July 12, 2022

Patrick Harvie, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Rights to launch first Green Home Festival, with SNIPEF set to play a key role in showing how Scotland can build a greener, more sustainable future

SNIPEF is preparing to play a starring role in the upcoming Green Home Festival, which will be officially opened on Monday 08 August 2022 by Patrick Harvie, MSP as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mr Harvie will be the keynote speaker at the launch of the week-long renewables event, whose aims includes delivering practical assistance and advice to audiences to enable Scotland become a Net Zero nation. Mr Harvie, will be kicking off the Festival at Charlotte Square and commented “This inaugural Green Home Festival is to be greatly welcomed and its organisers, the members of the CICV, warmly congratulated on the initiative.

“The climate emergency is already upon us, and if we're to stand a chance of preventing its worst consequences we need both government and industry to support a transformation of our homes and buildings. Many of the actions and new ideas needed are being advocated by the expert speakers and presenters over the week-long Green Home Festival programme.”

Organised by the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) – of which SNIPEF is a key memberthe five-day event will see 12 in-person and virtual presentations on green topics, targeting homeowners, professionals, housing associations and local authorities.

SNIPEF will be among those presenting events, co-hosting an in-person session entitled Demystifying heat pumps that will help homeowners understand more about the use of the technology to warm the home and reduce carbon emissions.

Martyn Raine, Technical and Skills Manager at SNIPEF, said: “We are delighted to be playing a key role in this inaugural festival and look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with delegates to help inform about renewable technology.”

With contributions from fellow CICV members including SELECT, the Federation of Master Builders and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the range of topics covered by the week of events will include:

  • Retrofitting tenements
  • Building sustainable neighbourhoods
  • Using sustainable materials
  • Protecting from flood risk
  • Hitting the road with EVs.

This first ever Green Homes Festival is looking to become an annual event and key event of the CIVC.

A CICV member and organiser, Gordon Nelson, Scotland Director of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “This event will highlight the important role that construction will play for Scotland to achieve its net zero target in the years ahead, and also help householders understand the new technology and ways of doing things that will be involved.

“Delivered via collaboration across the Scottish construction industry through CICV, we are aiming to make this inaugural event an annual occasion that will help to build a long-term legacy and demonstrate our commitment to greener, low-carbon solutions.”

Full details, including how to book tickets for each event, are available on the Festival’s website at

The festival is the latest in a string of practical and constructive initiatives launched by the CICV since its creation at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Made up of 29 trade associations, professional services bodies and companies, including SNIPEF, it has maintained a steady supply of information and practical advice to the sector as well as carrying out surveys, producing animations and posters, hosting webinars and maintaining close dialogue with Scottish Government ministers.

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