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.

This five-part series will explore individual sections at the show. Part 1 covers aluminium, gates and parking systems, and IT for the building industry (BAU IT).

Aluminium (Halls B1, C1)

Qualities such as durability, corrosion resistance, stability and recyclability make aluminium an attractive material choice for shading components and window profiles. Slim profile widths increase the proportion of glazing, but without reducing energy efficiency. Aluminium profiles also offer design scope beyond conventional powder-coating, such as anodising and self-cleaning surfaces.

In addition to new product ideas in aluminium profiles and facades, the manufacturers exhibiting at BAU 2015 will be presenting extensive information on solar-shading and energy-generating systems.

^Northern Europe´s largest and most modern aquarium 'The Blue Planet Aquarium', will have it's highly insulated aluminum frame analysed at Bau.  Image:  Adam Mørk, Copenhagen, DK.

Gate/parking systems (Halls B3, C3)

Automatic doors and gates are becoming ever more popular in an ever wider range of buildings from industrial and retail to sports and medical facilities. More and more homeowners, too, are starting to enjoy the benefits provided by these electronic systems. Electronics is helping to make access systems simpler and more cost-effective, and security aspects such as alarm signals, central locking and status reports on open windows, for example, are also very persuasive arguments.

Operation is via radio signals, transponder, chip card or biometric data, but the trend is increasingly towards the use of smartphones and Bluetooth. Already 60 to 70 percent of new-fit roller shutters, awnings and gates are electronically operated. New developments are also taking place in interior doors, locks and fittings. In a trade forum on doors and gates, the German industrial association for gates, doors and frames, ttz (Industrieverband Tore Türen Zargen) and the European Door and Shutter Federation (E.D.S.F.) will be exploring the themes of fire and smoke protection, the product standard for gates and supporting standards, safety and operator responsibility, energy, comfort and universal design.

In addition to information about drive technology for gates and doors, the manufacturers exhibiting at BAU will be presenting a broad spectrum of gate and parking systems, new developments in doors, gates, frames and accessories, and extensive information on building automation and building management systems.

BAU IT (Hall C3)

Europe’s biggest showcase for software for the building and construction industry, BAU in 2015 will host many exhibitors showcasing new developments in trend themes such as building information modelling and mobile solutions, software tools for design planning, and a broad spectrum of IT solutions in the areas of measurement technology, tenders, awarding of contracts, billing, project planning and project management. The German association of building software (Bundesverband Bausoftware) is organising a large joint stand of its members at BAU 2015.

BAU 2015 will again host the competition ‘Built on IT – Building the Future’ to recognise IT solutions that optimise the process of building, such as computing tools, simulations and animations to blogs, websites and training platforms. The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

View 'the future of building' according to BauMuenchen 2015 Below: