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Ecobuild conference in London til Thursday

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  • Tony Gosling
    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.
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 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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