FAIR presentation at the leading trade fair for the building services sector
The new accelerator center FAIR, which is currently being built at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, is not only an extraordinary research project for the scientific community worldwide but also a major challenge for construction and technical building services equipment. The Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Jörg Blaurock, recently presented the project at ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for innovative technical building services equipment, in Frankfurt. Blaurock’s presentation was devoted to "FAIR — the Universe in the Laboratory" as a mega-project for the construction industry and the suppliers of technical building services equipment in the Rhine-Main area. In his presentation, Blaurock introduced the unique particle accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) at the trade fair’s Building Forum.
The Building Forum is part of the trade fair program. It is organized by the German Industrial Association for Building Services and Technical Installations (BTGA) in cooperation with the Association for Automation and Management of Homes and Buildings in the Federation of German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), the German Property Federation (ZIA), and Messe Frankfurt. The Building Forum is supplemented by the Real Estate Forum of the BTGA, which is held at ISH in a special area. The Building Forum showcases innovative solutions for the professional design and realization of buildings and real estate and for their energy-efficient operation. One of Blaurock’s key aims was to make the FAIR project better known in this market and the technical building services community. “A major part of the construction contracts for FAIR relate to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry as well as the electricity supply sector,” says Blaurock. “The trade fair provides us with a great platform on which to establish contacts with these sectors.”
In addition, the trade fair enables potential contractors to obtain information about the construction project and the possibilities of becoming involved in it. “FAIR doesn’t require standard equipment, but rather customized solutions that are cost-effective and efficient. Because this is quite a challenge, we cooperate closely with the overall planning team to divide the complex construction project into manageable packages,” says Blaurock. Karl-Walter Schuster, the official in charge of European issues at the German Industrial Association for Building Services and Technical Installations (BTGA) and President of the European umbrella organization for installers of technical building services equipment (GCP Europe), is also very interested in the development of the 20-hectare construction site of FAIR and GSI in Darmstadt. “The FAIR project is not only one of the most exciting projects for the scientific community but also for the technical building services equipment sector. That’s why the sector will be greatly interested in the construction measures,” he says.
ISH is held every two years in Frankfurt. It is the world’s biggest showcase for energy efficient heating, air-conditioning, and technical building services equipment, renewable energies and innovative bathroom design. At the fair, around 2,400 domestic and international exhibitors present their products and services on more than 250,000 square meters of exhibition space. The range of offers at ISH covers all aspects of future-oriented building solutions.