EMECA regularly conducts studies in relation to the Members' activities and priorities.


Operating exhibition venues with outside and inside space requires exact handling of energy in order to achieve an optimal climate for different types of trade fairs under different weather conditions. Further to the general aim of operating exhibition venues in a responsible and ressource-efficient way, the energetic performance of an exhibition venue may have a significant influence on the economic performance of the exhibition venue operators. Emeca Members continuously invest important sums into their infrastructure to offer highest quality venues to their customers.

With the aim to obtain general recommendations as to construction, refurbishment and operation, EMECA conducted a study on the Energy Efficiency of exemplary exhibition halls at their Members' venues. The initiative measured the properties and energy consumption of representative fair and exhibition venues in Europe. The main focus was the relationship between construction materials and facade techniques and the energy consumption for space heating and cooling. The exhibition centres selected for the study include the newer facilities in Milan (2005) and Stuttgart (2007) and the older exhibition centres in Madrid (1991) and Utrecht (1916). The background to the study is the complex building structure of the European exhibition centres, which according to an initial survey of the 18 EMECA members offered considerable development potential in terms of energy savings.

The idea of the study was developed by the EMECA Technical Working Group set up under the direction of Veronafiere in 2009. It was conducted by the Polytechnic University of Milan.



In view of the “European Year of Equal Opportunities for All” in 2007, EMECA commissioned an infrastructure study on accessibility at big European exhibition venues. The study was prepared by the Technical University of Milan and the University of Brescia, renowned in engineering, urban planning, architecture and design.
It sheds light on the following research goals:

  • Guaranteeing access to vulnerable users, thereby improving accessibility for all users

  • Pursuing and enhancing the autonomy of individual users in visiting trade fairs

  • Improving visitors’ reception, comfort and safety

  • Enhancing the continuity in the connection between the trade fair’s collective space and the public spaces in the urban fabric

  • Allowing for good access to fairs from urban public and international transport systems

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