NES does Ecobuild: did you meet the SAVA team?

Ellie Parker

Armed with a car full of comfy shoes, the NES/SAVA team headed to London last week for the much anticipated Ecobuild exhibition at the Excel. The three day event showcased the best in energy, construction and sustainable design, with exhibitors and visitors alike coming from as far as China.

The hot focus of our stand this year? The Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation – your route into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the SAVA Scheme. 

From 10am each day the bustling crowds flooded the exhibition centre and it was great to see so many new faces – and, of course, to put faces to the voices we have only spoken to over the phone. It was a busy three days, but with the combined expertise of the team, the event was a success and we had a wonderful time. 

"To be taught by SAVA is to be taught by the best"

Our sales consultant, Jayne Davidson, has said, "The amount of positivity about the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation has been so encouraging. With the current shortage of qualified surveyors only expected to worsen, it is the perfect time to consider a career change.

"Each person we spoke to at the SAVA stand had their own story and their own reasons for considering a career in surveying, from the exciting prospect of branching out into a new field, to the appeal of working as an independent practitioner."

And the reputation of SAVA training is still resonant from the early days of training back in 2003. One visitor told us, "To be taught by SAVA is to be taught by the best."  

The SAVA School of Surveying exhibition team.

We had the opportunity to speak with skilled professionals looking for a career change as well as the future generation of surveyors interested in embarking on a new qualification with great career prospects. 

The atmosphere was buzzing - although this may be down to our exciting buzz-wire game!

Do you get a buzz out of houses?

The event gave solar PV installers and other suppliers of renewables the opportunity to diversify, reaching out to a range of new and interesting people, with organisations committed to educating consumers on the benefits of renewable technologies. There were also talks throughout the day by influential speakers such as Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, Lord John Prescott and MP Nick Raynsford - who incidentally opened the NES building back in 2000. 

Green unity

Lord Prescott, speaking on climate change, said, "We're all in it together", addressing the Lib Dem and Conservative representatives on the panel. The struggle for a greener country is a combined effort and new initiatives such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) are certainly significant steps towards improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint.

With such an eclectic range of exhibitors, whilst exploring the exhibition halls I also managed to stumble across some rare treats like the Bat Conservation Trust, which may seem out of place but could not be more relevant to our own surveying cause.  

Bats living in walls and roof spaces can pose a difficulty for homeowners and home-buyers as they are considered an endangered species. It is important for a surveyor to be able to advise their clients on the correct course of action should bats be roosting in a domestic property. The Bat Conservation Trust explains that "bats and their roosts are protected by UK law" which prohibits their disturbance. This also means that professionals carrying out improvements or timber treatments must follow the advice of their local Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation to determine if the work will be harmful to the bats inhabiting the property. 

The Bat Conservation Trust's website is the perfect source of information for both the apprehensive surveyor and the uninformed client.

Once again, Ecobuild has proved a valuable experience to us at NES/SAVA and has shown us that the world of sustainability and energy efficiency is ever-developing, ever-growing and is continuing to offer innovative solutions to conserve not just energy, but also the environment as a whole. And in this constantly changing industry, the career opportunities are only likely to increase.   

We would like to thank everyone who came to the event, especially those who are booked to attend the SAVA School of Surveying Open Day on Friday 17th April. We look forward to seeing you all soon.  



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