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February 12, 2020

bautec 2020: Building, refurbishment, planning for the future

Smart City Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday – BAKA: Future Building Forum. Practical Aspects of Older Buildings – InnoMeeting for Fire Protection on 21 February – bautec Barcamp for networking – Tours of the fair focusing on specific topics


Digitalisation in the building sector, cost-efficient building and housing, modular and serial construction, climate protection and the energy transition, energy-efficient building and refurbishment of building stock, re-use and recycling, smart development of cities and districts, fire prevention – the topics that are of current concern to this sector, are once again part of a diverse supporting programme at bautec 2020.

The international trade fair for building and construction technology, which takes place from 18 to 21 February in Berlin, is a fascinating source of information and inspiration for the representatives of every kind of building trade. In addition to the bautec Congress on “URBAN LIVING | Positions and Perspectives” on 20 February, the Building Practice Centre, which is incorporated in the exhibition halls, presents a multi-faceted technical programme each day. Technical papers, panel discussions and practical examples – the various sectors of the construction industry will find topics of particular professional interest in the various Hall Forums: Building Practice Centre Sanitation-Heating-Air Con in Hall 1.2, Building Practice Centre Roofs + Timber in Hall 2.2, Building Practice Centre Building and Building Services Engineering in Hall 3.2, and the Forum GRÜNBAU BERLIN in Hall 2.2, the BAKA Forum Future Building.Practical Aspects of Older Buildings in Hall 3.2, the Forum up#BERLIN in Hall 4.2 and the Forum Career Centre bautec in Hall 5.2.


The complete supporting programme can be found online at


Smart City Forum for smart urban development

Shorter construction times for urgently needed living spaces, which should also take sustainability, participation and technology into consideration – the construction sector is facing increasingly complex demands. But what is the reality in practical terms? Over two days the Smart City Forum will bring experts together at the Building Practice Centre Building and Building Services Engineering in Hall 3.2. On the Tuesday at bautec (18.2.) the Smart City Forum will be bringing prominent stakeholders from Berlin to the stage, under the heading of “Digital – Collaborative – Sustainable”: With issues such as AI in building control systems, participation tools for planning or the intelligent utilisation of industrial waste – experts and professionals can expect a fascinating programme. On the following day, 19 February, the discussions by Smart City experts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland will deal with the impact of climate change on districts and buildings, with examples from Zurich, Lucerne and Linz.


On Tuesday and Wednesday the Smart City Forum will be augmented by conducted tours of the fair. Selected exhibitors will be presenting trend-setting ideas, research findings and developments on the subject of “Innovations in Building”. The tours will focus on subjects such as digitalisation in building, sustainable building and energy efficiency. Participation is free of charge. Register at


Forum Future Building.Practical Aspects of Older Buildings in Hall 3.2

At the four-day BAKA Forum Future Building.Practical Aspects of Older Buildings in Hall 3.2 the National Association for the Renovation of Older Buildings (BAKA) is presenting a diverse programme with contributions by leading figures in this field. The fascinating combination of papers, discussions, symposiums and colloquiums focuses on important issues involving innovation, training and efficiency.

Main topics include serial construction in existing building stock, sustainable solutions for the not so distant future, districts with a future and the interaction between the skilled trades and innovation. A particular emphasis is being placed on ways of dealing with climate protection.

At 1 p.m. on the Friday at bautec, 21 February, the winners of the second bautec.INNOVATION Awards will be presented with the bautec.BEAR at the BAKA Forum. The complete programme and details about the speakers can be found online here.


InnoMeeting for Fire Prevention on 21 February

On the subject of fire prevention, where are the stumbling blocks? What technical solutions are available? Is fire prevention a decisive criterion for existing building stock? Current questions and suggested practical solutions will be presented and discussed at the “InnoMeeting Fire Prevention” on 21 February at bautec. Acting jointly with Messe Berlin, the initiators Eckhard Steinicke, general manager of Steinicke Handelsgesellschaft für luft- u. brandschutztechnische Bauelemente mbH, and Dirk Borrmann, head of the Electrical and Building Services Engineering Division of TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service GmbH, extend an invitation to attend a forum examining the situation regarding applied fire prevention systems. The venue will be the Building Practice Centre –Sanitation-Heating-AirCon in Hall 1.2. Ingeborg Esser, chief executive of GdW, the National Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies, will open the InnoMeeting Fire Prevention with a keynote speech on ”How much fire prevention can the housing industry take?”. New developments and products in the field of fire prevention will also be on display throughout the fair on Stand 1213 in Hall 1.2.


A group of subjects at the Wood in Construction Physics Day on 18 February also deals fire prevention. Here the emphasis is on fire prevention for timber facades and stairwells made of wood.


bautec Barcamp for networking

How can social media be used to assist in the search for skilled personnel? What are the implications of BIM for the building trades? And can drones, tablets and apps really reduce working times and costs? Throughout the morning digital trailblazers and interested technology enthusiasts from the construction industry will be talking about BIM and the digitalisation of building work. The principle of the Barcamp is that neither the topics nor the speakers will be chosen in advance. Each participant contributes with their own topics, experience and knowledge, discussing them on equal terms with the others. The main emphasis is on networking that encompasses all the skilled trades. You can register at

21 February | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Building Practice Centre Roofs + Timber, Hall 2.2


Conducted tours to examine specific topics

Completing the varied supporting programme will be conducted tours of the exhibition to examine specific topics. There is something for everyone, depending on particular interests. The Architects‘ Run on Tuesday and Wednesday is intended particularly for architects and planners, while on Wednesday and Thursday the trade publication Modernisierungs-Magazin will take representatives of the housing and real estate sector to selected exhibitors. On Tuesday and Wednesday there will be tours on the topic of “Innovations in Building”. Each day at the fair the publishing company Bauverlag extends an invitation to join tours on the theme of “Innovation – Training – Efficiency”.  


Full details of the tours and how to register early can be found at


You can obtain accreditation online for bautec 2020 at


Information on the programme of events at bautec 2020 can be found online at

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About bautec

The International Trade Fair for Building and Construction Technology is organised by Messe Berlin and takes place every two years. Among bautec’s unique selling points is its comprehensive approach towards buildings, from the basement to the roof, as well as the infrastructure. The programme of bautec is rounded off by GRÜNBAU BERLIN and up#Berlin.