|North Balcony, outside EEN meetings|
With an excess of 1300 exhibitors, the North and South halls were packed with stands from the large multinationals to the small few square metre start-ups. There was not only variety but also duplication, as you might expect. As one architect commented to me, there were also over 100 thermal/solar panel providers as companies jumped into this market. Numerous meetings and seminars were held in the galleries located on the floor above the long sides of the halls.
|Meetings at stands|
Keywords that emerged were the "Passivhaus" standard and "Retrofit".
My pocket pedometer clocked up over 8000 steps (6km) on the day I was accompanying two German companies to their specific meetings. The saving grace was access to the VIP lounge upstairs for a seat and drink at various points during the day.
It is practically impossible to gather a full insight of everything at Ecobuild during your visit. So if you are thinking of coming to the next exhibition, I recommend searching through the exhibitors online and selecting highlights to visit in advance.
One thing I can say about the visit - It's worth it!
Find out more about the mission by following the links below
- NRW Green Building Services Companies on a Mission to London & Ecobuild 2011
- The People Leading the NRW Green Building Services Companies
- Personal Impressions: EcoBuild
- Retrofitting Existing Homes in the UK
- Supporting the NRW Mission to London 2011, Green Building Services
NRW Mission Brochure at http://goo.gl/XbOOF
A project of NRW International.
Supported by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy, Building, Housing and Transport of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Organised by Marie-Theres Luetje, Handwerkskammer Duesseldorf.
Realised by Mark Dodsworth & team, Europartnerships Ltd.