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Green Living Live: 5 of the best talks on sustainability

Get expert advice on and solutions for eco-friendly self-build and renovation projects

By Victoria Purcell | 26 September 2022

Green Living Live, powered by renewable energy experts myenergi, makes its debut at NEC Birmingham from 5-9 October 2022. The event, which launched at Grand Designs Live at ExCeL London in the spring, is dedicated to showcasing innovative eco-friendly products and services from sustainability conscious companies. Plus, all visitors gain entry to Grand Designs Live, which runs concurrently.

A highlight of the event is the Sustainable Future Theatre. Devoted to issues surrounding low-impact self-build, renovation and retrofit projects, the theatre hosts talks and panel discussions on topics such as solving the energy crisis, achieving a net zero household and biophilic design. Here, Grand Designs magazine picks out five talks you won’t wont to miss.

1. Helping households achieve net zero

5, 6 & 7 October, 11am

Tom Callow, Head of External Affairs at myenergi, takes to the stage to demystify energy. At a time when fuel prices are on the up, Tom will offer advice on how you can harness renewable energy to decarbonise your home.


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2. Saving energy at home with a heat pump

6 October, 12pm

As more renewable sources are connected to the grid, electricity is becoming increasingly low carbon. Jessica Forster, Brian Horne and Ben Whittle from the Energy Saving Trust will discuss how heat pumps are a great way to decarbonise our homes and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

3. Practical self-sufficiency with James Strawbridge

7 October, 1pm

Self-sufficiency doesn’t have to mean moving to the countryside to live off the land. Cornish chef, TV presenter and sustainable living expert James Strawbridge discusses the small lifestyle changes that can make a big difference, from cutting back on plastic or food waste to growing vegetables, baking bread and making jam.

4. Biophilic design

6 & 8 October, 1pm

Biophilic design takes humans’ innate desire to be around nature and incorporates it into residential and commercial architecture. In this talk, interior spatial designer Petina Julius shares her expertise in incorporating the principles of biophilia into the built environment using natural light, materials and more.

5. A guide to sustainable renovations and extensions

9 October, 3pm

Award-winning RIBA Architect James Furzer of JFD Architects strives to produce environmentally conscious buildings. In this talk, he offers insights into what it is to be sustainable, from building methods to construction materials and energy systems.​


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More about Green Living Live

As well as insightful talks, you will also find products and expert advice on all aspects of low-impact self-build, renovation or retrofitting projects, from eco-friendly building materials and furnishings to insulation, sustainable energy systems and electric car-charging equipment. To find out more about the show, visit For tickets, visit

Please note that schedules can change due to unforeseen circumstances. For the latest schedule, see and double-check the talks times on arrival at the event.