The world’s largest event for sustainable design and construction is returning to the UK for a seventh year.
The Ecobuild 2012 Expo will take place at London’s ExCel from Tuesday 20th March to Thursday 22nd March and will showcase the largest selection of sustainable construction products in the world. Over 1,500 suppliers will exhibit at the event, with leading names such as BASF Construction Chemicals, Saint-Gobain, Kingspan and Worcester Bosch in attendance.
There will be an expansive seminar and conference programme running throughout the three day event, as well as a number of additional special interest features and attractions. In addition, the world’s largest green building will also be exhibited.
During the course of the event, Ecobuild’s seminar programme will conduct over 130 sessions covering such hot topics as Energy & Innovation in Buildings, Future Energy and Sustainable by Design.
A session on the 2012 Olympics will also be part of the programme and will be hosted by the Construction Products Association and BRE. This session will focus on the lessons that have been learnt from the delivery of the Olympic Park and how they can be put to use in other developments. The Olympics lasting legacy will also be discussed, including how it will increase the UK’s reputation for sustainable design and construction.
Highlights of Ecobuild 2012 Expo include a three-day, three-stream conference sponsored by the UK Green Building Council, with commentary from the likes of Janet Street Porter, Greg Dyke and Sir John Beddington. The riveting Renewable Heat Focus will showcase the latest working models for solar thermal energy, biomass and heat pumps alongside daily talks on how to benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
On the exhibition floor, Renew will provide practical advice on achieving an air-tight, highly insulated and energy efficient building, with demonstrations focusing on how to upgrade cavity walls and insulate internal walls, lofts and floors. One of the UK’s leading testing bodies, Chiltern Dynamics will also be on hand to promote the impact changes that Approved Document L (ADL) has had on air tightness requirements for all new buildings.
In addition, Chiltern Dynamics will discuss additional services including pre-completion sound testing, thermal modelling and energy assessments, including SAP, BREAM, EPC, SBEM and Code for Sustainable Homes.
The Ecobuild event will also have a Solar Hub in order to demonstrate how the installation of PV can still offer attractive rates of return via the UK Feed-in Tariff, despite adjustments to the Government’s incentive scheme. Here visitors will receive practical guidance on how to choose the most appropriate system for the best results, whilst learning how to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate rising energy costs and maximise return on investment.
Additional highlights include demonstrations for cob wall building, carpentry techniques and straw bale construction. Experts will also be on hand at the event to conduct daily talks, provide one-to-one advice and demonstrate the latest technology in action.