Carbon house exhibition

„How big is your footprint?”
Exhibition at the National Botanical Garden - Vácrátót

On the 7th of November 2012 the exhibition with the title „How big is your footprint?” was inaugurated during a ceremony at the Centre for Ecological Research, Institute of Ecology and Botany of HAS, with the participation of Her Excellency Tove Skarstein, ambassador of Norway and Tamás Németh, general secretary of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.The exhibition was constructed in the Carbon House visitor centre as part of the investment supported by the „Innovative geothermal and biomass based heating system at Vácrátót” project.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness about the environmental constraints. The transfer of messages is supported by the passive house construction of the Carbon house of 400 m2. Separable conference area is provided at the first floor for maximum 80 participants. 40 photovoltaic panels ensure the production of electricity required per year for the operation of the building.

The exhibition at the ground floor occupies 92 m2 . Beside the visitors of the Botanical Garden, the target audience includes students and experts of energetic engineering. The exhibition introduces the visitors to the importance and consequences of climate change, its’ impact on biodiversity, the different types of renewable energy and the geotherm project. The language is adapted to laymen and includes interactive elements. We can visit a climate friendly home with opportunities to save energy. The visitor can face his/her responsibility in changing the mode of life and consumer attitudes. Is consumption and the accumulation of goods the only way to increase well-being? The exhibition provides alternative activities.

The exhibition is open to the public from April 1st to October 31st at the opening hours of the greenhouses (Mon. – closed; Fri. 8:00-13:15; all other days 8:00 - 15:45). The entrance ticket to the garden is valid to the exhibition.