Every year at the beginning of March London hosts the EcoBuild exhibition. Launched in 2005, the exhibition has steadily grown every year to become the biggest event in the world for sustainable design and construction. The exhibition includes an exhibition hall of over 1,500 suppliers of sustainable products and innovative materials. There is also an extensive selection of seminars and conferences discussing sustainable methodology, current policy and the future of the industry. EcoBuild has also managed to attract many famous people with an interest in the industry to speak and take part in debates. Some of the most notable include Joanna Lumley, Edward Davey, Michael Fallon and Jonathan Dimbleby.
This year the exhibition hall was so extensive that it filled both sides of the ExCel Centre, London which covers 60,000 sqm. The exhibition included many interesting stands, the following are some of our favourites from 2013.
This ultra-compact car is a tiny 2.34m long and 1.24m wide. Designed as quadricycle, it can be driven with or without a driving license dependent on the engine size. Although the size is more comparable to a scooter, the Twizy has all the fundamentals of a car, with a chassis, four wheels, steering wheel, pedals and enough room for two occupants sitting one behind the other.
Litracon & Litracon pXL.
This light-transmitting concrete is definitely a material of the future. Litracon pXL contains a specially formed and patented plastic unit that allows light to transmit through the material. The panels are reinforced which allows panels to be made up to a story-high. The light dots appear like pixels on an LCD screen, which makes it easy to create coloured logos and patterns. Litracon is another light transmitting concrete that uses optical fibres. It can be used as prefabricated building blocks or panels. Due to the size of the fibres, they can blend into the concrete to become a component like small aggregate pieces.
Onyx Solar Building Integrated Photovoltaics.
This cool glass system harnesses energy from the sun. It integrates photovoltaic technology within the glass that can be used in curtain walls, skylights, brise soleils and canopies. The idea is to be able to produce clean and free energy from the sun in an aesthetical way. This way photovoltaic technology can be incorporated into the building envelope and therefore guarantees the energy price for the building will remain unchanged for 30 years. The glass comes in a range from transparent to different grades of tint as well as a whole range of colours.
These products show glimpses of the technology that will seriously affect our lives in the future and could also reduce our energy consumption.
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