – VDMA), the German Property Federation (Zentrale Immobilien Ausschuss e.V. - ZIA) and Messe Frankfurt. The lecture area in the Hall is aimed at building management specialists, industry representatives, property developers, architects and planners.

This is already the third time that the Real Estate Forum of the BTGA is being held, organised jointly by the BTGA and Messe Frankfurt. It is intended to foster dialogue between the real-estate business, technical building services and installations engineers. Companies involved with technical installations and plant construction will be presenting integrative solutions for ensuring high levels of energy efficiency, whilst at the same time retaining with the best possible interior environment within the building. The highlight of the Real Estate Forum is to be a presentation on Building Information Modelling, with, at its centre, the platform 'BIM within reach'. The entire forum will be accompanied by a programme of lectures on current themes in building services and technical installations.

The Stove Forum in Hall 9.2 addresses current issues in the sector such as, for instance, energy policy, the potential of wood as a heating fuel, as well as technical developments and trends. The Stove Forum is organised by the German Tiled Stove Working Group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Kachelofenwirtschaft – AdK), the Industrial Association for Heating and Kitchen Technology (Industrieverband Haus-, Heiz- und Küchentechnik – HKI) and the German Central Association of Sanitation, Heating and Air-Conditioning (Zentralverband Sanitär Heizung Klima – ZVSHK), in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt.

With the slogan 'Wir für Euch' ('We for you'), the ZVSHK will be presenting its exclusive portfolio of services for association members in the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning trades in Germany. The ZVSHK stand in Hall 8.0 is a rendezvous point for all trade visitors who are involved with energy-efficient heating and bathrooms suitable for older age groups (energy and demography). The special display also serves as the starting point for thematic guided tours on the most important new products and innovations relating to water, heating and ventilation.

ISH Water - key issue: 'Bathrooms for people'

In the Trend Forum, 'Pop up my Bathroom', organised by the Association of the German Sanitation Industry (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft - VDS) displays various models for planning individual bathrooms. Bathrooms, today, are as individual as the people who plan them, both in terms of their functionality and their aesthetic. This is a demonstration of how, with the help of the specialist trades, bathroom planners and the industry, each user can create their own bathroom to suit themselves. Thus, on the one hand, there are solutions for all possible built-in bathrooms, in all conceivable versions and variations, as well as individually adaptable systems for bathroom furniture and equipment. On the other hand, individual notions can be realised using the bits and bytes of taps and fittings, lighting and sound systems. An integral part of the Trend Show is the lecture series entitled:
Pop up my Bathroom Atelier. It serves as a central rendezvous point for communication with others. Visitors are provided with masses of inspiration and suggestions through informative talks and fascinating discussion groups. The Trend Forum is to be held for the first time in the Saal Europa in Hall 4.0.

New special show for the installation trade: Bathroom Workshop – We present the future!

The special show 'Bathroom Workshop – We present the future!’, organised by VDS, in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt, is a new attraction aimed particularly at the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning trades. The future of bathroom installation and the advantages of pre-fabrication are presented here in a clearly accessible way, with an emphasis on practical issues. In each case, a complete bathroom (10 square metres) is to be built from pre-fabricated installation systems, including cladding with tiles and the installation of surface-mounted products. The focus of this promotional area is on process-oriented solutions. Here visitors can find out, for instance, how the build-up of a backlog of work can be avoided and a lack of qualified staff can, to a certain extent, be offset, through the use of intelligent pre-fabrication. Valuable additions, too, are the audio guide for smartphone, which will provide more in-depth information, and the opportunity to book relevant seminars via the website of the VDS.

The 'Valuable Water' forum is devoted to current themes relating to drinking water hygiene and the safety of heating systems. At the stand of the Federal German Swimming Pool and Wellness Association (Bundesverband Schwimmbad und Wellness - bsw) in Hall 5.1, visitors will be welcomed in a lecture area with an integral lounge.

In conjunction with the University of Art and Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung) in Offenbach am Main, the German Central Association of Sanitation, Heating and Air-Conditioning (Zentralverband Sanitär, Heizung, Klima – ZVSHK)  have developed the 'Bathroom 4.0' project in the light of digitalisation in the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning industry. Their presentation will be given for the first time at ISH. With the help of 3D glasses, trade visitors to the show will be able to get an idea - in virtual reality - of the students' newly developed concepts. The presentation will be given as a cooperative venture with the Association of the German Sanitation Industry (VDS) in the Water Lounge. Sponsoring partners of the project are manufacturers Geberit, Hansa, Oventrop and Pall.

Aircontec – air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation

The Air-Conditioning Forum will take place in the North Foyer of Hall 11.1 as a complementary addition to the innovations of exhibitors in the field of air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation. This new information and communication platform has been devised by the Building Climate Trade Association (Fachverband Gebäude Klima e.V. - FGK) in conjunction with Messe Frankfurt. In short stimulus talks, to be followed by subsequent panel discussions, a number of high-calibre speakers will pick up on current issues and burning questions in the field of air-conditioning and ventilation engineering. Planned questions to be dealt with will include: “15 months of the ErP Directive and market surveillance - what is people's experience so far?” And: “In which direction will domestic ventilation develop, in the face of what is, now, an extremely broad range of products?”

In cooperation with Messe Frankfurt, the Association of German Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Companies (Verband Deutscher Kälte-Klima-Fachbetriebe e.V. – VDKF), will be organising the 'IKK Building Forum' in Hall 10.2. Here, specialist businesses will be promoting future-proof system solutions for planners, engineers and architects, as well as for innovative tradespeople and facility managers. The exhibition will be complemented by a number of lectures by experts in the field, held in the neighbouring lecture forum.

Competitions and awards

The competition 'Design Plus powered by ISH' rewards outstanding products and solutions offered by exhibiting companies. The award, which is presented by Messe Frankfurt, in cooperation with the German Design Council, stands for future-proof products, which demonstrate an optimum combination of sustainability, aesthetic appeal and functionality. Design Plus is one of the most prestigious and well-known awards in Germany. The award-winning solutions will be on show for the entire duration of ISH in a dedicated display area in the Foyer of Hall 4.2. This is also where the award ceremony will take place on the first day of the show.

For the third time, the German Central Association of Sanitation, Heating and Air-Conditioning (ZVSHK) will be presenting its product award 'Bathroom comfort for generations' at ISH. The competition is aimed both at manufacturers and at wholesalers in the plumbing and sanitation sector. Products submitted for the award must conform to the concept of 'Design for All', both in terms of planning and design. The ZVSHK have again been fortunate in acquiring the support of the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Barbara Hendricks, as patron. The product award for the plumbing and sanitation trade will be presented at the ZVSHK Stand in Hall 8.0 on 16 March.

Once again, the 'Ofenflamme' Design Award for Tiled Stoves will be presented at ISH. The award is a joint project of the German Central Association of Sanitation, Heating and Air-Conditioning (ZVSHK) and the magazine 'Kamine & Kachelöfen' (Fireplaces and Tiled Stoves), with the support of Veuko. It rewards stoves hand-crafted on site that owe their appeal to particularly individual design.

ISH 2017 is also the venue for the eighteenth Innovation Award for Architecture and Technology. This award underlines the importance of architectural features in the design of sanitation and integrated building services technology. Amongst the many building products on offer in the market place, the awards will single out those which are particularly successful in meeting architectural requirements. The projects submitted for the competition will be presented in detail in a special exhibition for the duration of ISH. The award ceremony will take place on 14 March 2017 in the special exhibition area itself.

Guided tours for architects, planners, engineers and, for the first time, specifically for the skilled trades

Free guided tours offer an excellent opportunity to find one's way around the products on display and to enter into conversation with colleagues in one's own field. For the first time, there will be thematic tours specifically aimed at visitors in the skilled installation trades. The Gentner Verlag publishing house is offering several guided tours every day on subjects such as sanitation and plumbing (both surface mounted and concealed), ventilation, air-conditioning & refrigeration, as well as heat generation and distribution. In addition, there will again be guided tours of the show for architects and planners (both in German and English), as well as for builders, operators, representatives of local and municipal authorities, including the staff of building and planning departments. Organisations and companies offering guided tours include, amongst others, World Architects, the Bauverlag publishing house and Heinze GmbH, as well as the German Society for Economic Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit mbH). Dates and times, together with the opportunity to register and further information on the guided tours, will be available in the run up to ISH at: under the heading 'Events'.

Fostering young talent: an issue for the whole sector

There are a number of interesting things on offer, specifically with the new generation in mind. Thus, for instance, interested parties can get information about various training and professional development opportunities in the dedicated area 'Meetingpoint Future'. The centrepiece is the Job Exchange, where exhibitors can publish vacant positions for young people and skilled tradespeople. Moreover, the 'BMWi-Area: Innovation made in Germany' will be there again, offering young start-ups a platform on which to promote their innovative products. The area is sponsored jointly by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).  On the 'Job Day', visitors will have an opportunity to talk directly and in person to staff from the human resources departments of the respective companies at their stands. Information about which companies will be participating will be published shortly before ISH 2017. Moreover, admission to the trade fair is free of charge for trainees and students.

Information about the ISH complementary programme is available at: under the heading 'Events'.

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €648 million in sales and employing 2,244 people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 30 subsidiaries and 55 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in 175 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at approx. 50 locations around the globe. In 2015, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 133 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.
Further information on the company can be found at

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