B oth of the events organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Coun cil HKTDC present a wide range of products On display are construction materials and hardware as well as materials and services for environmental protection ecological sustainability recycling and ener gy conservation In addition to professionals the general public can inform itself on one day about new products and developments in the booming industry The market re search firm BMI Research predicts an annual growth rate of 3 2 percent for the global con struction industry until 2024 More than 40 percent of that growth will be generated by Asia In 2014 Hong Kong s building materials exports already climbed to more than 18 1 billion US dollars with nearly two thirds go ing to mainland China In addition ten ma jor infrastructure projects in Hong Kong itself have stimulated demand These include the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge and the Guangzhou Shenzhen Hong Kong Express Rail Link as well as 480 000 new housing units One of today s hot topics in construction is Building Information Modelling BIM It employs digital technologies for the optimi sation of project management and the reali sation of construction projects A special Building Performance and BIM Zone has been introduced at the Building and Hard ware Fair 2014 just for this Other thematic zones are devoted to green materials con struction and decoration materials ceiling and wall materials ceramic natural stone and marble Coatings and chemicals interior decorations kitchen and bathroom fixtures building maintenance testing and certifica tion are also covered Last year the HKTDC extended the Building and Hardware Fair The extra day provides exhibitors with an op portunity to introduce their products to end consumers They can also find at the Ideal Home Mart a wide range of materials for the decoration and renovation of their homes The concurrent Eco Expo Asia is organ ised by the HKTDC together with Messe Frankfurt and the Hong Kong Environmental Bureau Hong Kong too wants to be more environ mentally friendly and sus tainable The city aims to produce 40 percent less waste by 2022 To this end the government has devel oped a comprehensive con cept It involves both boost ing waste collection and waste separation Private companies in addition are to set up an infrastructure for the reprocessing of waste Topics at Eco Expo Asia range from air pollution con trol to wastewater treatment and waste recycling and ex tend to protection of the oceans The exhibition will be accompanied by the Eco Asia Conference It will con vene representatives from in dustry institutional organisa tions and government agen cies Both trade fairs Build ing and Hardware Fair and Eco Expo Asia will be held at AsiaWorld Expo They will be thematically complemented by the con current World of Outdoor Lighting Lighting Accessories show This exhibition in turn overlaps with the Lighting Fair autumn at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre www hktdc com PB 74 TradeFairs Internation al 5 2015 INTERNATIONAL HONG KONG The billion strong markets of building and ecology From 28 to 31 October two Hong Kong exhibitions will both celebrate their tenth edition The International Building and Hard ware Fair and the Eco Expo Asia supplement each other well Ph ot o H KT D C In in der Metropole Hongkong wird ökologisch und energieeffizient gebaut Hong Kong s building sector focuses on ecological and energy efficient construction

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