March has been a very busy month, with one of the highlights being theEco-Building and Energy Efficiency (ECOBEE) Conference. ECOBEE is an Interreg IVa funded project, being led by Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust, a charity focused on developing the green building sector.
Held in Plymouth, the theme was supporting Behavioural Change by increasing knowledge and awareness of ways to improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of buildings. It was a very lively conference including exhibitions and afternoon workshops demonstrating the sustainable construction and energy tools identified and developed by the ECOBEE project partnership, a special thermal imaging workshop for schoolchildren and a prize-giving event.
Over 100 people attended, half of them from France, as there are strong links between ECOBEE and its partner organisations in areas such as Brittany and Normandy. The ECOBEE Project aims to further the development of eco-construction and energy efficiency in buildings in the channel area by pooling existing knowledge, tools and techniques to assist businesses in the construction and housing sectors and by sharing newly gained knowledge to support behavioural change among building users.
We provided a team of 4 to assist with interpreting simultaneously between English and French to keep the debate flowing and make sure everyone could participate. It was good to play a key role in the delivery of such an interesting and topical event and we are sure that the delegates found it just as stimulating as we did.
Also discussed was the project ‘Low Impact Building using Natural Materials’, it is another Anglo French Interreg 4A project involving a French lead partner, Etudes et Chantiers, Constructys and Pays de Fougeres and two English partners, CSBT and Petroc. LIBNAM had its own series of meetings and site visits, the day before the ECOBEE event and again we provided simultaneous interpreting to help all the participants communicate their ideas and initiatives.