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 06-08 March 2018 / ExCeL, London

ecobuild 2018 was being designed and built around the needs of the industry, you told us you would like to see more truly sustainable products and solutions, so that’s what we deliver.

Surrounding the conference arena were the ecobuild sustainability showcases, home to some of the most innovative solutions to the issues facing the built environment. The showcases will put sustainability at the heart of the event.

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Space standards compliant ZEDpod
A prefabricated zero carbon home that can perch on the ground or sit on simple rails above existing parking lots - the new space standards compliant ZEDpod. Superinsulated, triple glazed, heat recovery ventilation and great daylight reduce energy demand to the point where it can be met for much of the year from roof mounted solar - only importing in the depths of winter. Better built than many similar size homes - it can be relocated with near zero waste or sold with a 'Q Assure' mortgageable warranty permanently fixed to the ground.

The Hive
The Hive pocket park delivered by Edible Bus Stop Studio, with headline sponsor MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME was the place to experience first-hand the characteristics and benefits of biophilic design. With its modular hexagonal planters and seating, the design created a multi-functional space that can be configured to suit any urban site. It showed how a small green space can promote social interaction, biodiversity, mental and physical health and wellbeing, and can help in sequestering air pollution.

Sustainable Product Showcase
The Passivhaus Trust and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products were showcasing their pick of the sustainable building products across two pavilions. Their displays put the spotlight on some of the most sustainable and innovative products and materials for designers and specifiers. The Passivhaus Trust’s pavilion showcased products and systems suitable for use in Passivhaus development, while the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products’ pavilion focused on sustainable building products that can help in creating a healthier, low carbon built environment.

Waste can be a valuable resource for the construction and interiors sectors, and visitors were able to find out how in the WasteZone, the showcase in association with the University of Brighton Responsible Futures, was curated by Duncan Baker-Brown FRSA RIBA, Senior Lecturer University of Brighton, Founder BBM Sustainable Design and Nick Gant Founder Community 21, University of Brighton. Baker-Brown, who created the well-known Brighton Waste House, presented a mix of experts and disruptive thinkers in a full programme of practical presentations and diverse discussions. Alongside, an exhibition which displayed some of the innovative products and materials in development and on the market, as well as case studies to inspire.

Buildings as Material Banks
Visitors were able to discover the possibilities and advantages of reversible building design and materials passports in this showcase of the pan-European Buildings as Material Banks (BAMB) project. Reversible building design takes into account resource efficient repair, re-use and recovery of building materials, products and components, while materials passports describe the characteristics of materials and products that give them value for recovery and reuse. Together they help to optimise use of resources and enable a circular industry. The Reversible Experience Modules Exhibition showed how the approach can be applied to homes and offices.

BREEAM Awards Gallery
Visitors could find out which projects and players made the shortlist for the BREEAM Awards 2018. They were on display at the show, with the awards ceremony itself taking place after the show on 6 March at ExCeL. At the BREEAM Awards Gallery visitors could also hear first-hand about BREEAM’s leading-edge thinking, gain insights from past award winners on how their buildings are performing and learn from their experience. BRE experts were on hand to provide advice on your technical questions.

Natural Building Café
The Natural Building Café gave visitors the opportunity to learn more about designing and building with a range of natural materials and techniques and see what they have to offer. This showcase, curated by new organisation Natural Building UK (NBUK), featured hands-on demonstrations of building with materials including earth, straw, hemp, thatch, stone, timber and lime. There was also a display of applied natural materials while specialist contractors, architects, suppliers and training providers are on hand with knowledge to share.

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