Final Friday Five – Ecobuild Edition

Final Friday Five

This month is all about Ecobuild – we had a great time at the start of this month, talking to lots of people on our stand and we just thought we’d share with everyone some of the information we picked up from the show.

If you didn’t get chance to go then this video shows just some of the highlights of the first day (we would recommend paying attention around the 30 second mark!):

BIM

With a whole series of BIM talks throughout Ecobuild we couldn’t listen to them all but @StephenHamilNBS has a good blog about what went on, covering @ThePhilpster‘s talk about the Government’s level 2 strategy, including the announcement of a government digital toolkit which is going to be released later this year. Stephen’s blog also has a video from his own overview of the BIM Toolkit project.

BRE launch Home Quality Mark

The BRE were certainly busy at Ecobuild with the launch of the new voluntary Home Quality Mark We blogged about this while we were at Ecobuild; it aims to fill the gap left by the winding down of the code for sustainable homes and recognise performance beyond minimum regulatory standards. We’d recommend having a read through the press release for all the details.

We also had great fun at the BREEAM Awards 2015, and were pleased to be able to present the Educational Award to Brandon Primary School.

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Why people share stuff online

Not strictly insulation related but still worth a look was the talk by @SuButcher on ‘Why people share stuff online’. We actually missed her presentation but luckily for us she took her own advice and has shared the slides. We are already getting started on the homework she set!

Postcards of the Future

The @UKGBC published their Postcards of the Future, which we saw for the first time at Ecobuild, showcasing potential solutions to the current challenges in the built environment. Although we picked up a printed copy, their postcards are available online at their website.

U-Value Calculator

And finally, we launched our U-value Calculator at Ecobuild and hundreds of people got to play with it. This free, easy to use tool, requires no registration and is packed with 6,000 calculations for pitched and flat roofs, walls and floors and is the first to feature calculations approved under the BBA / TIMSA competency scheme . If you’ve not had a chance to look at it then visit www.uvalue-calculator.co.uk or if you want to read more about how it works then our U-value series of blog posts will provide you with all the information you need – read them here.

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