Preparations for BAU, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems that will be held from April 17 to 22, 2023, are moving full speed ahead. The hub of industry interaction will open its doors in less than six months. So now is a good time to take a look at the latest registration figures, innovations and the focal topics of next year’s BAU. Matthias Strauss, the Exhibition Director of BAU, will now bring us up to date.
We are very optimistic about the trade fair that will open next April. At this point in the preparation schedule, we have already filled 95 percent of space in comparison to 2019. That amounts to more than 115,000 square meters of space, or 16 soccer fields. A total of 1,450 companies have already registered. This underscores the role of BAU as the construction industry’s leading meeting place. We are really happy about the way that our customers have accepted the new dates and are doing everything they can to be a part of the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. After a four-year interruption, it is about time to meet once gain in person in Munich and talk about trends and developments.
We are certainly continuing to refine the trade fair. Our goal is to attract new companies and visitors to BAU while enhancing our existing segments. This is why we will have two new exhibition areas at next April’s exhibition. The Innovation Hub in Hall B0 will focus on the topics of resources & recycling, urban mining, modular construction and innovative building processes. Our aim is to highlight the importance of climate-conscious and resource-conserving construction practices. As part of our focus on modular construction, we will set up a special village-like exhibition area in the atrium between Halls A and B. Exhibitors will use this space to showcase the features of architectural modular construction practices. A complementary joint booth will be set up in Hall A2. Companies still have time to register for the Innovation Hub and the topic of modular construction.
As we have done in the past, BAU will concentrate on topics that are shaping and moving the industry. These topics will serve as a common thread that runs through all aspects of the exhibition and the supporting program. Climate change presents a special challenge for the construction industry. Energy-efficient construction practices are one effective way to respond to it. The focal topic resources & recycling will address this issue as well. In addition to energy-efficient construction practices, reusable raw materials will play key roles in construction practices of the future.
Like all other industrial branches, the digital transformation is a major issue in the construction industry. We had good reason two years ago for creating digitalBAU, our own event that is devoted to this issue. Next year, visitors who come to BAU in April and to the digitalBAU conference & networking scheduled for July 4 to 6 will gain insights into digital solutions in the construction industry.
Current trends like rising energy costs and mobile working will also impact the way we live in the future. At BAU, companies will showcase solutions, and experts will discuss various aspects and challenges related to these developments.