New thinking, new ideas

New thinking, new ideas

Ecobuild 2014 is heading to London’s ExCeL on 4-6 March. Installer takes a look at the conference and seminar programmes, and what they have to offer.
Sustainability is the future of the industry. In the UK, we have the least efficient buildings in Europe, and we’re all paying the price through sky-high energy bills.

Nowadays people are paying more attention to their energy consumption and are looking for ways to save their hard-earned pennies.
This is creating potential business opportunities for installers. They are the experts and the trusted voice in the community, who have the ability to pass good advice to their customers and improve the efficiency of their homes.
Ecobuild 2014 is the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment, and should be the first port of call for installers looking to get ahead of the game.
Conferences
The conference programme has been very popular with Ecobuild visitors. Over the three days, more than 100 experts, ministers and VIPs will take centre stage to discuss all the hottest topics in the industry today.
The theme for the programme is ‘New thinking, challenging ideas and renowned speakers’, and visiting installers will be able to gain valuable insight into a wide range of issues from energy policy and the future of our cities, to the right way to deliver zero carbon homes and buildings that work as designed.
Due to popular demand, the conferences will be hosted  in two Ecobuild Arenas (North Arena and South Arena) this year.
Each one will last around 45 minutes, and installers should be keen to check out subjects such as ‘Community energy or the Green Deal?’, ‘Fracking, nuclear, renewables or fusion – what is our energy future?’, and ‘Has the Green Deal sent the retrofit revolution into reverse?’.
The full conference programme can be seen on the Ecobuild website – www.ecobuild.co.uk
Seminars
At Ecobuild 2014, there will be six specific content zones (design; building performance & BIM; refurbishment & retrofit; green energy; water, waste & materials; and connecting future cities), so installers can easily find the exhibits and attractions that are most relevant to them.
Each of these zones will host a seminar programme, designed to deliver practical and applied information focusing on the key issues for sustainability professionals.
The seminars have been a big hit with visitors, and they’re all structured to provide key learning points, supported by case studies, analysis and examples of best practice.
Installers will want to head to the Green Energy zone, which will host a number of seminars aimed at helping installers make the most from the Government’s green initiatives – the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Green Deal.
Running across all three days, a range of industry experts will be offering their advice on topics including ‘Domestic RHI: An energy boost for installers & householders’, ‘The business case for air source heat pumps’ and ‘PV for heating and hot water – does this make sense?’.
Ecobuild is the perfect opportunity for installers to attend these free sessions and prepare themselves for the year ahead.