Are you going to Ecobuild next week at Excel London? Not sure where to rest your weary feet? The RIBA and NBS has thoughtfully provided some chairs for you, complete with valuable presentations thrown in.
On 21st March (next Wednesday) I’ll be at the RIBA Village all day, sharing whats going on and meeting attendees. I’ll be live tweeting with the #RIBAvillage hashtag (see stream at the bottom of this post) and posting pictures (and maybe even some video), so if you’d like a mention or a tweetup, pop over to the RIBA stands in the middle of the South side on Wednesday.
Here is a selection of things going on at the RIBA village next week during Ecobould:
CPD sessions (with free seating)
The RIBA CPD Providers network are holding free CPD sessions at Ecobuild. The sessions are 1 hour long and there are 8-10 topics to choose from every day including dynamic high performance insulation, warm edge technology, radiator development and the environmental performance of GRP. Choose from a range here and book in advance to ensure a seat.
Topical Bitesize Presentations (with free seating!)
The NBS Bitesize Theatre has a programme of short speakers throughout the 3 days. no booking required, just drop in. See the programme here.
Highlights include Guy Bampton from DCLG on the Building Regs, Anne Jaluzot on Urban Trees and Angela Brady on Tuesday, David Miller on BIM (Building Information Modelling) for small practices (we were talking about this on twitter just last night) and the new Uniclass system presentation on Wednesday 21st.
Sofie Pelsmaker has written The Environmental Design Pocketbook – she’s talking about the book at the RIBA village on 21st and then doing a book signing at about 4.45. Dr Stephen Hamil is talking about the new Nation BIM Library on Thursday 22nd at 11.30 and if you turn up sooner you can catch the lovely John deSouza from Constructing Excellence.
Even the PechaKucha has seating
The Bitesize Theatre is also the venue for lunchtime PechaKucha sessions from 1pm-2pm. Pechakucha is the ultimate bitesize and ideal for a trade show, you can see several short, informative presentations, each under seven minutes long! If you’ve no time to dawdle, drop in at lunchtime every day for a rapid fix.
Talking about BIM, the NBS National BIM Library will be launched on the RIBA stand during Ecobuild. The library could be a huge resource for architects – events I’ve attended recently have often involved discussions about how good BIM objects can be created and shared by the design and construction team.
There’s an article about The National BIM Library on the NBS website here.
Read about the new Uniclass system here.
Read more about The Environmental Design Pocketbook here.
Visit the new NBS Create website and view the new animation for the launch of this new specification tool.
For me, after an intriguing session on affordable Passivhaus with the Build with Care team in Ipswich this week I’m looking forward to hearing about the TSB funded research project on embodied carbon modelling. Steve Lockley of Northumbria University will present details of the ICIM Project at 11.50am on 21st as one of the Bitesize sessions.
How to get to RIBAvillage?
If you’re coming to Ecobuild you’ll find the RIBA village (which includes all the events above and more) at stand numbers S1630 and S1640, right in the middle of the Southern range (furthest from the DLR sations). Take entrance S5 and you’ll get there.
How to get to Ecobuild at Excel London?
Full details about Ecobuild are on the Ecobuild website – there’s still time to register and its free!
There’s some useful information about how to get to Excel London here.