Hattie Hartman makes some very interesting points in the below article.
At this years EcoBuild manufacturers were hell-bent on pushing innovation in terms of cost and time savings. This was especially evident around those manufacturers pushing for project work through the residential, housing developers and local authority work.
Ecobuild is quieter than ever this year. This may be partly down to sustainability fatigue, but also is certainly a reflection of what Levitt Bernstein’s head of sustainability Clare Murray terms the government’s ‘bonfire of sustainability regulations’. Occupying ExCel’s north hall only and with a restricted seminar programme, the usual buzz and eco-frenzy are noticeably absent. Tuesday was housing day. Panelists Tony Pidgley of the Berkeley Group, Rowan Moore of The Observer and David Sheridan of Keepmoat agreed that solving London’s housing crisis requires strategic vision and government intervention due to the capital’s high land values and lengthy planning process. To deliver more affordable housing, Pidgley advocates clarity from government - such as a requirement for 30 per cent affordable housing for every development – with rents linked to average wages in the area.