Futureproof: Pie and Pint Retrofit Networking Event - Bristol

An Event for Architects, Builders, Designers, Surveyors etc.

The energy efficiency of millions of UK homes needs to be improved by retrofitting and 2019 sees The Green Register actively starting work as a key partner of Futureproof, a long-term market acceleration initiative that is stimulating local demand and supply-chains for low carbon retrofit in the West of England.

Futureproof is led by the Bristol based Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), in partnership with expert organisations such as The Green Register. The initiative is backed by central government in recognition that improving the energy efficiency of UK housing stock will need a long term, locally-led change in the market.

The Green Register have developed a series of training events in collaboration with some of our builder members keen to upskill local contractors by providing sustainable building training “By Builders for Builders”. These sessions aim to help transition from providing ‘normal’ home improvements, such as rear or loft extensions, to offering low-risk, low carbon retrofit.

Having worked extensively with CSE on the development of the initiative over the second half of last year, we fully believe Futureproof offers an exciting and fully integrated approach to developing the retrofit sector in the local area.

We now want members of those professions set to be engaging with Futureproof to find out more over a pie and a pint at the new central restaurant of one of Bristol’s success stories, Pieminister.

This aims of this event are to:

  • Build awareness of Futureproof and the opportunities for the local construction industry
  • Encourage construction professionals and merchants to refer builders to forthcoming training
  • Underline where mistakes are being made in retrofit with consideration to building physics
  • Appreciate good retrofit
  • Develop contacts through networking over a complementary pie and a pint

The target audience for this event are:

  • Builders, architects, designers, surveyors and structural engineers
  • Builders merchants, suppliers and relevant industry bodies
  • West of England local authority building control officers

The evening will feature a "tasty" mix of very short presentations including:

  • Overview, why we need good retrofit - (Regular TGR speaker Nick Heath)
  • Why training builders and understanding building physics matters - (Malcolm McMahon, Greenheart Sustainable Construction)
  • Changing standards and codes of practice PAS 2030 and PAS2035 - (TBC)
  • An architect’s experience of specifying External Wall Insulation - (TBC)
  • Internal Wall Insulation solutions - (Andy Mitchell, Natural Building Technologies)
  • How my retrofit could have been done better - (Engineer and Constructing Excellence co-chair Jamie Siggers)
  • Builders’ confidence when installing solid wall insulation - (Nick Lloyd, Urbane Eco)
  • The impact of green open homes events - (Bristol Green Doors founder Dan Weisselberg)
  • Trends seen by the builders’ merchant in the retrofit market and materials - (Will Kirkman, EcoMerchant)

As well as this there will be:

  • Opportunities to question a panel of experts
  • A retrofit themed activity
  • Excellent networking opportunities

We strongly believe good collaboration results in better buildings if you are an architect, engineer or surveyor etc. and wish to bring a builder who you think would be interested in this event, we can offer a free place for your guest. To take advantage of this offer, please enter "241" in the discount code box, when registering both places.

For more information on Futureproof 

Click here for two page summary pdf 

More about Bite Size sessions

The Green Register's Bite Size sessions offer an alternative, flexible route to Green Register membership through a series of shorter training sessions designed to give concise training at a time to suit busy working professionals. Attend 2 sessions to qualify for membership.

This event is being kindly hosted by

* ie. The City of Bristol, Bath and NE Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

May 9th, 2019 5:00 PM   to   8:00 PM
7 Broad Quay,
Bristol, BS1-4DA
United Kingdom

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Event Fee(s)
Members £ 19.00
Non-member builders, merchants or LABC staff £ 19.00
Other non-members £ 35.00

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