Building Green Expo

In October 2011 I have visited exhibition Building Green in Copenhagen.

First of all I have to say that I was disappointed to see so few participants, because I expected much more! And despite that fact that organisers were more than satisfied by amount of stands, I did expect exhibition in more global scale, especially after all that we hear about sustainable building strategies from any kind of Danish media. But I am not undermining the content of exhibition products and technologies. My perplexity was just a reaction to how to find a balance between all talks about sustainability in building sector, and a quite moderate followers of the ideas at the real scale.

So here we go, a short review of green building materials and technologies in Denmark that were presented notably at the exhibition.

Alternative Energy category

Solar panels and  PV systems were presented by Solia, SolarWatt (German manufacturer of photovoltaic modules and systems), Sunit, Latitude Solar (Northern Sweden manufacturer of solar panels), Dansk Solenergi, Clima Care, and Bluetop.

Earth warming technologies were presented by Energy Innovation (heating pumps), IVT Naturvarme (environmental friendly heating pumps), Ren Varme (earth heating systems combine with solar panels).

Cleaning Tech category

Energywise has presented a clean-tech solutions based on solar energy.

Micro Clean has shown a chemical free clean technology to remove mold (that is very urgent now for Denmark, because rainfall has increased).

Anticalc water cleaning solution was presented by AM Tech, and it is a very actual in Denmark because of pipe water here full of calc.

Green Materials category

H+H Danmark has presented thermoblock, a construction material made from aerated concrete with integrated isolation Kooltherm. This material has low energy qualities and can be used in passive house buildings.

Ivarsson has presented a fiber cement that is a light but strong construction  material.

In addition to hard construction materials I add Xella company that has presented a sustainable building block Ytong Energy + (Cradle to Cradle certified), which row materials are in cradle-to-cradle life circle.

Thors-Design presented furniture made from 50 years  old wooden wharfs of disused ferry berths.

Centrum Paele has shown their solution about sustainable piles both in production and installation.

Oras and Mora Armature has presented a high quality, user-friendly plumbing fixtures that save water and energy.

Green walls and roofs were presented by Company GrowTek, company that produce and develop green roof and green walls systems based on grow medium Fytocell. You can see on pictures that their solutions can be implemented both vertically and horizontally.

Sustainable and environment friendly isolation was presented by Tacodan,  Foamglass, Dansk Traefiberisolaring (FSC certified), CBI Danmark  (isolation material based on cellulose), Kingspan Insulation, Pirco, Isoleringsuld (also cellulose based isolation), and Isodan. In the same row stands Isopaint that presented a special roof paint that reflect sun and therefore cut temperature on the roof and cool down the building. Ecological paint was presented by Vovlox, a clay based paint that has an immobilizing effect of harmful substances.

Ardex has presented a range of fills, water proofing and colored concrete floors; by the way all their products are made with concern to  use less nature resources, reduce pollution and use of recycled material.

Strope roofs were presented from Oelleboelle -Taek, those roof are made from local natural material.

Steko System has presented a self-supporting structure made from wooden blocks.

Green (Energy Saving) Technologies category

I want to note that some companies introduced an integrated approach to improve the energy performance of buildings, for example HEF has shown systems+technologies+methods: they have presented windmill installations, intelligent counting systems, heating pumps, earth heating systems, solar panels etc.

Other companies with integrated energy-saving solutions: Comfort Electronics, Smarthome Company, Carlo Gavazzi (smart-house system), Bayer Material Science (isolation plates, window frames, refrigerators, district heating pipes etc.), Max Weishaupt (different solutions of heating systems, condensation of wet spaces etc.), Megatherm Energy (cooling and heating solution, conditioning etc.), Thermex (knowhow in indoor climate solutions), Sand Energy (passive house construction), and Zone Controls (green building solutions from Sweden).

Precision Teknik has presented instruments and equipment to measure buildings abilities such an isolation, moisture level, drafts, leaks etc.

In connection to rain and waste water collection there were presented downpipes systems from Proline.

There was also presented a special non water systems for public bathrooms at hotels, airports and industrial buildings  from Uridan.

Special energy-saving light systems with motion detectors were presented by Esylux (German manufacturer)

Ultra low energy windows were presented by Scandia Windows and Skjern Vinduer. Horn Windows presented a new type of window, that use sun warmth to make better isolation inside the building, and Bruxsafol has shown window films, that have solar protection able to save up to 30% on energy costs. In the same line stands Illumino, a Danish manufacturer of a special glass with integrated isolation.

With regards to the floor materials there were ecological tiles from Schluter Systems, that helps to save energy; tiles from Evers with high-tech qualities (CE marked and LEED certified); and tiles from Royal Mosa (Cradle to Cradle Silver certified).

Building Green Strategy category

Sustainable Projects and strategies were presented by Ramboll. For example the was a project of innovation town in Skolkovo (Russia) with focus on the holistic sustainable approach. Project will be developed according to the Green Code, and will focus on Smart Grid of the entire place.

Danfoss has presented an optimizing management of  building process, where involved people become a crucial factor.

Copenhagen Municipality has shown different cases of green renovation and implementation of green elements (green roofs, rain water collecting system etc.).

Sustainable Innovation Network were offered by InnoByg.

Better renovation strategies, tools and methods aiming to make renovation process more effective,  safe and successful were presented by RENOVER.  The target groups are architects, engineers, build owners, craftsmen etc.

There was also a very lively and filled with knowledge 2 days conference during the expo. Some interesting subjects:
Plus Energy Houses, Energy optimisation in the construction, Sustainable Certification, Green Innovation in Architecture etc.

Thank to organisers for the exhibition – a professional platform filled with communication, experience and knowledge!

  1. April 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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    • April 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Rhett, thanks for your comment.
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