The Ecobuild Exhibition in London was all about great ideas, innovative solutions, and practical advice on the sustainable future of the construction industry.
David Brackenridge and his colleagues Fraser Sheerin and Sebana Moynagh spent two days at the exhibition to explore the very latest in eco technology, building systems and renewable energy generation. In this third blog on Ecobuild, Sebana, our Student Architect, shares her views and ideas on what she saw. You can also read David and Fraser’s blogs.
What are your lasting memories of Ecobuild 2013?
From beehives to biomass, I found the event a great learning experience!
What was the best thing you found?
I found the passive haus and zero-carbon housing seminars really interesting. In particular I was intrigued by the idea of integrating renewables as part of the building fabric; where the solar panels are the roof finish as opposed to mounting the panels as a separate element on top of slates. I liked the idea that the integration of this ‘energy roof’ creates a conservatory space in the roof / attic space, at the top of a residential building.
The ZEDroof is composed of large interlocking tiles that are fully interchangeable allowing different combinations of PV, SHW and rooflights.
What was the worst thing you found?
The amount of products that were in no way ‘eco’ friendly was a bit disappointing. I also felt there were too many LED and solar panel salesmen that claimed to be ‘the best’ but couldn’t answer the relevant questions about their products…
What was the highlight of your visit?
I attended a conference by Foster + Partners on Masdar City – a new desert community in Abu Dhabi that aims to be carbon neutral, zero waste and one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments powered by renewable energy. The city is to be the first modern community in the world to operate without fossil-fuelled vehicles at street level and with a maximum distance of 200 metres to the nearest rapid transport links and amenities…bringing Eco to a whole different level!
What are the top 3 things you found that you might use in future projects?
1. Wild Flower Turf’s Green Roofing System.
2. LED Evolution Lighting: Energy efficient and cost effective LED based lighting solutions.
3. VPhase, voltage optimisation: An energy saving product; Vphase units work by reducing and regulating the incoming mains voltage of a property to lower energy usage.