Energy Efficiency in Your Community!

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Lots of Community Energy groups want to get involved in energy efficiency but don’t know where to start – we’re running a day long conference with Community Energy England with some leading experts in the sector to get people up to speed.

Thursday 19 April 2018, St. Luke’s Church, Great Colmore Street, Birmingham B15 2AT

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The event is focussed on enabling Community Energy organisations and partners to initiate, improve and extend energy efficiency services in their area.

Who should attend?

  • Community energy groups, staff and members
  • Community groups with an interest in energy efficiency
  • Local authority officers, in particular with responsibility for climate change, fuel poverty, energy and housing
  • Housing association staff members with an interest in retrofit
  • Professionals, contractors and practicioners wishing to gain a greater understanding of retrofit and the needs and issues Community Energy groups face


It is focussed on practical skills and applied experience. The day will cover topics such as:

  •  Assessment methodologies
  •  Design as a process
  •  Energy efficiency and fuel poverty
  •  Procurement
  •  Policy
  •  Financing energy efficiency


Speakers confirmed so far:

  •  Graham Ayling, Energy Savings Trust
  •  Marianne Heaslip, URBED
  •  Russell Smith, Parity Projects/Retrofit Works
  •  Jonathan Atkinson, Carbon Co-op
  •  Kayla Ente, BHESCo
  •  Carlos Alonso Gabizón, Carbon Co-op/OpenEnergyMonitor

This event is aimed at local authorities, community energy groups and funding organisations. Lunch is provided.

Registration from 10AM. The event starts at 10.30AM

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Please email for more info.




More speakers to be announced

10.30am Welcome!

Phil Beardmore (Sustainability Consultant, Cooperator, Calendula Consulting)

10.40am-11.30am Panel discussion

Community Energy and energy efficiency: opportunities and pitfalls

Session 1: 11.30am-12.30pm

Room 1 Carrying out home assessments, energy checks

  • Assessments, finding the right tool for the job – pros and cons of methodologies
  • Home energy checks, static and dynamic modelling – finding the right tool for the right job
  • rdSAP, full SAP, PHPP etc
  • Sharing experiences of assessments

Speakers: Carlos Alonso Gabizón, Carbon Co-op/OpenEnergyMonitor

Room 2 Energy efficiency in the community – tackling fuel poverty, community buildings

  •     Which measures are effective?
  •     Local authority collaborations
  •     Funding opportunities

Speakers: Aneaka Kellay, Carbon Co-op, Chas Warlow and Dr Giovanna Speciale, South East London Community Energy (SELCE), Phil Beardmore, Sustainability Consultant, Cooperator, Calendula Consulting


Lunch 12.30-1.15pm

Room 1: Lunchtime briefing

Graham Ayling, Energy Savings Trust on Energy Redress Scheme funding for Community Energy groups

Session 2: 1.15-2.15pm

Room 1 Quality, ambition and risks of energy efficiency

  • Importance of design: expertise, knowledge
  • Dealing with Risk: addressing and avoiding the Performance Gap
  • Whole House versus single measures
  • Role of professionals, working with architects

Speakers: Marianne Heaslip, URBED, Kate De Selincourt, author, Tina Holt, AECB

Room 2 Financing energy efficiency

  • Evaluating finance products including: grants, consumer loans, Mortgages and borrowing
  • ECO and other incentives
  • Consumer Credit
  • Options for community finance

Speakers: Kayla Ente, BHESCO, Jon Lee, Ecology Building Society


Break – 2.15 – 2.30pm

Session 3: 2.30-3.30pm

Room 1 – Procuring and working with contractors and builders

  • Dealing with contractors
  • Contracting options, balancing risks
  • The roles Community Energy Groups can play in retrofit
  • Setting appropriate expectations for community energy groups
  • Frameworks, contractor co-ops etc

Speakers: Russel Smith, Retrofit Works, Rebecca Ince, Birmingham University, Bill Butcher, Green Building Store

Room 2 Innovation in retrofit

  • Aggregator/ESCOs
  • Energy Service contracts
  • Off site build
  • New technology integration

Speakers: Ben Aylott, Carbon Co-op, Rosemary Coyne, Sustainable Housing Action Partnership, Energiesprong UK

3.30-4.30pm Panel discussion

Government policy – where next for energy efficiency?

  • Green Deal, Each Home Counts and beyond
  • Future BEIS policy development
  • Opportunities for City Region collaborations

Speakers: Graham Ayling, EST, Emma Bridge, Community Energy England

4.30 Ends