Ecobuild is bigger and better…and it’s here to stay

Arriving at London’s ExCel convention centre, I was overwhelmed with the magnitude of this year’s event.  I was aware of the move from Earls Court, but nothing prepared me for the sheer quantity of visitors and exhibitors attending this year’s show.

Ecobuild is about raising awareness of the importance of sustainable design and construction, and accelerating the pace of the journey towards a low carbon environment, and it delivered on all areas.

The highlight of the show for me was the futuristic ‘Cool Workspace’ stand, (See right hand picture with me standing beneath what looks like a giant jelly fish) demonstrating how we can expect working environments to evolve in the future.  The whole area was constructed using phase change wall panels and ceilings, and featured heat recovery ventilation systems, smart meters, occupancy detecting lighting controls and energy usage monitoring systems.  How clever!

Urban environments were also interesting, with examples of how buildings in the future will be covered in green plants – including ideas for mobilising the community to creating vertical gardens, growing food and trees for SUDs and biofiltration.

Ecobuild Installer was a dedicated section designed to help installers take advantage of the growing  demand for micro renewable technologies, boosted by the Feed-in Tariff introduced in 2010, and the renewable heat Incentive which will be launched later this year.

The industry may still only be in its infancy, but judging from the success of last week’s event, its set to stay, and there’s plenty more to come.

I can’t wait to get more involved.

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