Ecobuild conference in London til Thursday
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Tue Mar 1 23:27:36 GMT 2011
Ecobuild is the worlds biggest event for
sustainable design, construction and the built
environment and the UKs 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.
Ecobuilds 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.
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.
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. Its 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.
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.
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 worlds population now lives
in cities, and cities but are responsible for up
to 75% of the worlds 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.
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?
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.
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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