BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 3rd April '14

ECO-INNOVATORS RETURN TO GRAND DESIGNS LIVE LONDON

Back by popular demand for the fourth year, ‘Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes’ will return to this year’s Grand Designs Live London, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements.

The handpicked selection of eco-innovations will sit at the heart of the exhibition, allowing unsung designers to showcase their designs and inventions.

As the face of Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud has documented hundreds of buildings over the past two decades. His wide knowledge of materials, technologies and new sustainable practices in the construction market make him a touchstone for inventive products and ideas.

Building on that experience in 2010, Kevin decided to launch Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes, inspired by his passion for innovative eco-friendly product design and green building products.

Here’s the list of innovators curated by Kevin to appear in the ‘Green Heroes’ feature at this year’s Grand Designs Live London, which takes place 3-11 May at London ExCel.

3DWalldecor Bamboo Wall Panels

As the name suggests, 3DWalldecor is a young design company developing three dimensional wall décor.

The wall coverings are modular, paintable, easy to apply and are made from environmentally friendly bamboo pulp. They can be used to decorate the walls or ceilings in your home or office.

Bio-bean

Bio-bean is a green energy company that collects waste coffee grounds and turns them into fuels.

Its patented technique processes biodiesel and biomass pellets from waste coffee grounds discarded by coffee shops, roasters and instant coffee producers.

Drum Lamp – William Heffer

Used washing machine drums are salvaged from local recycling centres and given a new lease of life with this up-cycled product.

The lamps are 90% recycled and handmade from locally sourced and recycled materials – transformed, reinvented and completely disconnected from their past use.

Groundshield Foundation System – Floating System

The established Swedish engineering company ADZMedia has designed and created a robust, adaptable green foundation product called Groundshield.

The components work together to give an energy efficient, self-shuttering and lightweight foundation system that’s quick and easy to install – and requires minimum excavation work.

Innotherm Insulation

Innotherm insulation is an environmentally responsible eco-insulation. It can be used for both thermal and acoustic insulation along with building insulation for wood frames, roofs, floors and sarking.

The insulation is made from 85% recycled denim/cotton, which has a low embodied energy and is recyclable when removed. It also allows the reduction of stud sizes in timber frame construction.

Isocrete Green Concrete Screed from Flowcrete

The Isocrete Floor Screed is a green concrete which incorporates a heavy-duty, self-smoothing and environmentally friendly surface underlayments, along with resin bonded systems, surface treatments and damp-proof membranes.

The range has been designed to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible, from the moment of manufacture through transportation, instillation and even during the lifetime of the building.

TING Flooring and Panels

TING’s luxury leather flooring re-works vintage leather belts to create a beautiful, glossy and hardwearing surface. As well as floors, the patterned material is also suitable for walls, table tops and feature areas.

Each belt is hand selected to ensure a high grade of leather and durability; the belts are then stripped of their metals, hand cleaned and prepared for processing. The composition for each tile or panel is carefully created in-house to assure the correct pattern and colour balance for each installation.

William – Wrought Iron & Brash Bed co

Green and robust, these contemporary wrought iron bed sets are fashioned from old scaffolding and railings coated with one of the best low CO2 powders.

All beds are hand made to order in Norfolk and are guaranteed for the buyer’s lifetime.

For tickets to Grand Designs Live London, visit www.granddesignslive.com or call the booking hotline on 0844 854 1348. Tickets cost £12-16 on a weekday and £15-19 over the weekend. Children aged 15 and under go free with a paying adult.


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