How do you tell the difference between greenwash and a really good idea that’s going to add long-term value to a project and not blow the budget? In an ideal world you’d have the opportunity to speak to the thinkers, the doers and the makers all under one roof: and that’s just what is on offer in Brighton next month
Brighton’s Eco Technology Show is a completely free two-day exhibition and conference spread across three seminar areas, five meeting rooms and a communications and networking hub. The event, now in its fourth year, attracts interest from leaders in industry and government departments, who make up an impressive panel of expert speakers and panel leaders. Setting the scene with keynote speeches will be Andy Lewry, principal consultant at the Sustainable Energy Team, BRE, and Lord Rupert Redesdale, founder of the Energy Managers’ Association. As well as seminar areas and a show floor packed with 120 exhibitors, this year’s event also hosts an Innovation Zone where some of the newest low carbon products and solutions are to be exhibited for the first time. Examples include the Waterblade adaptor which will drastically reduce the water flow through taps, flexible solar panels and a robot that gets into tight spaces to insulate properties. Other highlights for Architects include over 70 free seminars and open forums including:
• How to achieve an affordable Code 5 home: Learn from Nicola Thomas, director at Arch Angels Architects on how to build a home that meets stringent environmental performance criteria can be made affordable
• Achieving part L and beyond in the face of regulatory uncertainty: Martin Russell of RICS explains how to comply with regulations when it comes to the conservation of fuel and power • Retrofitting domestic properties: Hear from speakers of the Low Carbon Trust and learn about the ‘Kwik Fit’ approach to domestic retrofit from Energy Express MD Philip Strong
• How to engage home owners and buyers more: Phillip Sellwood, Energy Saving Trust CEO, on his firm’s research into consumer attitudes to renewables and energy efficiency
• Renewable heat – the solutions: Find out how the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme pays households for renewable energy they generate from Patrick Allcorn of the Domestic RHI
• Your Energy Sussex, making energy work for residents and businesses: Learn how YES is developing a pipeline of energy projects in liaison with businesses & community organisations across Sussex. Colin James, director of Place, West Sussex County Council
Electric vehicles (EVs) will be promoted by actor, comic and writer Robert Llewellyn. He played the mechanoid Kryten in the hit sitcom Red Dwarf but is now perhaps known for his role as presenter of Scrapheap Challenge and as an EV evangelist. His presentation on electric vehicles and community car clubs is sure to be particularly popular, as will the opportunities to look over the latest electric vehicles from Brighton Mitsubishi and Chandlers Brighton BMW. All of the talks at the Show are free and there is no need to book, but you may find it worthwhile to visit the show’s website so you can plan your day. If you pre-register, you’ll also be assured of fast track entry on the day.
Eco Technology Show Director Nicola Gunstone says:
“It’s an exciting time to be part of the profession that can turns the rhetoric into reality; and the Eco Technology Show is the ideal learning and networking opportunity for the new generation of architects.”
Please register now for your VIP entry and more at: www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk.