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Energy 2018 sponsored by Total Gas and Power kicks off today, at Birmingham’s NEC until 11 October.

EksoWorks will be demonstrating its latest exoskeleton technology, helping to reduce injuries in the construction industry, where workers are five times more likely to report poor health. Visitors can experience working with weightless tools using the Ekso ZeroG or feel the benefits of the 5 – 15lb lift assist that the EksoVest provides through upper body elevation and support.

Bionic arms and weightless technology aren’t the only surreal reveals of the Energy 2018. Kinetech Design is revealing Royal Approval, a structure inspired by Japanese paper folding; Make:it_Brum is opening its student-design pavilion, inspired by Birmingham’s manufacturing heritage; and Passivhaus is launching its 2019 student competition.

Energy 2018 forms part of UK Construction Week (UKCW), 35,000 visitors are expected, taking advantage of more than 650 exhibitors, 10,000 products, 350 speakers, 300 hours of talks, 35 different CPD sessions and nine industry-specific shows.

Also taking place is the Role Model of the Year announcement, the BRE Academy free CPD sessions, single-use plastic crackdown with free top up water stations and live rockaoke at the Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux.

For the last chance to attend, tickets are still available from www.energyliveshow.co.uk and allow access to all nine UKCW shows: Build Show; Energy 2018; Timber Expo; Surface and Materials Show; Building Tech Live; HVAC 2018; Civils Expo; Plant and Machinery Live and Grand Designs Live.