Ecobuild 2008

Yesterday I braved the eco warrior hoards and went down to Ecobuild at Earls Court (www.ecobuild.co.uk).  Blimey what a scrum.  Clearly there’s something in the water as it seems everyone is either creating something to sell as Eco or else busily looking around for the next, new Low Carbon widget.  I particularly loved the air conditioning manufacturers being there. Next year you’ll be able to win a hybrid 4×4 I expect.  I guess it’s encouraging that so many companies feel that there’s money in being green but it did seem a bit desperate.  There was still a crazy amount of paper being given away that even the recycling bins at the side would never cope with.  I would like to know the full Carbon Footprint of Ecobuild, including making and bringing in all the stands, food, visitors etc. Has anyone out there calculated it?  Somehow I doubt it. Anyway what impressed?1. The Sustainable Building Association (AECB), (http://www.aecb.net/) launched their CarbonLite Programme – ‘a crash course in low energy buildings for the design and construction industry’, which usefully draws on experience in Europe and North America, as well as the UK, to provide a scheme that concentrates on simple design principles to achieve genuinely low energy buildings: http://www.carbonlite.org.uk2.  On a more domestic level the shower tray heat exchanger that provides heat recovery from the waste heat of a shower to prewarm water from the incoming main and reduce, it claims, by 50-70% the energy used by showering.  Apparently installed in 20% of all dutch housing and not yet available directly within the UK it is a simple yet effective way of reducing energy use. How much?  About £300 it was claimed, that pays itself back in 3-5 years depending, I guess, on the cleanliness or otherwise of the users.  They are looking for a UK distributor so if you know of anyone please get in touch (http://www.hei-tech.nl/)

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5 Responses to Ecobuild 2008

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi What an interesting site- I was specifically interested in the gshp and solar- did you install any of these in your house. Well done the house looks great.

  2. Luke Tozer says:

    Andrea
    Thanks. Yes we did install the gshp, a 12kw unit connected to 3 no. 50m deep bore holes under the back garden.
    I am sitting in warmth despite the weather so yes it’s all working well. A few teething problems in terms of the controls but nothing too serious.
    We didn’t manage to get planning consent for the area of photovoltaics (8m2) necessary to make it viable due to objections from the neighbours but we intend either to try again or wait until the technology improves so that smaller pv units are workable.
    We also installed the rainwater harvesting system which took some time to get working properly but is now doing fine. It’s raining right now so the tank is refilling….
    I’ll keep updating the blog and add a few more pics and info about the build that I didn’t manage at the time due to being crazily busy.
    Anyway thanks again for the interest.
    Luke

  3. Sounds like you have the build all under control, do you have an update?

  4. jesse says:

    That’s what water treatments are for.

  5. Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too.

    This type of clever work and exposure! Keep up the good works guys I’ve included you guys to my personal blogroll.

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