Ecobuild conference in London til Thursday

Tony Gosling tony at
Tue Mar 1 23:27:36 GMT 2011

Ecobuild is the world’s biggest event for 
sustainable design, construction and the built 
environment and the UK’s largest construction event of any kind.

The Ecobuild conference focuses on emerging 
issues, new thinking, challenging ideas, and the 
new policy priorities of the coalition government 
responding to the need for budget cuts.

Expanded to three streams for 2011, it examines 
the key issues surrounding sustainability, 
construction and the built environment, from big 
picture debates on international political 
co-operation, global economic models, and the 
psychology of climate change, through to more 
domestic challenges such as how the UK 
construction sector needs to change, refurbishing 
the existing stock, and the impact of localism and the big society on planning.


Ecobuild’s renowned seminar programme offers more 
than 130 sessions covering the most pressing and 
important issues for built environment professionals.
With the emphasis throughout on delivering 
practical and applied information, each seminar 
is structured to provide key learning points, 
supported by case studies, analysis, and examples of best practice.
Please note that seminars are available on a 
first come, first served basis so please arrive 
in good time to be sure of your place.

Seminar Categories

Sustainable by design
Design affects everything. Every component, every 
product, every building. This stream addresses 
itself to a wide variety of design issues, each 
one of them to do with an aspect of 
sustainability, and each searching for the 
stimulating, the inspirational and the challenging.

Future Energy
There has never been such an important time for 
micro and community scale generation. Government 
policy is being directed at it, new products and 
solutions are becoming available, and best 
practice and thinking are being refined and 
developed.  This series of seminars will 
investigate the market drivers for micro and 
small scale generation, understand how to find 
the right scale solution for the right situation, 
and how to specify each of the core technologies 
as stand alone or as integrated solutions.

Energy in Buildings
Energy efficiency and renewable energy are said 
to be the twin pillars of a sustainable energy 
strategy. But because energy has been, and 
continues to be relatively cheap, cost has not 
proved to be a strong driver towards energy 
efficiency in buildings. It’s still commercially 
acceptable to cool them in the summer, heat them 
in the winter, and light them all year round 
using heavily carbonised energy to do it. But 
priorities are changing, and saving carbon is the 
new and more compelling reason to make buildings 
energy efficient. As the difficulty of 
decarbonising energy becomes more evident, homes 
and buildings with low energy consumption are 
seen to be achievable and central to the solution.

Regulations revealed
Responding to the amount of regulation, codes and 
standards, and the speed of their introduction, 
provides a challenge for many in the sector, 
particularly in a period of downturn. Whether it 
is the latest on EPBD, EPCs & DECs, Parts F&L, 
and the Definition of Zero Carbon and the Code 
for Sustainable Homes, this series of seminars 
will help visitors understand the application of 
the regulations to design, planning, construction and refurbishment.

Simplifying standards, guides & tools
Never before have those working in construction 
and the built environment had to respond to so 
many new and revised standards. This stream deals 
with the more understood as well as the emerging 
and evolving standards. It also explains the 
connections between them, and some of the tools 
and guides which can help designers and specifiers.

Refurbishing Britain
It is now completely understood and accepted that 
refurbishment is the key to achieving a low 
carbon built environment. The majority of the 
buildings which exist today will still exist in 
2050. For the UK to meet its targets and 
obligations on carbon emissions, this building 
stock will have to be refurbished and made much 
more efficient. This series of seminars takes a 
wide ranging look at the challenge posed by 
refurbishment,  examines the drivers for change, 
the commercial case, the practical issues 
involved, and the technical and materials 
solutions appropriate to different building types.

Sustainability and the city
More than half the world’s population now lives 
in cities, and cities but are responsible for up 
to 75% of the world’s CO2.  Adapting cities to 
consume less energy, and to mitigate the effects 
of climate change is clearly crucial.  This 
series of seminars will present the case for 
engagement and offer strategies for involvement at all levels.

 From grey to green
The case for greening our cities and urban areas 
is a compelling one.  Green areas help mitigate 
the effects of climate change, provide important 
space for people, and biodiversity.  This series 
of seminars examines what can be done to create a greener urban environment.

Sustainable small projects
Much of the pioneering work which goes on in 
sustainable design and construction is at the 
small project end of the market, and in 
particular the self build/commissioned projects 
where the project is being undertaken for reasons 
more complicated than profit. Amongst these 
clients, designers and builders, we see 
incredible thought, attention to detail, ambition 
and passion. This stream looks at eco-building on 
a small scale. It explores the challenges, offers 
solutions, and celebrates the achievements.

Beyond Construction
In an incredibly short space of time, most of the 
stakeholders in construction have begun to change 
their approach and practices in response to an 
ever more pressing objective of designing and 
building ‘sustainably’. These seminars take a 
step away from the technical back office, and 
from building design and materials, and explore 
the wider context. How does construction sit in 
an holistic appraisal of a sustainable built 
environment, and a vision of a sustainable Britain?

Sustainable Architecture & Design
In a broad sense, sustainable architecture seeks 
to minimise the negative environmental impact of 
buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation 
in the use of materials, energy, and development 
space. At the same time, architecture and design 
is concerned with creating inspirational, 
successful and sustainable buildings, places and 
communities. So how can all these be brought 
together and how should architects be engaged in 
shaping a truly sustainable built environment?

Installer Business
As the market begins to grow, and as a variety of 
Government initiatives start to encourage the 
installation of micro renewable energy systems, 
this series of seminars and training sessions 
will identify the business opportunity, explain 
the technologies, and describe the commercial 
advantages of becoming trained and equipped to 
install and maintain micro generation systems.

Installer Skills
The emergence of micro renewable energy systems 
will transform the generation, heating and 
construction sectors in the next ten years – a 
transformation which will represent enormous 
opportunity and a need to change. This series of 
seminars and training sessions will explain that 
change from a practical perspective. It will 
provide an introduction to installing and 
maintaining the complete range of micro 
generation solutions, how to retrofit them and 
how to integrate them into existing buildings and systems.
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