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29 April 2008 PR 08/53

International Conference on Industrialised, Integrated, Intelligent Construction

Loughborough University will be hosting the first international conference on Industrialised, Integrated, Intelligent Construction (I3CON) from 14 – 16 May.

The conference will include presentations from the European Commission and keynote speeches from eminent speakers including: Dr David Clarke, CEO of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI); Professor Reijo Kohonen, CEO of Global EcoSolutions Ltd; and Dr Miguel Segarra, Coordinator of the I3CON project. The event will also feature paper presentations and workshops on the latest developments in I3CON.

The project, one of the main drivers of the conference, is aiming to create a European construction industry capable of building the ‘homes and offices of tomorrow’. The €17.5 million research project brings together 26 partners from 14 countries, including the University’s European Union Research Group (EURG), based in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering. Loughborough is the only UK university involved in the project.

I3CON will apply innovative construction and production technologies to enable the development of a sustainable and environmentally friendly construction industry that can deliver the ‘intelligent’ buildings of the future. These buildings will be flexible with adaptable spaces that are able to monitor their own environments, using less energy and producing less waste. Using state-of-the-art production technologies they will have services, such as electricity, communications and plumbing, already built into the structure, streamlining the entire construction process.

The conference has attracted a wide audience from more than 13 countries and will provide delegates with networking opportunities and the chance to develop ideas for further work related to the I3CON themes.

There is still chance to register for this exciting event. For further details on the conference, including the conference programme, details of workshops and to download a conference brochure and registration form visit: http://www.i3con.org/conference.htm

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  1. The conference is organised by the I3CON project and Loughborough University. It is supported by the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) and the ECTP (European Construction Technology Platform) focus area Processes and ICT. The workshops within the conference are organised in conjunction with the Adaptable Futures project, the TERMES project and the ECTP.
  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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