Joanna Lumley, Ecobuild 2013
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Ecobuild 2013 attracted 45,000 visitors from 120 countries around the world. Our partners offered a huge choice of events outside the official programme, here you can take a look at some of the most memorable highlights!
UK-Green Building Council
The UK-GBC Village and Big Tent returned to Ecobuild in 2013. UK-GBC's programme of activities included:
- Pinpoint: UK-GBC launched Pinpoint, a new online resource providing better sustainability guidance for the built environment sector
- The Big Tent: UK-GBC partnered with the Green Construction Board and UKTI to deliver 20 sessions in the Big Tent. Firm UK-GBC favourites from previous years included Dragon's Den, Green Superhero or Villain and Room 101 also returned
Visitors to the RIBA village found a variety of activities including:
- RIBA CPD: providing essential CPD information for the construction industry
- RIBA Product Selector: essential source of building product information
- RIBA Membership: representatives were on hand to answer member queries
- RIBA Appointments were available to advise organisations looking to recruit
- RIBA Bookshops were bigger and better than ever before, with a range of books specially selected for Ecobuild visitors
- RIBA Insight were available to advise manufacturers of construction products how to improve their chances of being specified; construction information experts NBS were demonstrating how their information and tools supported the design team across the project timeline
RIBA Journal, the magazine of the Royal Institute of British Architects, were also in attendance
Among the new and exciting events that are always a feature at Ecobuild were the BRE Bites, a series of short presentations on a range of topics that were provided daily on stand N2040. Bite topics included:
- BRE and BIM
- Driving Sustainable Refurbishment
- SmartWaste - legislation update
- National Solar Centre
In addition BRE were also hosting the prestigious BREEAM Awards in The Platinum Suite on Tuesday 5th March, 17.00-18.00, celebrating the highest scoring BREEAM projects each year.
TRADA planned a busy seminar programme at Ecobuild 2013, where its experts provided an insight into a wide range of timber-related subjects.
Taking place on TRADA’s stand (S1040), the seminars were given by TRADA Technology’s Technical Consultants on current topics of interest to the industry.
TRADA Timber Tours
Guided tours around the Ecobuild exhibition highlighting the latest innovations in timber and timber-related products, with TRADA Technology specialists providing an expert commentary on the technical and regulatory drivers behind them.
Regeneration Film Festival
For the first time in 2013 Ecobuild hosted a short film festival curated by designer Henrietta Lynch.
The festival took place on Thursday 7th March in Suite 1, and was opened by Jonathon Porritt. The festival comprised of a selection of archive and new films on the broad theme of regeneration.
Architect Bill Dunster's ZEDfactory revealed its most ambitious project yet - the launch of an innovative housing system and procurement strategy that aims to define a step change reduction in the costs of Zero Carbon housing and define a new standard in solar housing; The Zero Bills House.
Get snapped with CRASH
Visitors could get snapped to show their support for CRASH and were in with a chance of winning a prize! CRASH is the construction industry's charity which focuses on improving buildings that offer help and shelter to homeless people across the UK. We do this by providing professional expertise, supplying free materials and awarding cash grants.
We believe that through brilliant ideas we can achieve massive, measurable change against some of the biggest problems facing humanity. That's why we've set ourselves a rather audacious goal: to eradicate kerosene lamps from Africa by 2020.
Help us innovate using business based solutions to create clean, safe, affordable energy for all. Let's get going!
Made entirely from waste material, the spectacular Waste Totem from BBM Sustainable Design in partnership with BBP Consulting Engineers exhibited in the central boulevard. highlighting waste material more and more as a valuable resource rather than an inconvenience.
WasteZone at Ecobuild
The University of Brighton’s WasteZone was a temporary place dedicated to the discussion of the issues & huge potentials of seeing waste as a future resource. Students, activists, film-makers and designers of all kinds presented their ideas, showing examples of products, buildings, furniture etc – all made from waste.
We take inspiration from the statement “there is no such thing as waste – just stuff in the wrong place.”…
and land fill sites are the new mines!
Kingston University Students are back with a timber spire replication of Salisbury Cathedral.
Wood Awards Showcase
Set up to recognise, encourage and promote the outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation in wood, the Wood Awards; the UK's premier award scheme for the world's only naturally sustainable material - launched its 2013 Call for Entries at Ecobuild on 5th March.
Enterprise Europe Network
Enterprise Europe Network hosted a matchmaking event to enable participants to meet potential commercial and technology partners from all over Europe on Wednesday 6th March. Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings where exhibitors and visitors could meet potential partners were available.
Carpet Recycling UK
Innovative ways to recycle carpet. Changing attitudes to sustainability in specifying flooring, the latest resource-efficient products for new and refurbishment projects, as well as emerging outlets for carpet waste were a key focus for Carpet Recycling UK at Ecobuild 2013.
Taking a ‘carbon lens’ to your operations, supply chain and products can not only help you save money, but make money. Visitors could join the Carbon Trust construction product experts to hear how they could help their business turn good environmental performance into competitive economic advantage. This interactive session gave attendees an opportunity to see how their business could benefit.
Visitors could hear about the vast opportunities in some of the world's fastest growing economies at the country briefings in the Big Ten.
Overseas Investment Officers were available to help with business set-up and growth in the UK.
CIBSE’s stand was devoted to building performance and the engineering excellence that underpins the world’s best buildings. Showcased on the stand were the exemplar buildings, technologies, systems and products that featured in the CIBSE Building Performance Awards, which took place on 5 February 2013. Sharing knowledge is an essential part of what CIBSE strives to achieve in setting standards for building services engineers and improving building performance.
There were membership briefing sessions for those wanting to discuss, obtain or upgrade their CIBSE membership.
Seminars and case study presentations at Ecobuild provided a platform to listen to and meet those developing and operating some of the world’s best performing buildings.
The Landscape Institute
The Landscape Institute stands could be found at stands S1837 and S1838. Displays included case studies from our new publication on green infrastructure and access to the New London Landscape website. Our neighbours included CIRIA, Aecom, Defra, Natural England, IEEM, South Yorkshire Forest Partnership, Treebox and the Woodland Trust.
We joined forces with Ecobuild Product Search to offer a free of charge CPD Programme to all pre-registered visitors.
The purpose built zone could be found in the North Hall (N2020) and speakers included Fermacell, Internorm, Marmox and Sika.