The Green Register's HOT TOPIC 2019: Meet the Future - what will retrofit look like in 2020?

The Green Register's annual Hot Topic conference returns for 2019 featuring a day of talks and case studies celebrating retrofit and asking what the future holds when looking at upgrading our existing building stock.

The speakers are experts within the construction industry from a wide variety of disciplines including architects, contractors, sustainable construction charities, member organisations; all key players within the industry.

Join us for some healthy debate on the topic, great networking and festive food and drink!

About the Conference

Thanks to activists such as Greta Thunberg, the Climate Emergency - the need to protect our one and only planet from an unsustainable temperature rise - has moved up the agenda for most of us and has generated many pledges to become carbon neutral sometime this side of 2050.

The construction industry is in a key position to provide solutions to meet the Climate Emergency targets, as we already know the measures we need to take to reduce the environmental impact of our buildings; we just need to act swiftly and effectively now.

This is even more important for existing buildings, most of which would not meet even the modest building standards the UK has in place today.

This conference brings together all the key players of the construction industry to give their perspective on both the challenges and solutions to making rapid progress when upgrading our existing building stock.

Following a keynote speech from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (tbc), The Green Register and Greenheart Sustainable Construction Ltd will make a joint presentation on their progress with the Futureproof initiative to train up a core group of builders in the West of England on key aspects of sustainable building practices in retrofit. 

The Green Register’s partner in the project, the Centre for Sustainable Energy, will explain how they are providing these skilled builders with customers who are already looking for builders who can deliver high quality, sustainable solutions to domestic retrofit – matching supply with demand.

Delegates will then enjoy presentations from key organisations who can or already are influencing the quality of retrofit projects - please see programme for details.

After lunch - and following the huge success of our interactive session at last year’s conference - there will be a ‘Fix My Den’ breakout exercise, based on the Dragon’s Den model where delegates will assess a range of retrofit projects and ‘pitch’ them to an expert panel. In the spirit of positivity, there will be no harsh criticism but awards for the best team approach!

The conference concludes with several jointly presented case studies (the client, the builder and the architect) illustrating both what can be achieved with a collaborative team approach and what compromises had to be made.

Delegates are then invited to join us to celebrate another successful year for The Green Register with festive drinks and nibbles. 

Attendance is a must for those who are interested in what the future holds for retrofit.


09.30 : Registration & coffee

10.00 : Introduction & Keynote Speech - Sam Balch (tbc), Deputy Director – Home Retrofit, Energy using Products, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

10.15 : Futureproof Initiative: the Builder's Perspective - Lucy Pedler, Director, The Green Register and Malcolm McMahon (tbc), Consultant & Contracts Manager / Richard Hatfield (tbc), Director, Greenheart Sustainable Construction Ltd 

10.30 : Futureproof Initiative: Bringing Householders and Builders Together - Simon Roberts OBE, Chief Executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy 

10.45 : Construction Industy Licensing Campaign - Philip Campbell, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Federation Of Master Builders

11.00 : The Architect’s Perspective - RIBA (speaker TBC) 

11.15 : EPCs & The Whole House Approach - Nigel Griffiths, Director, STBA (Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance)

11.30 : Refreshments

12.00 : Making your Business more Sustainable - Andy Weeks / Phil Stott, The Planet Mark Start

12.15 : The Energiesprong Approach - Mark Howard, Business Support Manager (ZEBCat), Regen

12.45 : Q&A

13.00 : Lunch

14.00 : 'Fix My Den'

14.30 : Dragon’s Den Panel

15.00 : Case Study No 1 (Builder/Architect/Client)

15.20 : Refreshments

15.45 : Case Study No 2

16.05 : Case Study No 3

16.25 : Case Study No 4

16.45 : Summary

17.00 : Festive Drinks Reception

18.00 : Close

What have our delegates said about Green Register seminars?

"All was useful, in depth and interesting – stimulating the mind!"
"Case studies and product information were particularly useful and applicable to my projects"
"Excellent specific examples!"
"Concise, covers a lot of information, good product guidance and good practice guidance"



Book by 15th September 2019 to benefit from our Early Bird rates.


Book 3 places at this event and get the 3rd place free. Book your places online as normal and we will deduct the cost of the 3rd place once your booking is received. This offer may not be used in conjunction with other offers.

This event is kindly supported by:

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With thanks to event partners

November 28th, 2019 9:30 AM   to   6:00 PM
The Foundation
Lower Ground Floor
St George’s Road
Bristol, BS1 5BE
United Kingdom

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Event Fee(s)
Members of The Green Register - Early Bird rate (book by 15th September 2019) £ 89.00
Members of Regen and STBA - Bird rate (book by 15th September 2019) £ 121.00
Non-Members - Early Bird rate (book by 15th September 2019) £ 135.00
Members of The Green Register - (book after 15th September 2019) £ 99.00
Members of Regen and STBA - (book after 15th September 2019) £ 134.00
Non-Members - (book after 15th September 2019) £ 149.00

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