The Dynamic Earth Centre, Edinburgh was an appropriately dramatic backdrop for the Council for Aluminium in Building’s (CAB) 2007 Scottish Regional Meeting where Members and their guests were briefed with a series of key marketing and technical updates and new initiatives. In an exhilarating mix of provocative smells, dramatic sounds and stunning visuals, the venue explains the processes and evolution of life. In this respect and in its focus on climate change it was an exciting way to focus on sustainability – one of CAB’s key themes for 2007.
David Earle, CAB Technical Officer, offered an overview of the Scotland Technical Committee meeting held earlier in the day. The Group has and continues to contribute to Scottish Executive and SBSA consultations on building regulations and standards. Of particular and current interest was the 'Sustainable Design Guide' from the City of Edinburgh Council which quotes that windows in buildings only contribute 3% to a typical building environmental impact. The full document is available to CAB members on their website.
Justin Ratcliffe, CAB Chief Executive, commented on the forthcoming Aluminium Zone at Interbuild where 16 member companies had already booked space equating to close on 1,000 square metres. He added, “Over the last 18 months there has been a significant interest in aluminium products from the PVCu window sector. Couple this with the increased use of aluminium in commercial sector and the industry is currently very busy. The number of aluminium related businesses inside and outside the Aluminium Zone is testament to the resurgence in the material in recent years.” Other points rated by Justin included the Members’ Marketing Conference in January 2008 and working with Palmer Market Research to produce the next 'Aluminium Commercial Glazing Markets' report for 2007. The outline of the findings will be offered to CAB members at an exclusive Members Meeting in February 2008.
After the Members’ meeting everyone experienced an interactive tour by entering a space time machine and going back to the dawn of time itself and experiencing the “big bang”. Over 150 members and guests then sat down to dinner followed by after dinner speaker Robbie Glenn, ex-prison governor, who entertained guests with his experiences in the service.
To finish the evening diners were entertained by Jennifer and Ian who form the acrobat team of 'Silk Sensation'.
The 'Dynamic Earth Centre' structure was designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and completed in 1999. The structure features his trademark tensile fabric tent which forms the top floor of the structure. Underneath there are two further floors which house the exhibition, offices workshops and forecourt. The fabric structure is linked to the floor via a continuous glazed wall, which gives the impression of an outdoor space with excellent views of the city and Arthur's Seat.
Further information about membership is available from the CAB offices by contacting Julie Harley on 01453 828851 or by visiting the website at www.c-a-b.org.uk.