Well here we are back in the office and getting back to normal after the frenzy of Ecobuild. Not that the three days of Ecobuild itself were a frenzy but the pre-Ecobuild preparations and the post breakdown had their anxious moments.
Everywhere around the world companies will be carrying out après show debriefings. Was it a success? Will we be there next year? If we are what could we do better etc. etc?
I spent two days on our busy stand. I was amazed at how much we were able to fit into our six by four metre space: We’d brought our ever popular Lower Carbon Drive model showing the measures that can be taken to lower the carbon emissions of a typical victorian terraced house. Linked to this was our wall of manufacturers’ product literature covering the technologies demonstrated in the house. A further development on the LCD Theme is an exciting animation of the house and its first phase of development was launched at Ecobuild. Companies can sponsor areas in the house where their products can be installed. This project has endless potential not only as a promotional tool for manufacturers but as an educational tool and training aid.
There were many visitors to the show but their density was somewhat diluted by the vastness of the whole thing. Seminars were abundant but one needed the precision and strategy of a battle campaign in order to find oneself in the correct vicinity at the appointed time. A programme of seminars taking place in the exhibition halls along side the exhibits works far better in my opinion.
So what left a lasting impression on me?
Ideal Standard‘s ‘The Thinker’ made of crushed plastic water bottles impressed me and many others, judging by the number of tweets it’s inspired. A clever way to emphazise the average daily water usage of a typical UK household (335 litres) and a way of highlighting Ideal Standard’s innovative water saving technology.
TRADA had an interesting structure made from wood – naturally!
There were some innovative german PV louvres. The company showing these, I’ve not been able to identify from the info shy show guide. Can anyone help? Also an aluminium roof system that harnessed the heat from the sun for water heating is worth mentioning.
But the final word or should that be’ woof ‘ goes to Spud, one of the team of Dulux dogs making a welcome appearance on the stand of that famous paint brand.