It’s not just the UK that faces the decarbonisation challenge – our continental neighbours are too. What innovations are happening already? And what does the future look like? Lessons from across Europe.
The Verification of Energy Savings through SuperHomes
The UK has 26 million homes that need whole house retrofit to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. But how can the carbon savings from a whole home retrofit be verified and what it is like to live in a such a home? In this session you can find out about the work that has been done by the National Energy Foundation to develop a five star SuperHomes Rating Scheme which verifies the true energy savings following retrofit, plus the health and comfort of residents. In this session you can also hear from a Pioneer SuperHomer about what living in a SuperHome has been like for them.
Chair: Sandra Hayes, Director of Development, The National Energy Foundation (NEF)
The Construction Leadership Council’s National Retrofit Strategy
2021 saw the launch of the long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy. But many people felt this stopped short of outlining a vision for decarbonising 27 million homes in 30 years. Industry bodies such as the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) are calling for a National Retrofit Strategy treating our homes as a national infrastructure priority. Is this needed or are we on track as it is?
Chair: David Pierpoint, CEO & Founder, The Retrofit Academy
What are the key elements of delivery – what did Wave 1 of LADs and SHDF tell us?
The government has stepped up to the plate with millions to be invested in retrofit through local authorities and social landlords. How has this funding been put to use? Is it delivering on its policy expectations and what does this tell us about the road ahead?
Chair: Arnout Andrews, Social Housing & Local Government Manager, The Retrofit Academy
In the construction world, BIM and Big Data are innovative but increasingly mainstream. Does the domestic energy efficiency sector embrace the possibilities that these bring? What approaches are being developed and how could these become a central part of the retrofit revolution?
Do we really need to retrofit our whole building stock to eliminate emissions? Won’t offshore wind power and hydrogen save us? How much wind power would we need to remove the need to retrofit? What role might nuclear power and other renewable energy sources play? How far does retrofit have to go? What is the balance between demand reduction (i.e. retrofit) and decarbonised energy supply?
Chair: Dr Peter Rickaby, Technical Director, The Retrofit Academy