Birmingham’s housing retrofit event opens

19 July 2020

City seeks retrofit-at-scale answers at Low Carbon Homes event

Tuesday 21st July, Low Carbon Homes Birmingham, supported by MCS, goes live online for the first of three days of intense discussion and knowledge-sharing to consider how best Birmingham can rapidly scale up the retrofitting of housing across the city.

MCS – supporting Low Carbon Homes

Sixteen presenters from across the UK have been assembled to highlight the opportunities ahead for bold city leaders, as the city grapples with the societal and economic impacts of the current pandemic and climate change.

Three mornings of presentations and debate have been specifically curated to meet Birmingham’s most pressing retrofit challenges:

Day 1 (Tuesday 21st July) – What have we got to and how are we doing?

Cllr Waseem Zaffar, MBE – Chair, Route to Zero Taskforce

Jane Trethewey – Assistant Director, Housing Development, Birmingham City Council

Sylvia Broadley – Energy Manager, Birmingham City Council

Barny Evans – Technical Director, WSP

Ian Rippin – CEO, MCS

Alex Hughes – Operations Analyst, MCS

Martin Oldfield – Head of Housing Services, Manchester City Council

Day 2 (Wednesday 22nd July) – What else could we be doing?

Jonathan Atkinson – Project Manager, Carbon Coop

Marianne Heaslip – Associate Principal, URBED

Lucy Pedler – Director, The Green Register

Matthew Smith – Private Rented Services Manager, Birmingham City Council

Day 3 (Thursday 23rd July) – What’s holding us back?

Bean Beanland, Chairman – Ground Source Heat Pump Association

Emma Harvey – Programme Director, Green Finance Institute

James Higgins – Partner, Ecuity

Tim Hall – Consultant, Total Flow

“In 2019 Birmingham City Council declared a climate emergency, setting the target to be carbon neutral by 2030. The climate crisis is a real and significant threat that requires change in the way we invest in, grow and sustain our cities and regions. We want Birmingham to take a leading role in tackling climate change, and to strengthen our focus on this as we emerge from the pandemic.

The Council is committed to working with individuals, communities, businesses and others across the city and region to become empowered to respond to the climate emergency and make Birmingham a place where all residents can lead healthy, sustainable, safe and fulfilling lives” – Jane Trethewey, Assistant Director Housing Development, Birmingham City Council

Low Carbon Homes, hosted by Birmingham City Council on 21-23 July, is a free-to-attend event bringing professionals from inter-related sectors together to collaborate and consider the scale of the challenge, the solutions available and the barriers to overcome.

After Birmingham, Low Carbon Homes will be staging further events across the UK, including Derbyshire, Glasgow and Manchester, with others to be announced.

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