Sustainable houses now becoming the focus of the public
The scale and prominence of the Ecobuild 2013 show in London’s Docklands has represented just how much green building is going mainstream as this trend becomes more at the forefront than ever before. This is now longer underground, it is the mainstream, with more coverage than ever before.
To show the change in popularity of this niche, six years ago about 6,000 people visited Ecobuild, and a few hundred companies showed their product / service offering. This year it is one of only two exhibitions to stretch over both vast halls at the ExCel centre in London’s Docklands and is billed as the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment.
With more than 800 companies exhibiting, 60,000 people are thought to have to visited over the three days along with ministers, debates and seminars so technical that only a few builders or architects in the world might understand. In comparison, the Ideal Home show, which runs from March 15 for 17 days, can expect 250,000 people and mainly features furnishings and kitchens. This is a gap which is closing!
Eco property is growing in popularity largely down to the fact of people liking the idea of technology helping them reduce bills and do less damage to the environment. A traditional building approach cannot achieve this on this scale; nor can it do the same level of good for the environment. Going down the Eco route can do a great deal of good for the environment, the way in which energy is consumed and good in terms of how you can feel from a moral point of view.