Education Innovation Conference & Exhibition

8th February 2013

Running a school in a sustainable way is not just about renewable energy or low-carbon technologies, it’s about how these work together and – crucially – how the staff and students interact with them. David Frise, head of sustainability at the Building & Engineering Services Association, addresses this topic in a seminar at Education Innovation, a free event for education professionals taking place on 8th and 9th March 2013.

Frise’s session on sustainable schools will outline the things to be aware of when looking at ways to cut energy use or ensure your building is running more efficiently. He explains: “Buildings are rarely operated in the way the original designer intended, so teachers, school managers, or anyone involved with the building, need to ask right at the start of a project – when the contractors arrive on site – exactly how the different systems and controls work.” Frise adds that the technologies involved in green buildings are ideal for the classroom too, and getting the students involved in measuring and monitoring energy use avoids the danger of automated systems being set up incorrectly. He also points out that an eco school might have a biomass system from Austria, working alongside solar panels from China and controls from Denmark, meaning there’s lots of potential for products not to work in harmony – particularly as they will have been installed by different teams with, often, conflicting aims.

Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition (EICE)
takes place during Climate Week and is a listed Climate Week event.

EICE will showcase how technology can be used in the classroom and beyond, to improve our schools, colleges and universities. Event manager David Ventris-Field explains: “We have launched Education Innovation to help education professionals get more out of technology in the learning environment. We know that many in the sector see technology as a challenge, or just another expense and drain on time, but EICE will show them how it can simplify many tasks and enhance education in a very positive way. We are putting together a fantastic line-up of speakers and exhibitors, offering training, advice sessions and workshops to give visitors much more confidence with new technology on every level, even for the most technologically averse."

EICE takes place on 8th and 9th March at Manchester Central. For free registration or to view the full event programme visit

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The event is supported by the Sustainability Exchange. Media partners include the Blue Marble Magazine.

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