Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Eco-construction wins hands down
Our visit to last week’s Ecobuild was a day spent watching practical installer demonstrations, visiting the hundreds of trade stands and admiring innovative projects such as the Space of Waste pavilion made of woven willow and full-body Speedo swimsuits that have been banned for use in competitions, leaving a potential lycra mountain.
We made a bee-line for the Kingston University stand, as we are hoping to work with some of their students as part of our project. After admiring an electric guitar made of hemp, we were invited to join in a game of eco-construction trumps - the School of Surveying and Planning’s new take on the classic Top Trumps game.
Spurred on by memories of playing the game as children, we played a few rounds. We are quickly expanding our knowledge of insulation and all things sustainable and found the game a great tool to get people thinking about different building materials and to compare properties such as embodied carbon, durability and recyclability. The data for the game came from the mine of information that is GreenSpec, a site which I can see us visiting quite a lot.