07 - 09 March 2023 | ExCeL, London

07 - 09 March 2023
ExCeL, London

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10:15 - 11.00

Retrofit 101 – new to retrofit? Start here!

What even is retrofit? What does it aim to achieve? How effectively have we done it historically? And how do we make sure we can deliver 27 million high quality retrofits over the next few decades?

Chair: David Pierpoint, CEO & Founder, The Retrofit Academy CIC


11:15 - 12:00

Retrofit Assessment - Standards, Qualifications and Competencies

Good retrofit starts with a good assessment – and bad retrofit with a bad assessment. Do we have enough Retrofit Assessors to do enough quality assessments? And do the Assessors we do have know enough to complete the task well to the required standard?

Chair: Dr Richard Fitton, Energy House Labs Technical Director, University of Salford


12:15 - 13:00

Delivering Successful Retrofit in Traditional Buildings

Looking at the Whole House Approach to Retrofit in Traditional Buildings: The STBA in partnership with Melin Homes and Rhondda Housing Association have undertaken a BEIS project based around the practical implementation of the WHA to Traditional Buildings. The project has un-earthed a range of topics that need addressing, as well as a series of new tools for Housing Associations and the likes to use when following the WHA and associated PAS2035 processes.

Chair: Peter Draper, Director, Sustainable Traditional Building Association


13:15 - 14:00

Housing Stock Retrofit – towards zero carbon

Housing stock owners and managers need to plan for whole house retrofits to most of their homes between now and 2050. It is important to have a comprehensive asset management and investment plan in place so that the resources needed to achieve this can be identified and secured. A cost-effective programme should address the decarbonisation and fuel poverty agendas and integrate repairs, maintenance and retrofit with broader improvements.

Chair: Arnout Andrews, Social Housing & Local Government Manager, The Retrofit Academy


14:15 - 15:00

How can we really get our social housing residents on board with retrofit?

Resident engagement is critical to retrofit. It is undertaken for a variety of reasons, including stronger more resilient communities, driving service improvements, enhancing accountability to residents, and providing social value to individuals and the communities they live in. The benefits of good resident engagement can be considerable in helping social housing organisations meet the retrofit challenge. There needs to be a deep shift in how retrofit is understood, seen, delivered, and maintained to instill trust and behaviour change at every step.

Chair: Nicola Scorer, Social Housing & Local Government Manager, The Retrofit Academy


15:15 - 16.00

10 Years of the Salford Energy House – Lessons for Retrofit

Chair: Professor William Swan, University of Salford, Director of Energy House Laboratories


Will Swan

16:15 - 17:00

Integrating retrofit with asset management and investment planning

Most socially-rented homes are constantly being updated and maintained – new doors, windows, kitchens and bathrooms and roofs are common. This is usually captured in a long-term asset management strategy – but not including upgrades to the building fabric and services with a view to decarbonisation is missed opportunity.

Chair: Arnout Andrews, Social Housing & Local Government Manager, The Retrofit Academy



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