Drop-in sessions over 3 mornings

January 26 2021

Registration CLOSES 4pm, Mon 25 Jan

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Kent County Council


AM drop-in sessions | 26-28 Jan 2021 | Registration CLOSES: 4pm, Mon 25 Jan || The environment has long been a priority for Kent. Kent County Council recognised the UK climate and ecological emergency back in May 2019, and together with the 13 other councils in Kent and Medway, have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the county to Net Zero by 2050. Our joint action has already seen carbon dioxide emissions in the area fall 40% since 2005, but there is still a long way to go.

Just under a third of the county’s emissions currently come from housing and the domestic sector, and home retrofit will be integral to reducing this as well as tackling fuel poverty. Kent County Council adopted the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy in 2020, which highlights building retrofit as one of the 10 priorities for reaching Net Zero. This will require collaboration across all sectors to reach the wide range of housing, tenures and places.

Join us for three mornings discussing the retrofit of housing in Kent and what we can do to accelerate this agenda. Talks will include some of the best practice already taking place locally and elsewhere, and the barriers and opportunities for retrofit in Kent. There will also be the opportunity to network with others interested in the retrofit agenda.

Priority 5: building retrofit programme
Set up a Kent and Medway net-zero buildings retrofit plan and programme for public sector, domestic and businesses.

Date & Time

January 26 2021 - January 28 2021, 08:30 - 12:00

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Event information

Tues 26 Jan (Morning 1): How are we doing and what have we got to do?

Time Location Description Speakers
08:30-09.30 Networking & Table Chat Join, profile set-up, plus chat and networking on tables. All participants
09.30-09.40 Presentation Welcome: The UK's zero carbon recovery challenge Graham Lock, Founder, Low Carbon Homes
09.40-09.45 Presentation Opening Address: Retrofit challenges for Kent Brian Horton, Horton Strategic
09.45-09.55 Presentation Opening Address from Kent County Council Susan Carey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Kent County Council
09.55-10.10 Presentation Opportunities in Kent - a local authority perspective Eve Lockton-Goddard, Home Energy Officer, Thanet District Council
10.10-10.15 Table Chats Break All participants
10.15-10.25 Presentation Local renewables take-up + analysis & opportunities: group work + Live Q&A Ian Rippin, CEO & Alex Hughes, Operations Analyst, MCS
10.25-10.35 Presentation Addressing local acute issues: carbon reduction/COVID recovery Richard Partington, AceOn Group
10.35-10.50 Tables Group work on tables All participants
10.50-11.00 Presentation A decarbonisation strategy for non-traditional post-war housing Richard Barwick, (RJ Barwick Ltd) for West Kent Housing Association
11.00-11.10 Presentation ENGIE Retrofit session Andy Merrin, Head of Energy and Innovation, ENGIE
11.10-11.30 Presentation Q&A Q&A with presenters & audience feedback All presenters & participants
11.30-12.00 Tables Chat & networking on tables until Close. All participants

Weds 27 Jan (Morning 2): What else can we do?

Time Location Description Speakers
08.30-09.30 Online Join, profile set-up, plus chat and networking on tables. All participants
09.30-09.40 Online Welcome & Day 1 reflections Graham Lock, Founder, Low Carbon Homes
09.40-09.55 Online Stimulating adoption of low carbon tech by homeowners, through awareness & easy access Prof. Erwin Mlecnik,, Delft Uni. of Technology (TU Delft), NL
09.55-10.10 Online Aiding retrofit through effective web portals Oubbol Oung, Project Manager (Built Environment), City of Rotterdam
Online How pop-up consultancy can engage residents to retrofit Lina Nurali, Triple A Project Manager, City of Antwerp
Testing the installation of different technologies in demonstration exemplars Dr Francesca Baylis, Environment Project Officer, Kent CC
10.10-10.15 Online Break
10.15-10.30 Online One-stop-shop for domestic retrofit – a local approach to a national challenge Russell Smith, Managing Director, Retrofit Works
10.30-11.00 Online Best practice & local relevance: facilitate group work All participants
11.00-11.30 Online Q&A with presenters and audience feedback All presenters & participants
11.30-12.00 Online Chat & networking on tables All participants

Thurs 28 Jan (Morning 3): What's holding us back?

Time Location Description Speakers
08.30-09.30 Online Networking opens: log in, set up profiles + chat & networking on tables. All participants
09.30-09.40 Online Welcome & Day 2 reflections Graham Lock, Founder, Low Carbon Homes & Day 3 Chair
09.40-09.55 Online Futureproof: Beis-funded contractor skills pilot Lucy Pedler, Founder & Architect, The Green Register
09.55-10.10 Online Planning: potential interventions & bold asks Karen Britton, Planning Manager, Canterbury City Council
10.10-10.15 Online Break
10.15-10.30 Online Behaviour change & resident engagement Anna O'Halloran, National Consultancy Manager, tpas
10.30-11.00 Online Facilitated group work on morning's topics: on tables. All participants
11.00-11.25 Online Q&A with all presenters & audience feedback All participants
11.25-11.30 Online Summing up Local Kent representative (TBC)
11.30-12.00 Online Facilitated networking continues until close All participants
Online Event (Remo)

Online Event (Remo)

LCH online events use Remo platform and offer a fully interactive mix of  live & pre-recorded talks and Q&A, chat with presenters and attendees, ‘take the mic’ and comment, hosted tables, facilitated workshops with interactive whiteboard, 1-2-One and 1-2-Many  networking and interaction, personal profiles, social links and contact sharing.

Please check the tech basics for joining (eg: device, browser) to get the best user experience at the event:

Brian Horton
Brian Horton Horton Strategic
Oubbol Oung
Oubbol Oung City of Rotterdam - Urban Development
Anna O’Halloran
Anna O’Halloran TPAS
Prof. Erwin Mlecnik
Prof. Erwin Mlecnik Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), NL
Lina Nurali
Lina Nurali Triple A Project
Russell Smith
Russell Smith Retrofit Works/Parity Projects
Graham Lock
Graham Lock Low Carbon Homes
Susan Carey
Susan Carey Kent County Council
Dr Francesca Baylis
Dr Francesca Baylis Kent County Council
Ian Rippin
Ian Rippin Microgeneration Certification Services (MCS)
Alex Hughes
Alex Hughes Microgeneration Certification Services (MCS)
Richard Barwick
Richard Barwick R J Barwick - presenting for West Kent Housing
Richard Partington
Richard Partington AceOn Energy Ltd
Andy Merrin
Andy Merrin ENGIE
Eve Lockton Goddard
Eve Lockton Goddard Thanet District Council
Karen Britton
Karen Britton Canterbury City Council

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