Greenbuild Expo returns

With a packed conference and exhibition Greenbuild Expo returns to Manchester Central in May to highlight and promote sustainability in the built environment

Greenbuild Expo takes place in Manchester on the 7 and 8 May featuring a packed conference programme and innovative exhibitors covering all aspects of sustainability in the built environment.

Once again the doors of Manchester Central will be thrown open to visitors from industry, academia and the public sector seeking ways to increase energy efficiency, reduce resource usage and improve sustainability in the built environment.

The event is free to attend and offers an exciting schedule of debates, workshops and seminars, as well as exhibitors showcasing the latest green products and solutions.

The seminar highlights include practical advice from Terry Nash of the UK Rain Water Harvesting Association on avoiding future floods and droughts, while Gavin Summerson from the BRE will introduce the new BREEAM Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014 scheme. This new version of BREEAM is dedicated to the refurbishment and fit-out of offices, retail and other buildings, and has been developed following a piloting process including a range of building refurbishments around the UK.

Andrew Hopton from HETAS will be talking about MCS accreditation and Paul Barker, energy manager at Bristol City Council, is set to describe how the City Council were one of the early adopters of biomass for heating a range of buildings within the city. He will reveal the lessons learned and explain how it has developed its own fuel supply chain to make biomass a real success story.

With retrofit still firmly on the agenda, the Green Deal and ECO debate area will be at the heart of the show. This will give visitors the chance to hear from key organisations and government departments on what the Green Deal means for the built environment and how we can all make the most of this flagship green policy.

In addition, the themed seminar rooms will offer something for everyone, with sessions on everything from green materials and sustainable methods of construction, to low-carbon design and energy-saving refurbishment.

Other highlights of Greenbuild Expo 2014

  • Sustainable Cities – green solutions for commercial buildings from schools to hospitals, as well as high-density housing, focusing on smart buildings.
  • Ignition14 – the UK’s only wood fuel event, which runs as part of Greenbuild Expo. With a dedicated seminar programme and exhibition area, Ignition14 will include advice on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), the various fuel types available and much more.
  • Greenbuild Awards – all the finalists of the awards will be on display, and many will be presenting their shortlisted projects, explaining how they have achieved impressive energy savings. Judged by a panel of distinguished industry leaders, winners of a Greenbuild Award will know that their work really does raise the bar for the rest of the industry when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of our buildings.
  • The Greenbuild Challenge – highlighting the success stories from our campaign for better buildings: from innovative building design and the installation of intelligent building management systems to reduce energy usage – to adopting a cycle to work scheme or installing dimmer switches on your home lighting circuits.

Throughout Greenbuild numerous seminar areas will cover a broad range of topics across a number of areas including: New Build, Retrofit, Smart Buildings and Water.

Grappling with the key issues affecting sustainability in the built environment, the central debate area will feature expert speakers from across the sector and allow visitors the opportunity to debate with the experts.

Topics up for debate include:

  • ECO – overcoming the challenges
  • What does energy efficiency mean?
  • Sustainability and social media
  • The reality of zero carbon building
  • Low carbon cities
  • What lies ahead for the Green Deal?

Greenbuild Expo is free to attend and takes place on 7 and 8 May at Manchester Central. The event is free to attend. For further detail visit and follow @greenbuildexpo on Twitter for regular show updates.