100+ TechnoBuild Sees a Record Number of Speakers

VIII Construction Forum and Expo 100+ TechnoBuild took place on October 5-7 in Yekaterinburg and featured a record number of speakers – more than 500 experts gave their speeches at 120 sessions. 20,000 viewers watched the event online.  This year's theme of 100+ TechnoBuild was Dialog of Regions. Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin and the Minister of Construction and Housing Irek Faizullin discussed the future of the construction industry with developers and regional authority representatives at the plenary session.

"Construction matters should definitely be the first thing to address in regions. Regions that pay attention to this are successful. (...) Yekaterinburg is a great host city for this event, as we're seeing many interesting projects there in terms of their price and quality" – said the Deputy Prime Minister. 

In his welcoming speech, Irek Faizullin noted the importance of holding communication between policy makers and those involved in the construction market, as this allows to set more precise construction goals.

"Since its inception, the forum has become an instrumental platform for communication, both Russian and international, in terms of developing the construction industry. We are seeing a lot of changes in shortening the investment and construction cycle. There are changes that speed up the construction process: some changes in legislation have been accepted, and there are new policies by the Government and Ministry of Construction in the pipeline. Ministry of Construction will analyze and put into work suggestions presented at the business program of the forum in order to achieve national goals and fulfill tasks set by the President and Prime Minister" – noted Irek Faizullin.

Vladimir Yakushev, Plenipotentiary Presidential Envoy to the Urals Federal District, added that the event has grown substantially.

"This forum is now relevant not only for the Urals region, but for the construction industry as a whole There is a wide range of topics discussed here. For instance, technical documentation that guides today's construction process of buildings has a lot of drawbacks to be resolved, which requires communication" – he noted. 

100+ TechnoBuild participants have discussed current and future trends in rule-making, design, pricing, green building, urban development model, and experience of global companies. Ministry of Construction of Russia and its subordinate bodies took active part in the process as well.

100+ TechnoBuild's expo was 30,000 square meters large. 225 companies showcase their materials and technology. For the first time ever, exhibitors occupied two pavilions of IEC Ekaterinburg-EXPO.  One of the most prominent parts of the expo was a space designed as a park with trees, a fountain, and playgrounds.

More than 50 agreements were signed between major companies and organizations in the industry.  

This year's 100+ TechnoBuild also hosted its first awards ceremony, its own "Oscars for engineers" – 100+ AWARDS. The grand prize winner of 100+ AWARDS was ZAO GORPROEKT for their Lakhta Center project (future headquarters of Gazprom) in Saint Petersburg. In total, there were 7 nominations, and 156 projects competed in them.

The forum also hosted Urban Skills 2021 – the first industry-wide WorldSkills-type competition in urban development – as well as XIII Ural Real Estate Forum, Ural MINING Forum and Expo, and the international expo URALEXPOSTONE.