On Wednesday 9th March, I attended EcoBuild 2016, a huge event held at the ExCel London. There was an Architectural theme throughout day two, with seminars, presentations and talks around the current industry trends.
One of the first seminars of the day was an interesting talk about Innovative Design. Chaired by the Chief Executive of UK-GBC, Julie Hirigoyen, the first speaker was Rab Bennetts, Director of Bennetts Associates. Rab presented on projects completed by his company that combined architectural quality and sustainability. One project was about the refurbishment of the Hampshire County Council building in Winchester, an excellent example of beautiful architecture as well as sustainability. The building now has a 50% reduction in energy use! The second speaker was Paul Williams from Derwent London who talked about an organic approach to building new spaces in existing buildings. One example of this was the White Collar Factory in London, which instead of being knocked down and rebuilt, changed its existing use. Next was Mark Stringa of AECOM who spoke about new innovative design around a variety of aspects, one of which being the use of river water. Finally we heard from Lydia Dutton from Argent who called out for changes and challenging the norm. She spoke about how the youth of today should be a driving force behind brining sustainable solutions to new projects and developments.
There were a number of other talks and seminars during the day, all with very interesting themes and discussions. However, another aspect to the day was the stands that filled the exhibition space. Environmentally friendly solutions to current aspects of building were presented and displayed to the public. There were two that particularly stuck in my mind. The first was a company called ZED Factory, which focuses on zero carbon design and development. A very interesting company who produce things from one off commissions to mater plans. Here’s there website for those interested in reading more: http://www.zedfactory.com/zed/
The second exhibit that really stood out to me was one call Truvision VR. It was like experiencing something I thought could only exist in a futuristic world. In essence, you have to put on giant goggles that cover all the light from your eyes, and then in front of you, it looks like you are in another room! You can control yourself walking around this room, turning your head, looking up, looking down, it was fantastic! I predict this software will be huge in 2016 and beyond. Can you imagine the power of this software in a planning application?! It was great to experience first-hand the amazing oculus rift software. More from this company here http://www.truvisionvr.com/
So there we have it, EcoBuild day two in a nutshell. If you are interested in hearing more about the day, or if you attended and want to discuss in more depth any of the seminars, please feel free to get in touch.