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Ecobuild Exhibition beating the credit crunch

Feb 17

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The biggest event in the world dedicated to sustainable design and building will be bigger than ever this year.

Despite a lack of activity on many UK building sites, this March's annual Ecobuild exhibition will be bigger than ever. According to the organisers it is “the biggest event in the world dedicated to sustainable design, construction and the built environment.”

Now in its fifth year, Ecobuild started life in September 2004 as a small ‘green’ building conference. It quickly developed a following amongst architects and pioneering designers interested in sustainable construction. The event has doubled in size each year. The 2009 event will occupy the entire ground floor of the Earls Court exhibition centre, with over 800 exhibitors showcasing their sustainable construction products. 30,000 visitors are expected. Over 100 free practical seminars are scheduled, with 500 speakers, covering everything from Making Micro Renewables Work to Refurbishing Britain and Regulations Revealed.

Event Director Moira Edwards said “We're not immune [to the credit crunch] of course, but we are finding that businesses are allocating their marketing spend more carefully than ever and many are choosing Ecobuild as the main focus of the year's activity. The event has gained a reputation for a having a real 'buzz' about it...”

Now the construction industry has begun to understand that sustainability is essential to its future, she also feels that the three themes of the exhibition; sustainability, efficiency and innovation, are central concerns for any business, especially in the current climate.

The event runs 3rd-5th March and is free to all, register via



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