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February 27, 2024

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Futurebuild 2024

5-7 March 2024, ExCel London

Futurebuild is the leading sustainable built environment conference in the UK, and it’s set to be even bigger this year with the introduction of the National Retrofit Conference, curated by The Retrofit Academy, running as part of the three-day event.  

Energiesprong UK is pleased to be organising two talks as part of the Knowledge Programme within the National Retrofit Conference – one will be reflecting on the lessons learned from deep retrofit projects, and the other is focussing on the resident experience of living in homes that have been retrofitted.  

We will also be participating in other sessions to discuss innovation, launch a new Innovate UK funded collaborative project, learnings from the SHDF programme, and inputting into a 10-point plan for retrofit success. Full details are below:

Tuesday 5 March

11:30am: Retrofitting Social Housing: Progress and Key Learnings from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) Programme

Matt Wood will be joined by Caroline Withey from DESNZ and Derek Horrocks from NHDG to discuss what we’ve learned from Waves 2.1 and 2.2 of the SHDF programme, and how we can achieve greater results for high-quality retrofits in the future.  

11.30am: Industrialising Retrofit: improving the process of net zero heat upgrades to buildings

In this session on the Future X stage - curated by DESNZ, Innovate UK and Carbon Trust - you will hear about a new Innovate UK funded project we’ll be leading that will foster cross-industry collaboration to help tackle the multiple barriers to retrofitting homes.  

2.30pm: NHDG session: Embracing and Supporting Innovation to Scale and Reduce Costs

Our Collaboration Manager Ele George will be joining a panel to look at disruptive technologies and innovations that are promising to increase scale and improve outcomes for retrofit projects. Andy Merrin from United Living Property Services will chair the session and Ele will be joined on the panel by Danielle Beaton, Director of Saving Energy UK and Ross Holleron from Sero.  

4.30pm: A 10 Point Plan for Retrofit Success: Skills, Innovation and Policy

Emily Braham, Director of Strategy & Operations, will join this panel discussion to pull together all the themes discussed on the opening day – Skills, Innovation, and Policy – to develop a high-level action plan for delivering successful retrofits.  

Wednesday 6 March

5:20pm: Lessons from retrofit projects

This session will provide insights into a deep whole house retrofit programme. One of our delivery partners, Bow Tie Construction, will talk about their learnings from designing an innovative offsite constructed ventilation system and Solution Provider Osborne will talk about their lessons learned from delivering deep retrofit projects. We will also hear from housing provider Enfield Council on their experiences and what they plan to do next and how Turner & Townsend and Energiesprong UK collaborated to support this retrofit programme.  

Chair: Ian Hutchcroft, Director, Energiesprong UK

Karen Klomp, Turner & Townsend
Rafael Delimata, Project Manager, Bow Tie Construction  
Chantel Thompson, Operations Manager, Osborne  
Rafe Bertram, Enfield Council

Thursday 7 March

10.30am: Does deep retrofit = deep impact: Insights from Trailblazing Retrofit Residents and Collaborators

We will hear from residents living in homes that have had deep retrofits and get insights from a Resident Liaison Officer’s perspective on the challenges of delivering innovative retrofit projects. The session will be chaired by Dan Hyde from Everything Is User Experience who has been carrying out consumer research with residents, and Zack Gill from our team who works on analysing the performance of retrofitted homes.  

Chair: Dan Hyde, UX strategist, Everything is User Experience

Kim Williams, Resident Liaison Officer, Osborne
Zack Gill, Net Zero Technical Analyst, Energiesprong UK

For more information about Futurebuild 2024, visit