Despite an emphasis on energy efficiency in building being legislated for through the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) and new Building Regulations to encourage eco technology, the grants situation is constantly changing and confusing for smaller developers and self-builders. Internet searches can leave you more confused than when you started about which technologies attract funding and which will deliver the best returns by adding value to a development.
The Energy Saving Trust (www.est.org.uk) is an excellent first port of call online, but a visit to the completely-free Eco Technology Show in Brighton on June 11th-12th will take you to the next level with hundreds of products on display, and where you can get an inside track on trends and the regulatory environment. There are also five meeting rooms and a communications hub with free advice from experts.
As well as advanced and leading-edge heating and control technologies, this year’s Show will also showcase a new Innovation Zone. It will demonstrate the newest low carbon and environmental products and solutions that can help developers add value to their properties; all important at a time when buyers are increasingly energy and resource efficiency conscious. Examples of these brand new ideas is the Waterblade adaptor which will drastically reduce the water flow through taps, flexible solar panels and a robot for insulating hard-to-reach areas.
Using and reusing expensive resources efficiently is a subject close to any developer’s heart and is another key theme of the Eco Technology Show. Andy Lewry, Principal Consultant at the Sustainable Energy Team, BRE, will discuss the latest solutions for energy management during the build process.
Eco Technology Show Director Nicola Gunstone says:
“Energy prices will only get higher, so buyers’ interest in energy efficiency and eco technology is at an all time high. The Show will give builders a head start on the new ideas they can incorporate into their plans.”
The Show’s seminar sessions will once again include informative sessions for builders and installers, and the event will provide an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other developers. Both Show and seminars are completely free to attend. Register for fast track entry at www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk.