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Futurebuild is proud to announce a new partnership with The Retrofit Academy, resulting in the launch of The National Retrofit Conference taking place alongside Futurebuild 2024. The conference will bring together visionaries and industry leaders to focus on a crucial mission – decarbonising our existing housing stock. It marks a big step forward in addressing how we tackle retrofitting, the biggest climate challenge facing our generation. We are at a watershed moment in tackling retrofitting, it’s so important that we have launched a conference dedicated to it.

The National Retrofit Conference will provide the platform for addressing the challenge of retrofitting existing building stock and creating the roadmap to revolutionise how we approach retrofitting. The conference aims to provide inspiration and practical advice to clients and contractors and the wider supply chain, to follow suit.


The conference will provide a roadmap for retrofit for the coming years, with subsequent annual conferences marking the waypoints in the journey. The line-up of speakers includes government ministers and senior policy makers, key leaders from cities and regions, and thought leaders from inside and outside of the sector. It forms a key goal of Futurebuild’s overall aim which is collaboration, bringing key people together to forge a unified approach towards sustainable living.


The three day conference will focus on Skills, Innovation and Policy and provide the practical solutions that attendees can take away to drive their retrofit programmes forward. Day One: Retrofit Policy, Programmes and Leadership will include sessions focusing on the retrofit policy vision, led by industry leaders, who have been invited to create a conference programme that inspires the action to create change.  Day Two: Delivering the Promise: How Government and Industry is Rising to the Challenge will highlight real-world retrofit case studies and discussions on public sector leadership.  It will also ask the question whether we are getting quality right?  Day Three: Unblocking Skills and Unlocking Innovation explores the frontier of retrofitting from groundbreaking innovations to addressing the workforce’s future needs.


David Pierpoint, Founder and CEO at The Retrofit Academy said: “The timing of this conference couldn’t be more opportune. The urgency to address climate change has never been greater, and the commitment of billions in funding by the government has energised the industry.”


“The National Retrofit Conference, co-located within Futurebuild 2024, will create a roadmap for retrofit that is clear, concise and collaborative, which is our primary goal. The conference’ will share best practice and give practical solutions that accelerate progress toward a greener and more sustainable future. Together, we will scale the ambition and deliver on our promise of a decarbonised built environment in the UK.”


Crucially, this conference and the supporting retrofit expo showcases the large-scale, high quality retrofit projects and the innovators who are changing the game. Despite all the challenges, the race to the top in retrofit is scaling up, moving on and starting to get the job done. 


Martin Hurn, Futurebuild’s Event Director said: “At Futurebuild, we’re not just an event, we are here to spark change and embark together on a transformative journey. Retrofitting is one of the biggest obstacles that we need to face head on, which is why we are excited to collaborate closely with The Retrofit Academy and co-locate a second conference -The National Retrofit Conference – for the first time ever.”


For more information on how you or your company can put your products, systems and technologies in front of Futurebuild’s unique audience and help meet the challenges of delivering retrofit at an unprecedented scale, visit


Futurebuild 2024 will take place from March 5th to March 7th London’s ExCeL. For more details and exhibitor enquiries, visit:


For further information, please contact David Ing at Fabrick on:


Telephone: 01622 754295



Notes To Editor

About Futurebuild: Futurebuild is an event that brings together more than 15,000 building industry influencers and decision-makers with the power to make a difference and form part of a major transformation of the sustainable built environment. By cultivating this type of cross-sector collaboration, Futurebuild is helping to inspire the innovation that is needed to propel the construction industry towards the UK government’s ambitious net-zero target. Such an outcome is essential to creating a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations to enjoy. 


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