These were some of the key talking points at EcoBuild 2015:
1. Processes are as important as materials.
The most efficient processes use sustainable local materials that are also lightweight, for cost-effective transportation. These materials should generate minimal wastage during construction as well as using few individual components, all of which should be recyclable at the end of their natural life so they can be cost-effectively reused elsewhere. This is the philosophy Merson Group has championed for many years, throughout its various specialist signage and construction sectors. It was greatly encouraging to have so many people enquiring about our processes at our stand this year.
2. Environmental considerations have never been so important.
3. There’s a growing awareness of changing weather patterns.
It’s essential that modern buildings are designed to cope with today’s exceptional climate, and precipitation is a particular problem. Met Office statistics show that the Argyll & Bute region of western Scotland receives 2.2 metres of rainfall every year, while floods have been reported in various parts of the UK almost every week so far this year. There’s a growing agreement within the construction sector that buildings must be designed in anticipation of protracted periods of heavy rainfall, since conventional gravity-fed guttering systems are often overwhelmed in these circumstances.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that sustainable and cost-effective solutions like our CGL RainPulse system attracted so much interest from EcoBuild attendees like Balfour Beatty. RainPulse’s third-generation rainwater management system can augment its gravity-fed drainage with pulsing outlets that activate during heavy rainfall, to displace greater volumes of water than would otherwise be achievable.
4. Companies are realising that sustainability and cost savings go hand-in-hand.
Click here to find out more about Merson Group’s long-standing dedication to sustainability. We hope to see you again at next year’s EcoBuild event…