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Themes & Events ISH

The top themes of ISH give you a concentrated overview of the latest trends and developments in your sector. Live and on-demand streams of the programme of events will round off your digital visit to ISH 2021.

Events ISH

ISH programme

The ISH complementary programme picks up on trends, such as developments in the sector, in a practical way and positively fosters the interaction of the experts amongst themselves. Special exhibitions, expert lectures, panel discussions, competitions and guided tours give the chance to gather information, hold discussions and make new contacts.

ISH digital will be rounded off by live streaming and a comprehensive on-demand offer of the complementary programme. Further information on the events of ISH 2021 will be available here shortly.

ISH digital 2021 Opening

High-ranking representatives from politics and business spoke about the social and economic significance of the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector and its themes during the opening of ISH digital 2021, the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC and water.

To the press release

ISH digital Pre-Event

The ISH digital Pre-Event took place on 17 March and offered a small preview of the numerous highlights of ISH digital and tips for your trade fair preparations. If you did not have the opportunity to watch it live, you can find the recording of the event here.

Capturing the voices of the industry

Christine Lemaitre

From experts for experts: They question one another, argue with one another, present to one another, talk shop and inspire. Specialists from very different areas of the HVAC and sanitation sector show their profile - on constantly new topics in the Building Technology Podcast. In the latest episode, Christine Lemaitre talks about sustainability in buildings.

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Technology and Energy Forum: the German heating industry is Green Deal ready

Under the heading ‘Green Deal ready, the Federation of the German Heating Industry (BDH) is organising the digital Technology and Energy Forum in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt. Patron of the event is Secretary of State Andreas Feicht of the German Ministry of Economics (BMWi). The Main Partner is the ‘Future Gas’ initiative, the Gold Partner is the Institute for Heat and Mobility (IWO). Additionally, 12 partner associations are making an active contribution to the Forum.

The focus of the special show is on the Green Deal of EU, the aim of which is to achieve a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 with CO2 emissions having been reduced by 55 percent in 2030 compared to 1990. The heating industry and its partners present strategies for achieving this ambitious climate target with regard to the building sector. In this connection, particular attention will be paid to solutions such as hybrid systems, heat pumps, fuel-cell heating, wood-burning central heating, hydrogen-ready condensing-boiler technology and digital energy-management systems. Additionally, the sources of energy relevant to the heating market – gas, oil, electricity and biomass – will play a leading role against the background of increasingly important green sources of energy, such as bio-methane, hydrogen, green fuels, green electricity and wood energy.

Forum visitors will find everything they need to know about the heating revolution presented concisely and in context. In addition to film contributions and live streams, the Technology and Energy Form offers a wealth of background material from the heating industry and the participating associations.

‘Pop up my Bathroom Magazine’: a full programme

Under the title Inside | Outside, the online magazine will spotlight not only the latest design trends but also important topics such as modernisation and hygiene.

As always, the ‘Pop up my Bathroom’ trend platform will be part of this year’s ISH. This time, however, in the form of an online magazine. Daily from 22 to 26 March, it will contribute to the event programme of ISH digital with a one-hour programme of information for exhibitors, trade visitors and journalists. Straight from the fair, the ‘Pop up my Bathroom Magazine’ will stream daily contributions on subjects of topical interest and bathroom-planning trends.

Especially set up for this purpose, the studio of ISH digital 2021 is the setting for ‘Pop up my Bathroom Magazine’ with a variety of guests and experts (host is VDS managing director Jens J. Wischmann) who will discuss a different theme every day. In addition to the three trend themes identified by ‘Pop up my Bathroom’ – ‘Green Bathroom’, ‘Living Bathroom’ and ‘Smart Bathroom’, the programme will also spotlight two core themes for the sanitation sector: hygiene and modernisation.

Day 1: Trend theme Green Bathroom – bathrooms are becoming greener

Day 2: Core theme Hygiene – the emphasis is on cleanliness

Day 3: Trend theme Smart Bathroom – smart doesn’t only mean more technology

Day 4: Core theme Bathroom Modernisation – the modernisation wave has begun

Day 5: Trend theme Living Bathroom – comfort in the bathroom

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In a variety of formats, e.g., lectures, expert round tables and panel discussions, the AIR CONDITIONING FORUM will tackle subjects of topical interest from the field of air-conditioning and ventilation technology. Particular attention will be paid to the use of ventilation technology with special emphasis being given to the circumstances of the pandemic. A presentation of the latest scientific findings will also be included. In cooperation with EVIA, the European Ventilation Industry Association, current developments relating to eco-design regulations will be delineated and discussed in two forums whereby the current situation with regard to ventilators is likely to be of particular interest. Experts from the European Commission will also take part in this event. From the various product segments, the Forum will spotlight air cleaners, room air-conditioners and smart home ventilation. The AIR CONDITIONING FORUM is organised by the Association of Air Conditioning and Ventilation in Building (FGK) in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt.

ISH Building Forum

As part of the programme of events of ISH 2021, this year’s Building Forum will take the form of online lectures, discussions and live broadcasts on a variety of topical issues from Messe Frankfurt’s Podcast Studio.

The ISH Building Forum events, which are being organised by the VDMA Building Control and Management Association for House + Building in cooperation with the Association of the German Building Services Industry (BTGA), will focus on the following subject areas at different times throughout the fair:

Mon., 22 March 2021, 16:30 – 17:30 hrs:
Digitalisation of the building industry: BIMeta

Tues., 23 March 2021, 16:30 – 17:30 hrs:
EU Renovation Wave
Federal funding for efficient buildings
Building Energy Law

Wed., 24 March 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 hrs:
The use of ventilation systems in the case of increased infection-protection requirements

Thurs., 25 March 2021, 16:30 – 17:30 hrs:
Building repurposing practice

Fri., 26 March 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 hrs:
IT security in building automation
Current status of work on VDI 3814

The talks will be given by practitioners for practitioners. The lectures on funding programmes and the legal situation in the construction sector will take place online and include the opportunity to ask questions via a chat function. Don’t miss this chance to obtain valuable, first-hand information from the Building Forum at ISH digital.