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ENE Series: Session 8 Cost effective solutions for low carbon retrofit of existing housing

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This event is part of the ‘Delivering Affordable Net-Zero Housing’ series of 8 webinars run in conjunction with the Eastern New Energy project. The series focuses on the nitty gritty details of what is working and what it costs to meet the net-zero challenge.

Register for each event individually or book the whole series to get a substantial discount - scroll down for all dates in the series.

About this Session

An overhaul to the energy performance of the UK’s existing housing stock is a vital milestone on the Government’s net-zero pathway, both in terms of operational and embodied carbon savings.

Low carbon retrofit of the UK’s existing housing stock is a far larger and more urgent challenge than the upgrade of new housing – albeit both are important - and it is a commensurately more difficult and complicated process.

At least 15 million homes would need to be retrofitted by 2030 and, to meet 2050 carbon targets, the same homes would need to have further measures installed again after 2030. Doing this would more than triple the UK's current rate of energy efficiency installations.

The call to increase the rate of low carbon housing retrofit has been sounded for over a decade but in reality not a great deal has changed over that period and the same challenges remain.

The main barriers continue to be lack of regulation, finance, data, sector capacity and consumer drive. Underpinning these barriers is the lack of a Government policy roadmap providing clarity and certainty on the route to a net-zero 2050.

This session will not attempt to address all these many well-known, ongoing challenges but we will focus on what can be realistically changed now – namely the development and use of practical, innovative products and technologies that can reduce the cost of retrofit and increase the affordability/appeal and volume of work being undertaken.

This two-hour online session will cover:

  • Recap - the different definitions of net-zero in construction, and energy efficiency regulations, relating specifically to domestic retrofit
  • Specific innovations in a range of product and technology areas that can provide practical, cost-effective improvements to low carbon retrofit projects
  • Windows, insulation, heating systems, energy efficient finishes, low embodied carbon products, recycled products, as well as whole house and MMC system solutions
  • What part can the local supply chain play in delivering more low carbon retrofits

Terry McGivern, ex-Development Director at Hanson Building Products and ASW Construction Systems and Chief Executive of London Building Centre, will host the session.

Hyde Housing are currently planning an innovative low carbon retrofit programme within the “New Energy” programme. We will highlight a series of innovations proposed to be trialled within this, and there may be opportunity for site visits to view these applications first hand.

This live and interactive session will have Q&A breaks, so if you have questions on your net-zero homes project be sure to ask our panel of experts in the live Q&A.


16:00 Start and Introduction – Terry
Setting the scene re low carbon housing retrofit; and innovative products and technologies to improve the affordability and scale of retrofit
16:10 Tim Hall
16:20 Helen McGregor
16:35 Hyde Housing
16:50 Paul Richards
17:00 Q&A
17:10 Presentation of products and technologies
17:50 Q&A
18:00 Close

All events in this series

Can be booked as a series or individually:

1. Defining, measuring and evidencing net-zero performance - Thursday 8 Sept,16:00-18:00, Live online
2. How do we make net-zero homes affordable? - Thursday 22 Sept, 16:00-18:00, Live online
4. Energy system solutions for affordable net-zero housing - Monday 17 Oct, 16:00-18:00, Live online


  • TGR members:  £30 per session // £150 for all 8 sessions (save £90 - with recordings issued for sessions 1-7)
  • Partner rate for GHA members: £32 per session // £160 for all 8 sessions (save £96 - with recordings issued for sessions 1-7)
  • Standard non-member rate:  £40 per session // £200 for all 8 sessions (save £120 - with recordings issued for sessions 1-7) 

Special offers

  • Book all 8 in the series for a reduced rate: £150 for members / £160 GHA members / £200 non-members - save up to £120! Please note recordings will be issued for sessions 1-7.
  • Book 3 places for the price of 2. Use this discount code when registering: 342
    The 342 discount can only be used for 3 people from the same organisation booking a place at the same event / whole series of events

Attendance will make you eligible for Green Register membership

This event series is held in conjunction with:

With thanks to partners:

The ENE project is funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. For more information visit

12/12/2022 from 16:00 to 18:00
Event Fee(s)
Green Register Members - Whole Series (save £90) with recordings of sessions 1-7 £150.00
Partner rate for GHA members - Whole Series (save £96) with recordings of sessions 1-7 £160.00
Non-members - Whole Series (save £120) with recordings of sessions 1-7 £200.00
Green Register Members - This event only £30.00
Partner rate for GHA members - This event only £32.00
Non Members - This event only £40.00
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