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Over 1,000 exhibitors at biggest ever Ecobuild
What is thought to be the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment is bigger than ever this year, bringing together more than 1,000 suppliers of sustainable construction products at London's Earls Court on Tuesday 2nd - Thursday 4th March 2010.
From big names such as Rockwool, Sika, Dimplex, Finnforest, Schueco, Interface, Rehau, ACO Technologies, Kohler Mira and CEMEX, to the smallest new business exhibiting in Ecobuild's Green Shoots entrepreneurs' zone, every conceivable product and service for low and zero carbon construction will be represented.
Many exhibitors choose Ecobuild as the launch platform for new products and initiatives including, amongst many, many more:
From Eco Modular Living, the new Eco Modular Home for the affordable housing sector. Constructed from recycled steel structures clad with a super insulated shell, and with the additional environmental benefit of reusing materials that would normally end up in landfill, the Eco Modular home meets the requirements of CSH level 4.
The Energyflo cell, a new insulation product from Energyflo Construction Technologies that achieves sub 0.1 U-values without adding to the thickness of the structure.
PhotonStarLED's new Nemesis SmartLuminaire, an ultra efficient, low glare downlight, which can save up to 70% energy usage.
A range of six new 'A' Series super-efficient condensing combination and system boilers from ATAG.
From Calorex, a new Pro-Pac heat pump range for the small to medium commercial market, designed to work in the temperate UK climate and to suit UK heating system design.
Nine new Cradle to Cradle carpet products, - Pallas, Flavia, Flux, Palatino, Penta, Trapez, Tempra, Torso and Madison from DESSO.
Alongside its visually stunning and durable surfaces produced from waste glass, Eluna will be launching 100% recycled glass bricks.
Fakro GB will be exhibiting a number of new products including the new Balcony Window and the V40P automatic air vent which delivers added thermal efficiency at no extra cost.
Mundy Veneer, UK distributor for Italian veneer mill, TABU, presents new line MW ECOZERO which is totally formaldehyde-free.
New NIBE F1145 and F1245 heat pumps from NIBE Energy Systems, are highly efficient, practically silent in operation, user friendly for both the installer and end-user, and deliver fuel bill savings of up to 80% compared with fossil fuel systems.
Nutshell Natural Paint's new Thermal Emulsion employs nano technology which means that once applied this paint not only decorates but insulates surfaces against the passage of heat, reflecting back up to 92% heat. Also new, is Super Eco Emulsion Plus - a paint that can be scrubbed clean, so ideal for schools, hospitals, offices or wherever a harder wearing product is required - and water-based Nutshell Paint & Varnish Remover.
Romag will be showcasing its new roof integrated solar tile product, PowertGlaz RI, which provides cost effective solar energy for housing.
Second Nature UK will be launching its new Edenbloc35 - a natural, low density rigid insulation that combines excellent thermal performance with the breathability of natural fibres, bridging the gap between synthetic foams and conventional sustainable insulation materials.
Wienerberger will unveil the latest Aquata pavers which fulfil the latest sustainable urban drainage requirements, a new range of street furniture - including a 100% recycled bench made from aluminium cans - and the precision engineered clay block Porotherm which includes up to 30% recycled content.
And of course Ecobuild's outstanding conference and seminar programme always delivers the very best in up-to-date information, delivered by over 500 of the sector's most highly-regarded experts.
This year's seminar programme covers a huge range of topics clustered into 10 themes:
* Future energy
* Getting water wise
* Regulations revealed
* Performance matters
* Simplifying standards, guides & tools
* Refurbishing Britain
* Urban planning & public realm
* Sustainable by design
* Making the most of markets
* Beyond construction
See the detailed seminar programme at www.ecobuild.co.uk
Plus - new for 2010 - over 30 additional sessions for those involved in the provision of heating electrical and plumbing services. Ecobuild installer is designed to make sense of the market for the installation of micro renewable energy systems with two parallel streams of seminars, workshops and training sessions, Installer business and Practical installer. The Practical installer stream is brought to life with a series of live interactive demonstrations by Plumb Center with leading manufacturers, taking place throughout each day, including:
Solar panel installation - Ploughcroft / Plumb Center
Solar-thermal - Worcester Bosch / Kingspan / Baxi / Ideal / Vaillant
Biomass / micro CHP - Baxi
Heat pumps - Dimplex / CTC
Underfloor heating - Uponor
Rain water harvesting - Kingspan
Greywater recycling - Ecoplay
Water efficiency - Saracen/ Mira
For more about Ecobuild installer visit www.ecobuild.co.uk
Ecobuild's conference maintains its reputation for attracting speakers of the highest calibre but with the 2010 edition. Joan Ruddock, Minister of State, Department of Energy & Climate Change, Greg Barker, Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Nick Raynsford MP, Deputy Chairman, Construction Industry Council and former Construction Minister, Stephen Stone, Chief Executive, Crest Nicholson and Paul Drechsler, CEO Wates are amongst the respected figures taking to the stage to tackle pertinent topics such as Copenhagen consequences: how strong is the political will for a low carbon Britain?, International & green: learning from around the world and Second generation sustainability: zero carbon without the bling.
See the full conference programme at www.ecobuild.co.uk
Another new initiative for 2010 is the Ecobuild fringe, an eclectic range of events from exhibitors, supporters and partners, all taking place at or around Earls Court during Ecobuild. Highlights include:
* One planet living - BioRegional
* The power of landscape to deliver communities - The Landscape Institute
* Delivering sustainable M&E projects - M&E Sustainability
* Bio-based materials for better low carbon buildings - National Non Food Crop Centre (NNFCC)
* Ventilation and indoor air quality - AECB
* Delivering low energy sustainable buildings: the people dimension - Construction Skills
For more about the Ecobuild fringe visit www.ecobuild.co.uk
Elsewhere on the programme there are dozens of attractions and special events.
The presentation of BRE Global's BREEAM Awards which recognise and reward those involved in the design and construction of the highest scoring buildings certified under BREEAM will take place in the Ecobuild Arena on Wednesday 3rd March. A BREEAM 'excellent' rating is a pre-qualification, which ensures that winners truly represent exemplary sustainable design and construction. Each development will have been independently assessed and certified, and in order to win an award, each building must have excelled in every environmental category - from energy to ecology - and represent an holistic approach to delivering environmental sustainability. Awards will be presented to the top rated buildings in the UK, together with a number of special awards in an international category.
The Solar Decathlon Europe competition stops off at Ecobuild too, with the debut of The Nottingham HOUSE (Home Optimising the Use of Solar Energy) at Ecobuild on its way to the final in Madrid in June. The University of Nottingham's Department of the Built Environment (SBE) has teamed up with Saint-Gobain to create the HOUSE - an energy efficient, zero carbon solar powered home - which is part of the students' entry into the competition.
Bill Dunster's RuralZED, provider of the first ever Level 6 certified, 'zero carbon' house - launched at Ecobuild 2008 - will be offering an on-the-spot real time design and business planning service for plotholders, and demonstrate how landowners can both develop their land profitably and achieve the highest environmental standards. A multi-disciplinary panel of experts will be on hand to help demonstrate what is both financially and technically possible with a proven delivery system, defined component costs and by cutting out the middlemen.
The 'design while you wait' consultation at Ecobuild will allow visitors to come away with an architect's sketch layout for a potential site, a quantity surveyor costed RuralZED housing solution, an estate agent's valuation of the completed home(s), a business plan providing anticipated profit and RuralZED system specifications and kit costs.
Solarcentury's Solar Hub is well-timed to help visitors understand the implications of the Government's clean energy cashback scheme planned for April next year. Using a model city as a backdrop, Solarcentury will demonstrate the ease with which solar solutions can be integrated into the built environment and showcase the very latest in solar PV and solar-thermal technologies.
Always a hugely popular attraction, Ecobuild's Cityscape takes green infrastructure as its theme for 2010, and looks at the improvements that urban green space can deliver in both social and environmental terms. The theme will be brought to life through an imposing cube of green walls, designed by Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Patrick Collins, in association with Capita Lovejoy, and built to illustrate the different systems available for large-scale urban installations. The four green walls that make up the cube will be provided by BioTecture, Mobilane, Aldingbourne and MMA. Through Cityscape's interior space - courtesy of Natural England - Ecobuild's visitors will be able to learn more about green infrastructure: how it is composed, how it works, and why it is so important for the built environment.
Innovate offsite from Mtech Consult and Galliford Try will showcase the very best in offsite construction, bringing together a broad range of systems to demonstrate the benefits of using offsite products and techniques for complex and challenging projects as well as more straightforward builds.
The timber frame, light steel framing, cladding, room and volumetric modules, insulated render, staircases, balconies used in Innovate offsite will be supplied by some of the UK's foremost offsite manufacturers, including Kingspan Offsite, Elements Europe, Lakesmere, PermaRock, Advanced Panel Systems, Environmental Building Partnership, London Engineering and Architechnik.
Experts in providing training in low-impact building methods and natural materials, RESET and Amazonails will be collaborating to provide a series of rammed earth and strawbale workshops, taking place daily on the exhibition floor.
As well as hands-on, practical demonstrations of straw bale wall construction, clay plastering and lime rendering, workshops will consider habitat design approaches, green infrastructure and climate change adaptation, SUDS and ecosystem services.
And it just wouldn't be Ecobuild without the challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining events in the Arena. Its eclectic mix of high profile commentators for 2010 include Andrew Neil, Terry Farrell, Will Alsop, Rosie Boycott, Jonathon Porritt, Alastair McGowan, Dame Joan Bakewell and David Blunkett, who will be discussing subjects as diverse as human behaviour, food, architecture and design, science and religion.
New for 2010 is the series of Arena lectures. Eight expert speakers will deliver stimulating talks on a range of subjects from design to politics. Lectures include The unbearable redundancy of things from Stephen Bayley, award-winning author, journalist and design consultant, Architecture and Design Correspondent, The Observer, Politicians going green make me see red from Jonathan Glancey, Architecture and Design Correspondent, The Guardian and How to avoid power cuts in the UK from James Woodhuysen, Professor of Forecasting and Innovation, De Montfort University.
See the full Arena programme at www.ecobuild.co.uk
Ecobuild is free to attend when you register at www.ecobuild.co.uk including entry to all the seminar and conference sessions, attractions and special events.
For more information contact Moira Edwards on
T: +44 (0) 207 763 5929
19th February 2010