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Low Carbon Building and Sustainable Building Practices Key Focus at 100% Detail

Low carbon building and sustainable building practices will be a key focus at building design exhibition 100% Detail. The event, which forms part of 100% Design London, takes place at Earls Court on 20-23 September 2007.

Now in its fifth year, 100% Detail is established as the UK’s definitive exhibition for innovative building products and materials, with over 150 companies handpicked by a panel of industry experts. In 2006, the show attracted 21,557 visitors, up 14% on the previous year. Within 100% Detail, will be an expanded 100% Materials section. The show will take place in an inspirational environment created by 100% Design London’s new creative director Tom Dixon.

Low Carbon Building Programme
Central to this year’s event will be the 100% Detail Low Carbon Building Programme. It will comprise of high-level seminars and practical workshops as part of themed days at 100% Design London; Thursday’s programme revolves around Low Carbon London, Friday Low Carbon Strategy and Implementation and Saturday will focus on Sustainability.

Talks to be held in the Finnforest Merk Theatre designed by Tom Dixon will examine the future of cities in response to the need for carbon reductions. Workshop highlights include a case study of Gallions Park as London’s first zero carbon development, the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics and retrofitting strategies. Greenpeace will present a seminar looking at their research and work into decentralised energy.

What makes 100% Design London events unique is that all exhibitors are selected by a multidisciplinary panel of industry experts. Here they include Max Fordham (Max Fordham Consulting Engineers), Andrew Waugh (Waugh Thistleton Architects) and Charles Walker (Zaha Hadid Architects). The ability of products to contribute to better and more sustainable building practices is an integral selection criteria for 100% Detail. This year, a newly launched Low Carbon Bursary Scheme provides assistance with stand costs for potential exhibitors.

Addressing the use of recycled/sustainable materials are returning exhibitors Durisol UK with cement-bonded recycled wood fibre blocks and Pooleline Systems (Invotek) strawboard made from wheat straw. In the 100% Materials area, exhibitors include Crystal Architectural Products recycled glass tiles, Tabu FSC certified veneers and Futimis Systems eco-resin sheeting.

In relation to energy performance requirements, particularly for the Part L building regulations, Monodraught Sunpipe, Passivent natural ventilation system and Schott Solar photovoltaic film for windows are amongst the highlights. Index Building Products will feature their green roof systems, ideal for efficient thermal insulation, water retention and filtration and importantly, a rooftop respite from the urban jungle.

Engineered wood products continue to have a strong presence while services include Arrk Product Development Group for rapid prototyping, NSC colour centre and AMX wireless control systems.

New faces this year include Ivory Egg (UK), Mia Designer Surfaces, Elefant Gratings and door systems manufacturers Royde & Tucker Exhibitors come from around the world to show at 100% Detail, including a strong European representation from France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Norway.

Special features
The hugely popular Cool Wall debate returns on Sunday 23 September. A shortlist of architectural practices will have three minutes to convince a jury of experts and the audience, who get the final vote, that their project is the coolest.

The Wood Awards shortlist will be unveiled on the first morning of 100% Detail and exhibited on The Wood Awards stand. The award recognises outstanding design and craftsmanship in wood.

Discover the future of materials
Within 100% Materials, will be a special installation curated by materials author and expert Chris Lefteri. Evoking a kitchen environment, this hub will host workshops focusing on sustainability. Features include shredded bank notes, biodegradable plastics and specially commissioned objects using experimental materials.

Part of 100% Design London
100% Detail and 100% Materials are co-located within 100% Design London which also incorporates 100% Light and is joined in 2007 by 100% Futures, an exciting showcase of emerging design talent.

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