Retrofit Roadshows – Coming to a city near you

To achieve the government’s 2050 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% we need to retrofit 700,000 properties a year – that’s 13,000 per week!

So how are local authorities and businesses across the UK meeting this challenge? What will persuade businesses and consumers to invest in retrofits and how can we drive large scale retrofits across the regions?

The UK’s leading national and regional retrofit experts are taking part in 12 Retrofit Roadshows exploring domestic and non-domestic challenges and opportunities by addressing:

  • The business case for retrofits
  • How the regions are meeting the retrofit challenge
  • Latest carbon reduction technology
  • Funding mechanisms and legal issues (ECO/Green Deal)
  • Pilot scheme learning and innovation
  • Delivery of retrofit activity at scale
  • Skills and training

In September the first four Retrofit Roadshows will be taking place. These one day events will be packed with presentations, workshops and retrofit clinics with time set aside to network, plus a comprehensive exhibition of retrofit technologies. Key note speakers include

Retrofit North West (3 September)

  • Opening Plenary (Cllr Tim Moore, Liverpool City Council)
  • How the North West is meeting the retrofit challenge (Maggi Howard, Project Viridis & Anne Parkes, AGMA)
  • Understanding what makes people tick (Dr Will Swann, Salford University)
  • Why retrofits make good business sense (Chris Foran, Peel Holdings Ltd)
  • Making funding frameworks work (Martin Orrill, British Gas)
  • The Commercial Green Deal: making it work for your property portfolio (Christoph Harwood, Marksman Consulting)

Retrofit North East (5 September)

  • Opening plenary (Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council)
  • Taking advantage of Retrofit: opportunities for your business (Paul Varley, North East LEP)
  • Responding to the retrofit challenge in the North East (Martin Walker, Warm Up North)
  • Why invest-to-save makes sense for your property portfolio (Duncan Price, Verco)
  • Retrofitting for the non-domestic sector (Ted Salmon, Federation of Small Businesses)
  • Making the finances stack up (James Bailey, PricewaterhouseCoopers)

This will be the first large event where Warm Up North Local Authority Partnership will share a platform with their newly appointed Warm Up North Contractors.

Retrofit Birmingham & West Midlands (10 September)

  • Opening Plenary (David Thomas, Department for Energy and Climate Change)
  • The National Retrofit Journey (Sandy Taylor, Birmingham City Council)
  • Reaching the Domestic Retrofit Customer (John Swinney, Carillion Energy Services)
  • Why we invested in retrofit (Kevin Turnbull, Birmingham City Airport)
  • Birmingham Energy Savers (Mumtaz Mohammed, Birmingham Energy Savers)
  • Increasing supply chain capacity (Marcus Jefford, Saint Gobain)
  • Learnings from the Green Deal Go-Early Programme (Kenny Aitchison, Wolverhampton City Countil & SHAP)
  • Regional case studies and barriers (Richard Baines, Black Country Housing Group)
  • The Worcestershire perspective (Liz Alston, Worcestershire County Council)

Retrofit Wales (17 September)

  • Opening Plenary (Peter Davies, Climate Change Commission in Wales)
  • The Retrofit Challenge in Wales (Alun D

    avies AM, Minister for Natural Resources and Food)

  • Retrofitting at scale: how we’ve tackled traditional Welsh homes (Alan Cochrane, Willmott Dixon)
  • Driving Demand Among Residents (David Bolton, Melin Homes)
  • Sustaining our stock: tackling traditional buildings (John Edwards, CADW)
  • Technical solutions that make good business sense (Chris Jofeh, Arup)
  • How to finance commercial retrofit (Mike Batt Carbon Trust Wales)
  • Procuring Retrofit in Wales (Milica Kitson, Constructing Execellence in Wales)
  • Our Retrofit Journey (Mark Richards, National Museum of Wales)

Breakout sessions will also include the following clinics:

  • Retrofit to Tackle Fuel Poverty – National Energy Action
  • Engaging SMEs – Federation of Master Builders
  • Developing Supply Chains – Energy Efficient Partnership for Buildings
  • Strategies to Tackle Traditional Buildings – Sustainable Traditional Building Association

A full Retrofit Roadshow programme has been announced through to the end of 2013 – with 12 events over three months – visit for full programme details.

Delegate prices are from only £125 + VAT per person. Discounts apply for multiple delegate bookings across any of the Roadshow events and Public Sector delegates. To book your place visit or call 01743 290001.