BAU 2015 is one of the biggest exhibitions in the world showcasing
materials, technologies and systems for the international building and
construction industry. Spread over an area of 180,000 square metres, the BAU
2015 trade show will take place from January 19 to 24, 2015 at the Messe
München exhibition centre.
The final segment of the five-part series on various sections of the BAU
2015 exhibition spotlights flooring, stone/cast stone and steel.
Flooring (Halls A5, A6)
The flooring section of the BAU 2015 exhibition will feature a broad
spectrum of new products in elastic and textile flooring, parquet and laminates
in addition to extensive information on mouldings, profiles, applications and
laying techniques. Manufacturers exhibiting in this section will be focussing
on sustainability and individual design options in their collections.
Ivo Schintz, Chairman of FEB – Fachverband der Hersteller
elastischer Bodenbeläge e.V., a trade association of manufacturers of elastic
flooring explains that consumers value a healthy environment at home as well as
the workplace, fitted with sustainably manufactured products. He adds that FEB
members are catering to this demand by providing the assurance of quality,
safety and design in their products. The increasing popularity of plasticisers
based on renewable raw materials; design flooring in commercial and residential
construction; decors with a photo-realistic design; sophisticated surface
structures with an interesting look and feel; and oak decor in all kinds of
variations are some of the visible signs of new trends.
Stone/Cast Stone (Hall A4)
Considered the oldest building material in the world, stone is both
sustainable and free of pollutants. Notwithstanding its age, stone continues to
fit in very well with modern requirements in terms of aesthetics, quality,
durability and cost-effectiveness. The rich variety of colours and the
diversity of surface finishes allow the use of stone in both indoor and outdoor
applications, as flooring or on facades. Light-coloured stone from granite to
limestone is in demand in shades of grey and yellow for garden and landscape
design, while classical white (marble) or black (gabbro, slate) stone is trending
in interiors. Structured surfaces (sandblasted, with or without brushing) are
especially popular. Relief-like structures produced by milling or high-pressure
water jets are also trending among customers.
Light-coloured limestone or sandstone in shades of white, beige or grey
is popular in facades. These materials are also being used in innovative ways, such
as the three-dimensional effect created on the facade of the E-Science-Lab in
Zurich by Baumschlager Eberle. Clad in a fine projecting structure of
horizontal balconies and vertical travertine panels, the building looks
different when viewed from different angles. This project won a Deutscher
Naturstein-Preis (German Natural Stone Award) in 2013. The association that
awards this prize every two years (Deutscher Naturwerkstein-Verband) will again
be putting on a joint presentation at BAU in 2015, along with its member
Steel/ Stainless Steel (Hall B2)
Steel and stainless steel play an important role in building
construction – this will be amply reflected in the different types of steel and
steel products to be showcased at the BAU 2015. The applications for these
materials range from urban infrastructure and bridges, earthquake- and
flood-protection, high-rises and intelligent facades to lightweight
construction in steel, industrial, commercial and residential building and the
design of urban spaces.
In Hall B2 at BAU 2015, planners, architects, engineers and processing
trades can update their knowledge and find out about new developments. One of
the exhibitors in this section B2/318 - bauforumstahl and its member companies
will be showcasing steel solutions and products, including fire protection and
corrosion protection through galvanising, all under the motto of ‘Efficiency
4.0: Designing the future with steel’.
Similar to previous editions, topical themes in the construction
industry will be explored in a Lecture Campus being organised in cooperation
with the Bayerische Architektenkammer, the Bayerische Ingenieurekammer-Bau, the
universities of Munich, the Institut Bauen und Umwelt (IBU), the association of
German engineers (VDI), and others. Themes listed for discussion include current
examples of architecture in steel, green buildings, practical advice for
building with steel and challenges presented by the new norms, to BIM, future
trends and training and careers in the industry.