Presentations from festival events now available to download

Presentations from the first-ever Green Home Festival are now available to download, allowing low-carbon enthusiasts to access the wealth of expert eco advice and information discussed during the week-long event.

Resources have been shared from the 12 sessions that were hosted from 8-12 August by the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with all six webinars also available to watch again.

Free open source information is now available from the following shows:

Protecting against floods
An overview of climate change, focusing on flooding and its impact on people and buildings and how to access support and resources to protect your property. Watch the webinar again here.

Using sustainable materials
Circular, sustainable and homegrown materials such as insulation and the positive impact they can have on the embodied carbon profile of a building. Watch the webinar again here.

Demystifying heat pumps
What are heat pumps? How do they work? And are they suitable for all homes? Find out in this fascinating demonstration of the future of home heating. Download the presentation here.

Transforming a listed museum
How the Burrell Collection enhanced its environmental performance by improving its exterior and replacing power, heating and lighting systems with sustainable technologies. Watch the webinar again here.

Taking the Swedish view
Award-winning Swedish construction company Botkyrkabyggen reveal how they use solar panels, wind turbines, artificial intelligence and district heating to improve energy efficiency. Download the presentation here and watch the webinar again here.

Mitigating climate change
New government standards for net zero in public buildings, using Fife College as an example of how the envelope-first approach can help. Watch the webinar again here.

Retrofitting a tenement
How to reduce heating costs and cut carbon emissions in traditional buildings, including a Q&A and virtual tour of a renovation in Glasgow. Presentation available on request – please email us here.

Leading from within
Professor Chris Gorse issues a call to designers, engineers and managers to lead by example and help build a more sustainable and healthy environment. Download the presentation here.

Building green neighbourhoods
How off-site manufacturing can play a key role in delivering higher performing buildings, using the Granton D1 project in Edinburgh as a real-life example. Download the presentation here.

Hitting the road with EVs
An introduction to electric vehicles, including what to consider when choosing one and how to go about installing an EV charge point at your home. Download the presentation here and watch the webinar again here.

Living safely in the future
What householders can do to ensure their homes are protected properly when installing new innovation. Download the presentation here.

The Green Home Festival was officially opened on Monday 8 August by Patrick Harvie, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights, who told delegates that Scotland faces a “monumental but essential task” if it is to overhaul its aged housing stock.

Targeting homeowners, construction professionals, housing associations and local authorities, the festival saw contributions from the likes of SEPA, Home Energy Scotland, SELECT, SNIPEF, Gardiner & Theobald LLP and Atelier Ten.

Organisers now hope to make the festival an annual event, offering an even wider selection of events to help Scotland become a net zero nation.

The festival is the latest in a string of practical and constructive initiatives launched by the CICV since its creation at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Made up of 29 trade associations, professional services bodies and companies, it has maintained a steady supply of information and practical advice to the sector as well as carrying out surveys, producing animations and posters, hosting webinars and maintaining close dialogue with Scottish Government ministers.