BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 02 Apr '15

Sustainable homes, workshops and Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes

This year, Grand Designs Live (at London’s ExCeL from 2-10 May) has even more to appeal to the eco-conscious visitor. It will showcase sustainable houses, building techniques, upcycled interiors workshops and a new feature devoted to eco-technology.

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‘The Green House’

New for 2015, The Green House is an interactive walk-through experience, featuring the latest innovative gadgets and eco technology as well as lighting designs and systems for the home.
You’ll get the opportunity to see a variety of designs available now as well as getting a first look at those launching soon, alongside some award-winning concepts that have never seen before.

One of the featured exhibitors is Pavegen, an innovative clean tech company headquartered in London. Pavegen develops and manufactures flooring technology that converts the wasted kinetic energy from footsteps into renewable electricity.

Imagine a future where applications and networks are powered by the collective footsteps of the public, in both internal and external environments. Pavegen’s highly engaging off-grid technology has the ability to radically change our smart cities, by providing a low-carbon energy contribution and real-time data analytics.

Inspirational prefab homes

Within the surrounds of Grand Designs Live sits the Grand Village. Its innovative show homes are compact, prefab models that can be installed using sustainable resources. Whether you’re interested in living off grid or are simply intrigued by clever design, these full-size homes are definitely inspiring.

There are a few exciting things to see this year: a hand-built echo living house, which sits on minimal foundations to reduce environmental impact; and a full-sized easy dome, which visitors will be able to try their hand at assembling.

Supersized Salvage Feature

If you loved Channel 4’s Kevin’s Supersized Salvage, you’ll love this all-new feature. Ethical upcycling brand Remade in Britain has teamed up with Harry Dwyer, Kevin McCloud’s top salvage expert, to create a series of workshops and seminars dedicated to saving your old products from becoming landfill by turning them into innovative new things. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in a proactive approach to green living.

Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes

In his role at the forefront of Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud has documented hundreds of buildings over the last two decades. This has given him a wide knowledge of materials, the latest technologies and new sustainable practices in the construction market, making him the perfect assessor of the most inventive new eco-products and ideas. Inspired by this passion for innovative eco-friendly product design, in 2010 Kevin launched Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes for the first time.

The feature celebrates the drive towards environmentally aware design. Kevin has selected his top 10 heroes of the past year, ranging from small British inventors to large-scale businesses. Highlights include beautiful wooden light fittings by Tom Raffield, a new sustainable clothes drying method and Adaptavate, a brand that is rethinking the way building materials are made.

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