Retrofit for Housing Seminar Invitation
19th December, 2011
Meeting the retrofit challenge - Thursday 2nd February 2012, Manchester Conference Centre
Fuel poverty is probably the biggest challenge facing social landlords today. Nearly one fifth of social homes are so badly insulated and poorly heated that their tenants are classified as living in fuel poverty.
Things are set to get worse, the cost of carbon-based energy is predicted to rise dramatically in the next ten years as demand exceeds supply and the result is that one quarter of households, across all tenures, are expected to sink into fuel poverty.
The government’s main initiative to deliver retrofit is the ‘Green Deal’. This aims to make buildings more energy efficient at no up-front cost to the occupiers, with measures being paid for from savings to subsequent energy bills.
Registered providers have more experience than most when it comes to implementing large scale improvements. Using their decent homes skills, they are well placed to deliver the Green Deal programme, and with social housing accounting for over 4.5 million homes, ministers are expecting providers to take a lead in the delivery of this green policy.
The Retrofit for Housing solution
To support landlords through such a challenge, Retrofit for Housing have developed a series of retrofit frameworks that focus on a holistic approach – understanding the retrofit supply chain, educating residents, aggregating purchasing, building capacity in the labour force and developing training to plug skills shortages.
Retrofit for Housing will enable all social landlords to refurbish their housing stock sustainably and cost effectively. The framework brings together everyone in the retrofit supply chain, from product suppliers, merchants, contractors, fitters and independent consultants to housing officers, tenants and local employers.
The Green Deal is due to be introduced in 2012. Registered providers will be critical to its success, but this will only happen if the sector adopts a joined-up model to retrofit. That means combining its purchasing power to ensure best value, contain future costs and encourage developments in green technology and tenant engagement, but it also means connecting every step of the supply chain. A collaborative approach is vital in achieving effective retrofit in the long term.
Retrofitting is the single biggest challenge facing the social housing sector today. If your organisation is looking to reduce carbon emisssions or fuel poverty by improving its housing stock this seminar is essential.
The event will seek answers to the retrofit challenge and discuss viable solutions to the Green Deal.
Who should attend?
This seminar is aimed at senior decision makers in strategy and planning, finance, business development, asset management, procurement and those with regeneration and sustainability responsibilities in housing organisations.
An exhibition will allow delegates to interact with a range of product suppliers appointed to the Retrofit for Housing frameworks.
|9.15||Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing|
|10.00||Welcome and introduction|
|10.10||Keynote speaker – meeting the retrofit challenge|
|10.30||Keynote speaker – how will the Green Deal change the housing sector?|
|11.00||Refreshments and exhibition viewing|
|11.15||Green Deal provider - strategies for success|
|12.00||Retrofit in practice: Member case studies|
|12.45||Lunch and exhibition viewing|
|1.30||Resident engagement: the key to unlocking benefits from your investment|
|2.15||Making retrofit viable: cost reduction through frameworks|
|3.00||Refreshments and exhibition viewing|
|4.00||Closing remarks and close of seminar|
|4.15||End exhibition viewing|
|*Programme is subject to change|
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