Light + Building 2024 – Shaping the Future of Smart and Sustainable Buildings

Light + Building 2024 illuminated Frankfurt am Main with a grand showcase of cutting-edge advancements in smart home automation, sustainable building technologies and lighting. The recently concluded event had industry leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts converged to explore the latest trends, innovations, and solutions driving the future of the built environment. 

Light + Building 2024 attracted a staggering 151,000 visitors from 146 countries, underscoring its global significance as the premier platform for showcasing advancements in building technology and lighting design. Industry luminaries, including Christian Kruppa, Global Product Manager at ABB Electrification Smart Buildings, and Wolfgang Marzin, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt, shared their perspectives on the pivotal role of innovation in driving sustainable building practices and enhancing the user experience in smart homes.

KNX Showcased Sustainable Solutions and KNX IoT Solutions.

KNX showcased sustainable solutions for Smart Homes and Buildings. They showcased the latest developments in KNX IoT products and solutions. The KNX booth featured 25 KNX members showcasing their innovations alongside more than 140 KNX Members with individual booths, emphasizing the versatility and effectiveness of KNX on a global scale. Under the theme of IoT, Energy Management & Security, KNX unveiled a range of working KNX IoT devices at its main booth. These devices embody the latest technological advancements, focusing on human-centric lighting, digital twin modeling, and indoor air quality improvement. Additionally, new energy management applications were highlighted, promoting sustainable energy practices within smart buildings.

Innovative Lighting Design

The event served as a beacon for lighting enthusiasts and design aficionados, offering insights into the latest trends in lighting design for 2024/25. Designer Annetta Palmisano from the bora.herke. Palmisano Style Agency presented captivating trends, while the Design Plaza showcased an array of high-quality lighting solutions designed to elevate indoor and outdoor spaces with sustainability and efficiency in mind.

The Designplus Awards by Light + Building

Eleven winners were honored with the prestigious Designplus Award. An independent jury consisting of industry experts Amandus Samsøe Sattler (ensømble studio architektur, President DGNB e.V.), Annika Egloff-Schoenen (Managing Director, Fachverlag Dr. H. Arnold GmbH), Katja Winkelmann (owner of Licht 01, Lighting Design), Ulrike Brandi (Managing Director Ulrike Brandi Licht), and Stylepark (magazine & platform for architecture and design) carefully evaluated the submissions in a two-stage selection process. Applicants had the opportunity to submit their innovative solutions in four categories: Light + Creation PLUS, Sustainability + Efficiency PLUS, Smart + Connectivity PLUS, and the newly introduced Sustainable Exhibition Stand category. Five winners were selected in this category, demonstrating outstanding achievements in the field of sustainable stand design.

The Design Plaza and Special Events

The Design Plaza was dedicated to lighting topics when the Lighting Association of the German Electro and Digital Industry Association (ZVEI) took the stage. This brought together lighting experts for roundtable discussions on the topics of sustainability, efficiency, and digitalization. For the first time, the IALD – International Association of Lighting Designers – was also present, providing high-quality content. Additionally, on International Women’s Day, the ‘Women in Lighting’ project celebrated its 5th Anniversary at Light + Building.

BMWK Areas with Newcomers and Special Exhibits

Entrepreneurial newcomers to the industry had a special place at Light + Building Autumn Edition. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) organized a joint stand in Hall 9.0 in the Electrical Engineering product area and in Hall 4.1 in the Technical Lighting product area. At the E-House of the electrical trades the focus was on the topics of ‘energy efficiency’, ‘sustainable energy supply’, and ‘smart health’, showcasing innovative integrated energy management systems.

Exhibitor Stage and Special Presentations

For the first time, there was a stage for specialist lectures and presentations by exhibitors and experts who took turns imparting know-how on selected topics from the built world. Additionally, the ‘BIM Cave’ allowed visitors to experience BIM live and discover the benefits of this digital planning method.

Conferences and Forums

The 12th International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Smart Communities (IEECB&SC’24) and the European ESCO Conference brought together all the key players in the field of commercial buildings and neighborhood planning.  

The ZVEI Technology Forum focused on the electrification and digitalization of the building sector, with experts exploring innovative solutions and changes to standards.

Light + Building 2024 was a remarkable event that showcased the latest innovations and advancements in smart and sustainable building technologies, lighting design, and industry trends. With prestigious awards, engaging discussions, and specialized exhibits, the event underscored its pivotal role in driving positive change and fostering collaboration within the built environment sector. Looking ahead, anticipation is high for the next edition in 2026, where industry stakeholders will once again converge to shape the future of smart and sustainable buildings worldwide.

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