Eden showcases sustainable construction

The Eden Project in Cornwall is to hold an exhibition on sustainable construction.

Eden, which is celebrating its 10th year, will host the exhibition organised by the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust.

The exhibition, on the 8th and 9th of April, will showcase the green building options that are now available in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The exhibition will focus on the renewable energy sector and sustainable building training and skills.

Visitors to Eden will enter the site through the Renewable Energy Street where they will be able to find out about solar hot water, solar electricity, biomass boilers, wind power systems and heat pump options.

They will also be able to find out about the Feed in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive and to decide whether their own properties could benefit from them.

Exhibits will include a demonstration timber framed home, which will be erected on site and a demonstration of a biodigester, which converts food waste into energy.

Seminars for the construction sector will outline the education opportunities in sustainable construction and the possible career paths. For those working in the sector already a range of seminars will cover topics from low impact building materials to living roofs.

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."

Since its opening in 2001 Eden has seen almost 13 million visitors and has earned the local economy over £1 billion. Alison Brown


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