Making the most of a visit to Ecobuild 2015

Green Energy

It’s March the 3rd, you registered online earlier in the year, received your free ticket, and you’ve booked a couple of days off work … it’s time for Ecobuild 2015.

The world’s largest showcase for the built environment is coming back to London’s ExCeL on 3rd – 5th of March, and this time it’s better than ever. Here are some tips on how to get there and how to make the best use of your time once you’ve arrived.

Getting there
Whether you are driving or taking public transport it’s important to plan your journey in advance.  ExCeL is served by excellent road and rail links and, if you are feeling adventurous, you can even take a Thames Clippers boat and a cable car. If you decide to drive there is plenty of pay and display parking at the venue. Visit to check out what works best for you.

Getting started
Once you arrive, with so much going on, it could be easy to get a bit overwhelmed. The first piece of advice is to plan the day to make sure you get to see everything you need to. Some of the exhibitors and seminars just won’t be relevant to installers, no matter how visually appealing they may be.

Luckily the Ecobuild website ( has a full list of every exhibitor who will be there, and you can search by the products and services that they offer, so it’s easy to find the experts that you want to talk to.

Features, Seminars and Conference Programme
Installers will definitely want to pop along to the numerous features going on. More than exhibits, these features are interactive, combining guest speakers and industry advice with showcases of the latest sustainable technologies.

One of the best places to start is the hugely popular Practical Installer. In a ‘business clinic’ style, Plumb Center’s experts will help put profit in the pockets of every installer, whether just setting up, surviving or thriving in the renewables market. Acting as the business hub for Ecobuild’s Energy Section, this feature will focus on the lucrative biomass and heat pump markets.

There will also be a comprehensive daily installer-based programme of seminars and demonstrations in the Practical Installer live arena where installers can learn how to save their customers money on their energy bills, how to use apps to make their job easier and how to make the most of the RHI.

The Green Energy zone will equip energy professionals with the most up-to-date expertise spanning the green energy sector. Looking at the specification and delivery of low and zero carbon energy technologies to homes and other buildings, hot topics to be covered include determining the most cost effective technology for specific applications, meeting regulations, leveraging FITs and the RHI.

And, in the Solar City zone, installers can see seminars and practical demonstrations covering all aspects of the solar PV market in the UK. Visitors will be able to listen to live debates and practical case studies from industry experts.

Installers might also want to check out the seminar and conference programme.  Each seminar concentrates on delivering practical and applied information, and is structured to provide key learning points, supported by case studies, analysis, and examples of best practice. And, in the conferences industry leaders will be speaking about the latest developments in renewables and sustainable construction.  Visit for more information on the seminar and conference programme.

Taking a break
With so much to see and do it is important to take a break every so often during the day.  There are plenty of food and beverage outlets where you can get everything from a coffee and a sandwich to a curry and a pint, all within the exhibition centre.  And, if you want to get some fresh air and stretch your legs, you can head outside and stroll along the Thames.

If you haven’t already registered for your free ticket go to and fill out the form.