Below are the 25 minute free drop in seminars from 2019. The seminars for 2020 will be updated in the new year.
Seminars are open to all visitors and no booking is necessary.
1100hrs Futureproofing your property with solar PV
Expert Advice from Solar Plants
Award-winning Solar Plants, the UK’s leading brand for solar PV, will be discussing the different methods of installation, such as solar tiles, integrated solar and battery storage, exploring how these technologies offset the cost of renewable heat and EV charging.
1200hrs How to engage the right architect for your project
Expert Advice from Ercle
This seminar will look at what a the term passivhaus means and how this rigorous environmental standard can provide you with a comfortable home that uses little energy for heating and cooling. In Exeter, the council is building all of its new build housing to this standard. Come and find out why they have embraced this standard and how a Passivhaus self-build could be right for you.
1300hrs Design & Planning your low energy home
Expert advice from Evolved Design Homes
Using modern methods of construction and adopting the principals of passivhaus design, we look into the benefits of good insulation, air tightness and controlled ventilation.
1400hrs Wellbeing starts at home
Expert Advice from Bovey Concept
With the public becoming ever more aware of environmental issues like air pollution and plastics we often forget about our indoors where we spent 90% of our time – more than 30% in our homes and bedrooms. Modern construction has changed in recent years and often the air quality within our homes is worse than outside. Air pollutant levels can be five times higher than outside according to a recent study by the University College London. More stringent energy requirements and air tightness restrict ventilation in new homes; excessive use of plastics in construction cause VOC off-gasing and impact on air quality. Nowadays a standard paint can contain more than 150 different petrochemical substances, some of which have even been proven carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic.
This seminar will investigate the potential impacts from modern construction on air quality, our health and well-being, what to look out for and avoid and demonstrate how we can create healthier, more productive and life-enhancing environments for ourselves and generations to come.
1500hrs Wrapping a Timber Frame
Expert Advice from Carpenter Oak
Once you have raised a timber frame there are multiple options for encapsulation, effectively ‘wrapping’ the structure and making it wind and watertight – the wrap is essential for the performance of the building and ensures that it feels comfortable through the seasons.
1100hrs Kitchen Design & Planning
Expert Advice from German Kitchen
The seminar will discuss the merits and pitfalls of good kitchen design which will cover, kitchen layout and general spacing, planning for islands, peninsula’s and breakfast bars. An overview of worktop options.
1200hrs 3D modelling and Virtual Reality in the interiors industry.
Expert advice from Touch Design Group
Explain the differences keys differences between how you draw and present in 2 or 3 dimensions. We would cover the key benefits of drawing in 3D, to both the manufacturer, client and installer. We would demonstrate the differences and advantages of various pieces of software. We would demonstrate the various methods of outputting this information.
Finally we would show actual examples of VR models which would be both displayed on screen but also accessible live to attendees on their mobile devises
1300hrs Why Consider Smart Home Control For Your Home?
Expert Advice from Intelligent Abodes
As expert designers and installers of smart home control, we offer advice on lighting, heating & control. Curtains or blinds to enhance the appearance of your home whilst improving energy consumption. Learn more about discreet audio-visual, networking and security systems, including integrating the latest in technology. We help you to plan you cabling infrastructure for all your smart control, to support your requirements now and the future.
1400hrs Lighting to Inspire
Expert Advice from Amos Lighting
David Amos uses his 30 years’ experience in the industry to demystify lighting, talking through the clever and innovative ways Amos Lighting + Home can use lighting to create difference ambiences and effects in each room.