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?
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.
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.