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Ecobuild 2013 conference programme unveiled

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altOrganisers of Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, announces today the line-up for its highly acclaimed conference programme returning to London’s ExCeL from March 5-7, 2013.

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Lord de Mauley; Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Resource Management, the Local Environment and Environmental Science and Rhian Kelly, Director for Business Environment at the CBI are amongst a plethora of top industry names signed up for 2013. Ecobuild also has commitment from The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to provide ministerial speakers to be announced soon.


Key tests proceed for re-healable concrete

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altExperimental concrete that patches up cracks by itself is to undergo outdoor testing.

The concrete contains limestone-producing bacteria, which are activated by corrosive rainwater working its way into the structure.

The new material could potentially increase the service life of the concrete - with considerable cost savings as a result.


‘Construction projects can help the environment’

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altBritain must not “be afraid” of starting major construction projects because of environmental concerns, Owen Paterson said today.

The Environment Secretary told the conference that major infrastructure schemes like Crossrail can in fact have benefits for the environment.


Wales Millennium Centre wins awards

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altWales Millennium Centre scooped the award for Sustainability and Environmental Impact at the recent British Institute of Facilities Management Awards, presented by Clive Anderson.

The BIFM Awards recognise companies which demonstrate excellence and world-class credentials in facilities management and the ceremony was attended by 1300 industry professionals.  

Sustainability has been at the heart of Wales Millennium Centre’s business from the outset. Its programme of continual improvement and environmental efficiencies enables the Centre to plough more financial resources into its artistic and charitable objectives, especially education, and outreach work across Wales.


Rockwool to show fire prevention benefits of Green Deal

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altA leading insulation firm has launched a campaign to encourage consumers to take up the Green Deal because of the added benefits it could bring in terms of protecting homes from fire.
Rockwool, the UK’s leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation, has launched an online video campaign called Does It Burn?, in which it aims to educate the public about the added benefits of insulating their homes beyond the energy efficiency ones of the Green Deal.

Video campaign
The YouTube video series, which launched today, shows £500 cash being placed into a mini-house made of Rockwool and then blasted with a flame thrower. The cash is then extracted from the box undamaged. The £500 represents the energy bill savings the Energy Saving Trust estimates householders could make by investing in external solid wall insulation in a gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms.