Construction, Industry, Kiss House Team, News, Passivhaus, Sustainability | 14 March 2022
News: Futurebuild ends with hope and sustainability award.
Futurebuild 2022 hosted over 300 game changing brands and 350 speakers and we were one of them.
“We wanted to showcase real structures from real houses.”
James Latham PLC asked us to do a “Kiss House take over” of their exhibition stand at the Futurebuild 2022 exhibition (March 1st to 3rd). The exhibition held at London’s ExCel Centre, brings construction industry innovators and leaders from all over the globe together to share ideas on how the built environment can go beyond net zero.
We asked our MD, Carli Jordan to comment on what we exhibited and on our reaction to winning the most sustainable stand award.
“It was a great show and we were delighted to work with Latham’s. After months of collaborative work we delivered a stand that comprised sections of a real Kiss House (due to be Reading’s first Passivhaus development). The goal was to showcase the Kiss House residential construction system developed with the DfMA expertise of Bryden Wood, which we unveiled for the first time at the show.”
“We used 2 wall sections and an intermediate floor section from a real house which we exploded out by standing them apart from one another and hanging the floor section from the rigging of the exhibition hall. Together the sections formed a simple space within which seminars were delivered throughout the 3 day show.”
“The sections were fully finished at one end and on the exterior walls and a part finished wall and floor section. We wanted to do this so that visitors could see what goes on inside, or in other words the quality of construction and the guts of the system. The intermediate floor section included a cut-out area showing how our service runs are housed; and part of one wall section was left open so that you could see the Passivhaus membrane, insulation and other detailing.”
“Each section demonstrated timber products from the Latham’s portfolio, in-particular those manufactured by Accsys / Accoya and UPM, who also had a presence on the stand delivering presentations on their products. Every material used was selected for its quality and low carbon credentials as calculated by the new Latham’s Carbon Calculator. The stand had real impact. On one exterior section we used Finish Line Raven cladding with a vertical profile and hidden fixtures, alongside a Kiss House Corten Steel shroud detail to stunning effect. On the other we used a raw Accoya cladding with a horizontal profile and hidden fixings, alongside a Kiss House aluminium profile it looked amazing!”
“For the interior sections we used a white stained WISA Birch Ply Premium for UPM, with an Oak Veneered Poplar Ply from Garnica to demonstrate our interior system. On the other we used a Birch Veneered Poplar Ply from Garnica. Both sections were detailed with a light grey Valchromat to stunning effect.”
All in all we had a great show with the whole team attending over the 3 day duration. We loved getting out and speaking to people and talking them through our work, and we have been blown away by the amazing reception we have received. Winning the Futurebuild most sustainable stand award was like the cherry on the cake. Ultimately the stand was all sustainable timber and everything is being reused in a real house. We used QR codes and online materials instead of printed materials and were really careful about how we packaged and transported everything, using zero plastic. We even manufactured the benches in the seminar space using material off-cuts and are now using them in our office.”
“Futurebuild 2022 was a great show full of exceptional people doing great work. We were delighted with the show itself and have been blown-away by the reaction that we’ve had since — not just the stand award but also the articles that have featured us as standouts from the show,” Carli Jordan, Kiss House.
You can read the Futurebuild story that does exactly that here.
If you’d like more on our construction system you can access our Kiss House residential construction system e-book online here.