First topics revealed for CICV’s Green Home Festival

ORGANISERS of the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV)‘s upcoming Green Home Festival have revealed details of some of the initiatives that will be showcased.

Sustainable building materials, heat pump ‘myth-busting’, and a tour of an energy efficient tenement will be among the shows at the event. Alternative heat sources and exploring how we will live and travel in 2045 will also be on the agenda at the five-day hybrid event,  which runs from 8-12 August as part of the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The festival will be delivered via a mix of in-person and virtual presentations.

CICV organisers said they have narrowed down the itinerary to around 12 shows, which will be suitable for both the public and construction industry, with topics including:

  • Building sustainable neighbourhoods
  • Hydrogen as a potential future heat source
  • Commercial buildings of the future
  • Retrofitting traditional buildings and other house types
  • Taking a fabric-first approach to energy efficient homes
  • Sustainable construction and asset management
  • Upskilling the workforce for sustainable construction
  • Feasibility of electric vehicles and home charging points
  • Carbon, nitrate and water capture through roofing
  • Global case studies on successful low-carbon projects.

A family day is also in the pipeline, featuring a series of activities and games based around green energy and low-carbon living.

Event organiser John McKinney, secretary of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, said, “We are extremely excited to reveal some of the topics for the inaugural Green Home Festival, which will deliver a wealth of demonstrations and hands-on guidance. We are particularly excited about the planned tour of a tenement that has been made energy efficient, which will demonstrate how Scotland’s traditional buildings can be retrofitted to minimise carbon emissions.

“We are also looking forward to demystifying the buzz around heat pumps and hydrogen, and exploring how the construction industry can work together in a variety of ways to mitigate climate change and build a greener Scotland for everyone.”

Presenters at the show will include experts from the CICV and other organisations including the Scottish Futures Trust, Leeds Sustainability Institute and Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association, with venues, dates and booking details to be revealed later this year.

Co-organiser Gordon Nelson, Scotland director of the Federation of Master Builders, added, “We have been working very hard on the planned itinerary to find a balance and ensure that the events will be suitable for the public and the construction industry itself. As well as shows the about the house of the future, electric vehicles and the truth about heat pumps, other sessions will take a professional perspective on the multi-disciplinary approach required to build a more sustainable and healthy environment.

“Whatever the topic, every show will have the same mission – to engage audiences and help everyone reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy efficient.”