2023 Green Homes Festival
Alan Macaulay from James Alan Construction Ltd (centre in grey shirt), TV presenter Anna Campbell Jones (front centre) and Gordon Nelson (right) at the 2023 Green Homes Festival.

In August 2022 Scotland’s first ever Green Home Festival took place and FMB members played a leading role during it and also at the 2023 festival. In August this year, the Green Home Festival will return. It is part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe with homeowners as the primary audience. The FMB is a lead organiser of this festival which is delivered by Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) of which the FMB is a member.

What is the Green Home Festival all about?

2023 Green Homes Festival
FMB Scotland President Alastair Raitt presenting at the 2023 Green Homes Festival

Most FMB members primarily deliver construction services (be that a renovation or an extension for example) for homeowners. The home improvements sector is where FMB members thrive, and the Green Home Festival brings this together with the emerging retrofit marketplace. Climate change, delivering net zero and soaring energy prices being the driving forces behind the festival.

So once again, we will engage the public and businesses in helping them to reduce their carbon footprint and improving the energy efficiency of their properties. Gordon Nelson, FMB Scotland Director is involved in planning the individual shows for the 2024 festival. This is where we need help from FMB members.

Is this Green Home Festival free to attend?

Yes. Most of the shows will be run in-person at The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ offices at 10 Charlotte Square Edinburgh. Some of the shows during the week may be delivered online.

What help do you need from me as an FMB member for the Green Home Festival?

As per 2022 and 2023 it would be great to have members participate to share their experience and insights as building contractors. This can be through being part of a panel discussion or through delivering practical guidance to delegates. You could talk through a recent project which combined fabric and energy retrofit measures as part of a renovation.

We are currently shaping the programme along with the other festival organisers which include construction trade and professional associations such as RICSSNIPEF and SELECT.

When will the Green Home Festival take place?

The festival will run for the week commencing Monday 12 August.

How much time will I have to commit?

Each individual show will be around 1 hour long. Of course there will be time spent on preparation before the festival too.

What are the benefits of getting involved?

Both the 2022 and 2023 Green Home Festivals achieved widespread media coverage for the FMB. As well as publicity and a source of potential clients, members would be helping the FMB and the wider membership boost its profile on energy efficiency and low carbon construction. Getting involved will also be a great development opportunity for you and your team.

Please contact Simone McAllister or Gordon Nelson at the FMB to express your interest or to find out more.


Gordon Nelson

Gordon Nelson

FMB Scotland Hub Director, Federation of Master Builders

Director, Federation of Master Builders Scotland

Gordon has nearly twenty years’ experience of working in membership organisations in Scotland and joined the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in 2014. Prior to this, he worked at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and for Unilever in business development, membership management and business-to-business marketing roles. Amongst his responsibilities in his role as the Director for FMB Scotland are public affairs, media relations, governance and representing member’s interests to Scottish policy makers and stakeholders within the Scottish construction industry. Gordon is the Secretary of the Cross-Party Group on Construction in the Scottish Parliament, and he is a member of the Scottish Building Standards Futures Board. Gordon represents the FMB on Scotland’s Construction Industry Collective Voice: which is comprised of the leading construction trade and professional bodies. In spring 2023 Gordon was appointed as an industry co-chair of the Construction Leaderships Forum’s (CLF) Transformation Board.

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