Yesterday was the beginning of this year’s Grand Designs live event, taking place in Birmingham’s NEC from the 4th to the 8th of October. The event marks the 18th year of Grand Designs live with the aim of celebrating creativity and innovation.
As renowned design expert and Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud officially launched the event with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony, he ensured to direct the focus toward a very important theme, accessible green living.
The event hosts a number of projects including workshops, informative sustainability talks from specialists alongside a special Q&A entitled ‘Ask the Expert’, providing a platform for discussion to unfold around the big topics of the day. The intention: to promote eco-friendly, green living with a push towards decarbonising homes.
At present, homes in the UK are the most inefficient in Europe. Therefore, in a bid to reach targets aimed at protecting both our climate and planet, it is crucial that we are educated on the topic of decarbonisation. This can be achieved by reducing your home’s carbon load; i.e. through using more efficient appliances, preventing energy leakages and adopting renewable energy sources.
A key feature of the event will be the first Grand Designs show home – The House Of Grand Ideas by OVO – which will inspire people, allowing them to conjure their own ideas. The theme of inspiration can be seen woven through the entire event, with a particular focus on the ‘next’ generation and their ‘greener’ future.
The aim is to educate society regarding the importance of sustainability from a young age. We have already witnessed a desire from younger generations to protect the planet; through events like rallies, marches and within inspiring speeches from figures like Greta Thunberg. Therefore, events like these are important for all members of society in taking that first step forward towards leading a more sustainable life, and saving our planet.
With this in mind, the Grand Designs live event will be showcasing the work of students from ‘Hall Green School’ and ‘Moor Hall School’ (before and after school clubs) who took part in a design project. In which, they were challenged to make dream house models using only recycled materials.
The importance of education around sustainability is further reiterated throughout ‘Grand Designs Live’ with the project ‘Green Grads’ returning this year in Birmingham. Green Grads shines a spotlight on talented UK university graduates who are dedicated to tackling environmental issues as well as promoting waste reduction and biodiversity.
Grand Designs Live shows that people can still achieve their dream home whilst making eco-conscious decisions in a bid to make their homes self-sufficient and net zero. In fact, the Green Heroes shortlist has been erected with this very much in mind. Each year Kevin McCloud himself hand picks candidates to make the shortlist, candidates who are innovative and environmentally forward thinking.
Richard Morey, director of Grand Designs Live described the Hero’s shortlist as, “showcasing groundbreaking eco-friendly concepts” which would “promise to add an extra layer of creativity and sustainability to this extraordinary showcase.”
The five day event is sure to be a feast for the senses with stunning displays and designs ranging from kitchens to bathrooms and living rooms to gardens. However, this year the event will have the added benefit of its fresh approach; adopting an eco-friendly tone at the forefront of many projects.