The organisers of the green home festival, which took place in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time ever, say it was so successful that it is to become an annual event. The team has already begun planning for 2023 because there is so much public interest in sustainable living and low-carbon construction.
The event saw 350 delegates over a five-day period dubbed a renewables jamboree. It was organised by the construction industry's collective voice. It included online seminars and in-person events looking at how Scotland could become a net-zero nation with lots of practical assistance. It was held at the same time as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from the 8th to the 12th of August, giving visitors a chance to see so much more, but there is little doubt that the Green Home Festival was a raging success in its own right. Those attending were able to learn more about flood protection, the use of sustainable materials in building, electric vehicles and how to switch, and the future of the home and living safely within it.
One of the co-organisers, Scotland’s director of the Federation of Master Builders, Gordon Nelson, spoke about how hot woman it was to see just how much interest the public and the construction industry had in the environmental issues and trying to tackle them. He said, ‘many visitors expressed a keen desire to know more about how to make our home safe and energy efficient for the future and how to deploy technology such as heat pumps and sustainable building materials. Satisfying such an interest will be our ongoing challenge, and we are already planning next year's event in which we hope to reach an even wider audience.’
As part of the Green Home Festival, Western Commercial Mercedes-Benz supplied electric vans so that delegates were able to experience travelling in an eVito Tourer from the centre of Edinburgh to the venue in Murrayburn. The aim was to show low-carbon innovation in all its glory and help delegates understand the benefits of switching to electric vehicles. Iain Mason, Director of Membership and Communications at SELECT and Chair of the CICV’s communications sub-group, said: “This extremely successful week of shows has laid the foundations for next year, and the CICV will be aiming to build on it and make subsequent events bigger and better. It has been wonderful to see such enthusiastic support from CICV members and the wider industry, and our thanks go out to the RICS for hosting us at Charlotte Square and also tofor laying on electric vans for the Murrayburn show.”
We cannot wait to see what the event next year brings to the table and will undoubtedly look to continue our involvement in the festival, showcasing and demonstrating the advantages of electric vehicles for domestic and commercial purposes.