A series of nationwide forums designed to help housing and construction professionals improve home energy efficiency across the UK has secured support from regional low carbon champions.
Dorset County Council’s Low Carbon Dorset initiative hosts the first Low Carbon Homes event in March 2019, followed by University of Brighton’s Clean Growth UK in April and Manchester City Council in November – each having their own low carbon agenda.
Low Carbon Homes is a UK-wide initiative which brings together leading experts to share best practice and pioneering methodologies to help clarify the route towards a low carbon future.
LCH Forums are free-to-attend events open to everyone across the industry, including engineers, local authorities and housing professionals as well as landlords, developers and contractors. Delegates will have a choice of workshops which will include case studies and success stories as part of a tailored programme created with the guidance of host organisations to meet regional needs.
The 2019 event programmes will each be produced with support from The Green Register, with emphasis on the proven Fabric First approach. Lucy Pedler and Dan Weisselberg will chair proceedings, foster discussion and host a workshop, whilst being the “critical friend” throughout the programme development process for each Forum.
“Low Carbon Homes is an important initiative which we’re delighted to be part of, as a collaborative approach is vital to drive towards low carbon living. The unique platform provided by Low Carbon Homes can facilitate meaningful and practical understanding between those directly involved in many areas of the housing sector”, says Lucy Pedler, The Green Register’s founder.
Recent studies have shown that 13 per cent of UK CO2 emissions come from heating homes. To tackle this, government has invested £3.6bn to meet the objectives set out in their Clean Growth Strategy, published in October 2017. This forms part of the wider plan to meet Paris Agreement obligations and reduce CO2 emissions from homes by a further 20 per cent.
Graham Lock, founder of Low Carbon Homes says:
“As reiterated during the recent Green GB Week, if the UK is to achieve its global obligations, there must be a rapid take-up in domestic energy efficiency – especially in the 80% of existing housing stock which is poor performing. For those working within the housing industry, the subject of energy efficiency has never been so important and we must all play a role in driving forward change.”
The events are free to attend.