Date: 
Friday, March 18, 2011 - 11:13

The Eden Project will host Cornwall’s first exhibition of sustainable building on April 8 and 9.

Green Build Cornwall has been organised by Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust with funding support from ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence.

It will showcase green building options and the renewable energy sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as well as training and career development opportunities throughout the country.

Visitors to Eden will enter the site through the Renewable Energy Street where they can find out about solar hot water, solar electricity, biomass boilers, wind power systems and heat pump options. There will also be information about the Feed in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

An exhibition will be staged of local construction suppliers that have adapted or developed their operations to meet the growing green building market.

Elsewhere on site there will be a timber-framed show home and a demonstration of a food waste converter.

Skills Funding Agency’s Mark Williams said: “We are delighted to invest in the development of sustainable construction skills in Cornwall. Strengthening the technical skills of the industry will contribute to the overall quality and success of the renewable energy and green built sectors as they continue to grow in importance and relevance to the Cornish economy.”

Eden's sustainability manager Caron Thompson said: "The interest in building sustainably is increasing rapidly and Cornwall is well-placed to be a leader in this field so we are delighted that this event is being held at the Eden Project.

"It is a great opportunity for visitors to Eden to see some of the fantastic work and innovation going on in and around Cornwall."

Friday’s seminars are aimed specifically at the construction industry and delegates can sign up in advance by contacting admin@csbt.org.uk. The range of topics includes low impact building and recycled building materials, living roofs, waste minimisation and retrofitting.

To register for free attendance and for more information about Green Build Cornwall, contact CSBT on 01726 64651 or claire@csbt.org.uk, or go to www.csbt.org.uk