Architects, builders, and engineers in Coimbatore will jointly bring to the city the sixth edition of BUILDMAT 2013, an exhibition of building materials, from February 7 to 10.

The event chairman O. Lakshmanan told The Hindu on Saturday that the expo would focus on sustainable development and energy conservation. With nearly 230 exhibitors and over 400 stalls, the exhibition would have new products, technologies, and seminars that highlight the opportunities for optimisation of available resources.

A two-day seminar would be organised for professionals in south India (structural engineers, architects and builders) on “Sustainable Development – Priorities for Construction Industry”. Three sessions on energy conservation in planning, materials, and construction would have national and international experts talking to the participants.

One of the new products that would be available at the fair would be insulated modular panels. A company that proposed to manufacture the panels in India would display it here. Use of pre-cast panels was also expected to increase tremendously in the coming days.

Energy monitoring kiosks for lighting and air-conditioning at home would be available to guide the public on the right kind of lighting and air-conditioning.

The exhibits would be categorised product-wise. Area would be earmarked for solar and energy conservation products.

Artisans would have a separate space to display handicrafts related to glass, metal, stone and pottery. This exhibition would be held at the CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for four days. The first two days (February 7 and 8) would be for business visitors and the entry fee would be Rs. 100 each. It would be open to the public on February 9 and 10 and the entry fee would be Rs. 20 each.

The Hindu Habitat is the media partner for the event.