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BUILDEX Vancouver
February 26 & 27, 2025
Vancouver Convention Centre West

Sustainability Mandate

Prioritizing sustainability is critical to the BUILDEX team, and parent company Informa as we understand the environmental impact of the events industry. BUILDEX strives to identify, understand and address these impacts to achieve continual improvement year after year.

Not only are we committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way, but we also strive to go further and inspire the sustainable development of the industry we serve, and the community we foster. BUILDEX Vancouver is powered by renewable electricity, helping us in our journey towards Net Zero. 

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Our Progress

  • Forming a successful partnership with Habitat for Humanity to collect building material donations for reuse. Read more here.
  • Eliminating printed show guides from the event.
  • Removing aisle carpet from all annual BUILDEX events.
  • Tracking all wastage and energy use from our events.
  • Purchasing renewable energy to offset our carbon emissions for each BUILDEX event.
  • Reducing Products and "swag" ordered for the event.
  • At BUILDEX Vancouver 2023, we increased our diversion rate to 75%, 6% higher when compared with our 2022 event.


Here at BUILDEX we create short-term goals as well as larger long term goals looking towards the future. Over 80% of our attendees say it is important that our event is run in a sustainable way, and we agree.

Annually our team work together to create three substantial goals based around sustainability, community and diversity and inclusion.

This year, BUILDEX Vancouver will focus on three fundamental goals:

  1. Improve Waste Diversion
    Reduce single-use plastics through the use of refillable water stations located on both the show floor and session rooms. Please bring a refillable water bottle with you!

  2. Increase Representation
    Our goal is to guarantee a balance of different genders, races, ages, ethnicities, abilities and educational backgrounds across the conference speaker faculty.

  3. Create Greater Local Impact 
    Establish a new, impactful partnership to support wellbeing, equality, accessibility and respect for all through a local community organization in Vancouver.

Venue Support

  • Vancouver Convention Centre is a double LEED platinum certified facility.
  • Housing a six-acre living roof, featuring more than 400,000 indigenous plants and grasses, the VCC’s roof is designed to act as an insulator, reducing heat gains in the summer and heat losses in the winter.
  • Modern black water treatment plant recycles grey and black water that goes back into the building for washrooms use and rooftop irrigation during warmer weather.
  • A diversion of 75% of the total internal waste generated, this includes batteries, lighting ballasts, wood, organics, metal, glass, plastic and much more.

For more information on Vancouver Convention Centre sustainability initiatives click here.

BUILDEX Vancouver Sustainability Agenda

Please use the filter tool on the program to select "Sustainable, High Performance & Net Zero Buildings | Zero Waste | Energy Efficiency & Electrification" stream to see over 30 sustainability sessions happening at BUILDEX Vancouver 2024!



  1. Travel to BUILDEX using public transit or carpool.
  2. Bring a reusable water bottle to refill.
  3. While on-site please use the waste/recycling/composting bins correctly.
  4. Download the BUILDEX app as your guide for the event.
  5. Support our non for profit partner, Construction Foundation of BC.
  6. Attend the content based around sustainability.


  1. Reduce physical handouts including business cards, opt for a QR code. Claim your one complimentary lead retrieval device. 
  2. Reuse and recycle your booth and signage. Create signage without dates so it can be reused.
  3. Avoid materials such as foam, plastic, and chemicals or adhesives.
  4. Use energy efficient LED lights whenever possible to highlight areas and products within your booth, while keeping energy consumption minimal.'
  5. During Move-In/Move Out ensure you utilize the cardboard & hard/soft plastic recycling bins. If elements of your display cannot be recycled — consider donating re-usable material to companies like Habitat for Humanity.
  6. Complete the Exhibitor Sustainability Survey and be entered for a chance to win the Sustainable Booth Award!

FasterForward to Zero

FasterForward is Informa’s approach to sustainability, moving faster to become a zero waste and net zero carbon business.

A series of activities and commitments carried out between 2020-2025 will ensure our events become ever more sustainable, delivering a truly positive impact to the markets we serve. We will also actively help our partners, customers and wider markets to achieve the same.

Our FasterForward commitments include:

  • Become carbon neutral across our events by 2025
  • Halve the waste generated through our events by 2025
  • Embed sustainability inside 100% of our events by 2025

See the full list of commitments and find out more


For BUILDEX to remain relevant for the next generation of leaders, we must push diversity hard at every turn, changing established thinking. And giving access to opportunities where you can learn more about each other and topics that drive change is our goal. Everything we do goes towards creating the ultimate experience: making a safe, inclusive space for people to gather and celebrate together.