Forum South West

University of Exeter

Forum South West

First forum success!

Low Carbon Homes’ inaugural Forum South West took place on 5th June at the University of Exeter, with delegates from a range of interwoven professions enjoying a rewarding and interesting day of talks, workshops and training.

According the event survey, 82% of delegates stated that the event was important to them and their organisation, 76% would recommend Low Carbon Homes to colleagues and friends, with most (77%) visiting to discover latest energy saving technology, closely followed by a desire to find out more regarding the whole house approach to low carbon living. The Fabric First workshop lead by Lucy Pedler of The Green Register proved to be the most popular session among delegates.

Engineers, consultants, architects, asset managers, energy assessors and local authority officers and councillors shared views and experiences in a fast-paced environment featuring speakers ranging from the fossil fuel, and renewables energy supply industries through to heating technology manufacturers and government-back large scale retrofit programmes.

“It was quite a day…” explains founder Graham Lock, “ …we were certain that our eclectic mix of delegates and speakers would provoke debate, and foster understanding and encourage collaboration. That proved to be the case, and I’m delighted that delegates rose to the occasion and learned a lot from speakers but also from each other. There’s plenty of good practice going on right now, so I hope we’ve shown that the road to low carbon need not be full of risk, and that those good practices can now be more widely adopted, by those who influence and guide consumers.”

The Forum’s morning ‘energy sessions’ were provided by The Green Register, OFTEC, UKLPG and Good Energy. Afternoon workshops were led by Sime Boilers, Kensa Heat Pumps, The Green Register’s ‘Fabric First’ and RegenSW, with Energiesprong UK. National Energy Action ran a two-hour behavioural change training session and Kensa Heat Pumps hosted a visit to a local district heating facility.

Forum presentations

  1. LCH Forum SW – morning ‘energy sessions’ (PDF)
  2. Kensa’s Ground Source Heatpump Workshop (PDF)
  3. SIME’s Hybrid Boilers Workshop (PDF)
  4. The Green Register_PM workshop_Fabric First (PDF)
  5. RegenSW’s ZEBCat & Energiesprong workshop (PDF)

Low Carbon Homes Forums return in 2019 with events planned across the country.

The Forums

Low Carbon Homes brings together key influencers and specifiers (landlords, engineers, policy makers) with solution providers (peers, manufacturers, academics).

The Forums offer local focus within the wider UK context, providing case-study based sessions as part of a tailored programme curated around regional needs. The Forums will give delegates plenty of peer-led inspiration and clear routes towards a low carbon future.

Benefits of attending

Low Carbon Homes Forums will keep you and your peers at the forefront of energy efficiency best practice.

Forums will be:

  • Convenient and regionally focused
  • Concise, relevant, curated content
  • Results orientated
  • Time and cost effective
  • Collaborative
  • Free to attend for accredited, pre-qualified housing professionals

Who should attend?

  • Specifiers/influencers: architects, developers, engineers, private and social landlords, local authority officers, regional policy makers, planners and housebuilders.
  • Installers/engineers: heating engineers, renewable engineers, insulation and building contractors.
  • Housing professionals: energy managers and consultants, facilities managers, property managers, asset managers.
05June 2018
1Coffee, Registration & Displays1000Registration Desk, Reed Hall
2Welcome & Introduction to Low Carbon HomesGraham Lock, Low Carbon Homes 1030Woodbridge Room, Reed Hall
3Fabric FirstDan Weisselberg, The Green Register Woodbridge Room, Reed Hall
4The Energy Sessions - reducing energy demand: The role of the oil industryMalcolm Farrow, OFTEC Woodbridge Room, Reed Hall
5The Energy Sessions - reducing energy demand: The role of the LPG industryEmily Wilson-Gavin, UKLPG Woodbridge Room, Reed Hall
6The Energy Sessions - reducing energy demand: The role of the renewables/electricity industryTom Matthews, Good Energy Woodbridge Room, Reed Hall
7Panel interview session and audience Q&A with A.M. speakersAll AM speakers (Green Register, OFTEC, UKLPG & Good Energy) Woodbridge Room, Reed Hall
8Lunch (with networking, exhibits and technical poster displays)1230Woodbridge Room, Reed Hall
9Workshop choicesWorkshops: (1) GSHP (2) Hybrid boilers (3) Practical solutions to ‘fabric first’ (4) Zero energy buildings catalyst 1300Breakout Rooms, Reed Hall
10Knowledge Partner Workshop 1 - Ground source heat pumpsDavid Broom, Kensa Heat Pumps Breakout Rooms, Reed Hall
11Knowledge Partner Workshop 2 - Hybrid boilersJohn Moran, Sime Ltd , Phil Birchenough, Sime Ltd Breakout Rooms, Reed Hall
12Knowledge Partner Workshop 3 - practical solutions to achieving the 'fabric first' approachLucy Pedler, The Green Register Breakout Rooms, Reed Hall
13Workshop 4: Zero Energy Buildings CatalystMark Howard, RegenSW Breakout Rooms, Reed Hall
14All Workshops repeatLucy Pedler, The Green Register , Mark Howard, RegenSW , Phil Birchenough, Sime Ltd , David Broom, Kensa Heat Pumps Breakout Rooms, Reed Hall
15Workshop Feedback, Q&A, Take-Away ActionsAll PM workshop leaders (Kensa, Sime, Green Register, Regen/Energiesprong) 1430Woodbridge Room, Reed Hall
16Forum Close & Options1500
17Option 1: GSHP Site Visit Site Visit (Kensa Heat Pumps) 1515-1715Residential site, Dawlish.
18Option 2: Training: Energy Efficiency & Behavioral ChangeSteve O’Brien, National Energy Action 1515-1715Reed Hall

Please note, programme may change at the discretion of the organiser


Low Carbon Homes Forum is a free to attend event for architects, engineers, landlords, local authorities and other important influencers of consumers.

* We will only use your details for the purposes of Low Carbon Homes and will NOT share your details with anyone.

Meet Speakers and Knowledge Partners

John Moran, Sime Ltd
John Moran, Sime Ltd
National Sales Manager
With an extensive background in the HVAC industry, John is a highly skilled and experienced sales and operations director. He ...
Lucy Pedler, The Green Register
Lucy Pedler, The Green Register
Lucy will be leading the Practical solutions to achieving the ‘fabric first’ approach workshop at Low Carbon Homes ...
Mark Howard, RegenSW
Mark Howard, RegenSW
Business Support Manager
Mark recently joined the team at Regen as Business Support Manager to work full-time on the ZEBCat project, which is a ...
Tom Matthews, Good Energy
Tom Matthews, Good Energy
Senior Manager - PPA & FIT
Tom is Senior Manager, PPA & FIT at Good Energy. After studying Energy Engineering at the University of Birmingham, ...
Steve O’Brien, National Energy Action
Steve O’Brien, National Energy Action
Energy Training Manager
Steve will be leading the NEA’s training sessions in the afternoon, covering: fuel poverty definition and health ...
Phil Birchenough, Sime Ltd
Phil Birchenough, Sime Ltd
Technical Manager
Phil joined the Sime Ltd team as Product Manager in November 2017. Phil has a wealth of technical experience spanning over ...
David Broom, Kensa Heat Pumps
David Broom, Kensa Heat Pumps
Technical Sales Manager
David has 13 years of experience working with the design and application of ground source heat pumps, of which 10 years have ...
Graham Lock, Low Carbon Homes
Graham Lock, Low Carbon Homes
I’m Graham Lock, founder of Cogent Events – the creators of Low Carbon Homes. Low Carbon Homes is an exciting ...
Dan Weisselberg, The Green Register
Dan Weisselberg, The Green Register
Dan Weisselberg will be our Chair and Facilitator at Low Carbon Homes Forum South West. Dan joined The Green Register at the ...
Malcolm Farrow, OFTEC
Malcolm Farrow, OFTEC
Marketing and Communications Manager
Malcolm Farrow joined OFTEC in 2011 after a career in marketing and communication within the charity and public sector. As ...
Emily Wilson-Gavin, UKLPG
Emily Wilson-Gavin, UKLPG
Public Affairs Manager
As Public Affairs Manager for UKLPG, I am responsible for developing a strong and progressive relationship with the ...

Knowledge Partners

About Kensa Heat Pumps

Kensa Heat Pumps manufactures MCS-accredited ground source heat pumps eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on our site in Mount Wellington Mine, Cornwall.

We believe that everyone should benefit from sustainable, efficient, and affordable heating. Practicing what we preach, all of our commercial buildings are heated using Kensa ground source heat pumps – our factory even utilises water in a disused mine shaft below the site as its heat source!

We work as a partner with many installers, specifiers and housing providers to deliver exceptionally well-designed systems which out-perform the market. The secret is experience and expertise. Kensa pioneered the adoption of heat pump technology in the UK.

About Sime

Founded in 1972 in Legnago, Verona, Sime has been manufacturing advanced and energy efficient heating and hot water solutions for over 40 years and has operating divisions in, Italy, China, Spain, Greece and North America.

Sime domestic and commercial boilers deliver intelligent and environmentally efficient heating and hot water solutions. With a proven reputation for quality, reliability and performance, Sime incorporates the stylish design and innovative engineering, synonymous with its Italian heritage.

Manufactured using the most advanced production systems and the highest quality brass and stainless steel components, Sime boilers are compact, lightweight and easy to install and come with easy to install and come with two, five and ten year warranties.

About Good Energy

Good Energy is a British renewable electricity company with a difference.

Founded in 1999, our mission at Good Energy is to transform the UK energy market by helping homes and businesses to be part of a sustainable solution to climate change.

By joining Good Energy you will be part of a community of homes and businesses that either:

buys 100% renewable power, through switching their supply
generates renewable power in their own homes, or
invests in renewable power as a shareholder of Good Energy.

Simply by switching to Good Energy you are helping to support a cleaner, greener future powered by renewables.

Expert Contributors

The Green Register

The Green Register

Join us to help create better buildings!
We, and hundreds of our members across a range of disciplines and different sized companies, are passionate about creating better, more sustainable buildings.

The more of us that are engaged in this aspect of construction the better and consequently The Green Register seeks to improve the work of all our members and delegates as much as we can. We do this through our events’ content and facilitating opportunities to network and through our membership package.


Since it was launched in 1991, OFTEC has played a leading role in raising standards within the heating industries of the UK
and Republic of Ireland.

Our trade association represents the interests of oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers and we develop course and assessment material for training providers.

We also operate a UKAS accredited competent person registration scheme for over 8,000 technicians involved in the installation and maintenance of oil, solid fuel, and renewable heating equipment and Part P electrical work. Our online shop, OFTEC Direct, supplies a range of technical books, equipment and clothing products for heating technicians.


UKLPG is the trade association representing companies that operate in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry in the UK. Members include LPG producers, distributors, equipment and service providers, and vehicle converters. It is dedicated to the safe and effective development of LPG, with a focus on LPG’s role in providing low carbon heat and energy for homes and business that are off the mains gas grid, as well as helping to improve air quality in urban areas.


Regen passionately believes that sustainable energy has a vital role at the heart of a successful economy and its thriving local communities.

Our mission is to transform the way we generate, supply, and use energy.

Energy is the beating heart of our communities, an unseen web that binds us together. Radical change in such a critical system is not going to be easy.

Regen has a clear goal – accelerating the transition to a decarbonised, decentralised and democratic energy system.

National Energy Action

We work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and with our sister charity Energy Action Scotland, to ensure that everyone can afford to live in a warm, dry home.

In partnership with central and local government, fuel utilities, housing providers, consumer groups and voluntary organisations, we undertake a range of activities to address the causes and treat the symptoms of fuel poverty.

Affiliating with global initiatives


Forum South West

Reed Hall, University of Exeter, Streatham Drive,

Exeter EX4 4QR



Graham Lock | Founder

07917 847552

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