Review of Ecobuild 2015 including comments, images & videos

  • 10 Mar 2015

Howard Chapman, Editor of Buildingtalk

Buildingtalk feedback from Ecobuild 2015 , the UKs biggest sustainable design, construction and energy event.

Annabel Lammas from Buildingtalk interviews the Dulux dog, the star of the show.

Saint-Gobain at Ecobuild

Though the number of exhibitors was down this year, Ecobuild is still the biggest sustainable design, construction and energy event for new build, refurb, commercial and domestic buildings in the UK. The show was busy and included a number of key seminars and events that were all well attended. We have some comments below from some of the speakers.

It seemed like BIM came of age in 2015 at Ecobuild with seminars, discussions and an array of enabling products.

The two stars of the show for me were Saint-Gobains 350 year anniversary dance celebrations and the Dulux dog making friends with all the visitors to their stand.

Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobains history dates back to 1665, when it was formed to produce glass on an industrial scale for the famous Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, the royal palace of King Louis XIV of France. This location formed the backdrop to the dance celebrations in period costume – every hour near the entrance to Ecobuild.

Saint-Gobain also launched their Multi-Comfort concept – a new way of designing and building sustainable, healthy and comfortable homes and workplaces.

Annabel Lammas interviews the Dulux dog at Ecobuild

Dulux

Annabel Lammas from Buildingtalk joined a queue of people who wanted to meet and greet the perennial Dulux dog. Interesting focus for Dulux Trade stand at Ecobuild was demonstrating how colour isnt just a matter of aesthetics but can deliver well-being in many ways. For example, helping to make rooms feel bigger, lighter, brighter and even save energy.

Glassolutions

I watched the Glassolutions video about their glass floor walkway installation at Londons Tower Bridge. Brilliant project but a little eerie walking over glass looking down on the river Thames 42 metres below.

Celotex

I listened to Rob Warren, their Head of Technical, talking about regulations why they are needed and their efficacy in delivering better and more sustainable buildings. He stressed the need to focus on the performance of buildings rather than just ticking regulation boxes. You can also read more an energy efficiency from Rob via his recent Blog on Buildingtalk.

FLIR C2 pocket thermal camera

Flir Systems

One of the best new products at the show was the FLIR C2, a pocket-sized thermal camera. An easy way to see heat patterns to show problems such as the sources of energy waste and plumbing issues. I think there will be an enormous demand for the C2.

Wilo Helix Excel

Wilo

The most hospitable stand at Ecobuild was Wilo. It was an opportunity to meet colleagues from the press and PR over lunch and be briefed on their new energy efficiency products including the Wilo Helix Excel, now available in the UK.

Some of the speakers at Ecobuild 2015

  • John Prescott, former deputy Prime Minister, called for cross-party unity to tackle the nations risk from rising extreme weather.
  • Former chief construction adviser Paul Morrell said the failure of the construction industry to successfully integrate and collaborate has its roots in the British class system.
  • Skanska UK chief executive Mike Putnam called for greater engagement with public on retrofitting.
  • Energy secretary Ed Davey said the Liberal Democrats support making energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority but opposes the proposal for an independent body to oversee infrastructure delivery. He also announced that doctors will be invited to prescribe boilers, insulation and double glazing to patients they judge to be ill in part because of fuel poverty.
  • Richard Threlfall, UK head, infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG highlighted how UK construction is chronically under-investing in skills training.
  • Former Cabe director Wayne Hemingway criticised volume housebuilders for putting up rubbish and only getting away putting up poor quality housing because no one holds them to account.
  • Mark Farmer, head of residential at EC Harris, said mainstream zero carbon homes may never happen.

Competition winners

Betteshanger Sustainable Parks project won the Wavins Ecobuild AquaCell competition 2015.

The £40 million scheme will be built by main contractor Willmott Dixon and will see the regeneration of a former coal mining region of East Kent into an exemplar project that will be home to a green technologies sustainable business and commerce park.

Videos from Ecobuild

  • Alistair Campbell, former Labour party communications director, talks about the governments track record on green building policy.
  • Rt Hon Ed Davey, MP and secretary of state for energy and climate change, pledges £2bn green homes revolution that can even be accessed by doctors to prescribe boilers, insulation and double glazing to patients they judge to be ill in part because of fuel poverty.
  • Sir John Armitt CBE, author of the Armitt review, speaks about UK infrastructure plans, the energy sector and nuclear build programme.

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