During lockdown Carbon Co-op has been holding a series of webinars on all areas of our work. Some were pre-planned events which moved online, but following the success of these others have been added. On this page you can see recordings captured from these presentations:
- Ventilation Case Studies: Thamesmead and Reading Tackle Damp and Mould
- An Introduction to Heat Pumps
- Setting Our Retrofit Standards with Mark Siddal
- An Introduction to the Green Homes Grant Scheme
- How Do We Make Homes Zero Carbon Ready?
- Reflecting on Retrofit – 5 years on from Community New Deal
- Retrofitting Domestic Heat Pumps – methods and lessons from Ireland
- People Powered Retrofit – a neighbourhood model for new retrofit markets
- The Fundamentals of Deep Retrofit with Nick Parsons
- Retrofit: Replacement windows and doors with Diane Hubbard
- Beginner’s Guide To Retrofit
- Deep retrofit principles and case studies webinar with Liam Schofield
- Introduction to Home Energy Systems
- Building airtightness basics webinar with Diane Hubbard
- Home Health Check
- Info Night: Construction Contracts – sign on the dotted line? with Sarah Fox
- Heat Pumps for Beginners- Session 1 with Andy Hamilton and Florence Collier
- Heat Pumps for Beginners – Session 2 with Trystan Lea and Florence Collier
- Heat Pumps for Beginners – Session 3 with Florence Collier and Andy Hamilton
- Heat Pumps for Beginners – Session 4 with Liam Schofield and Florence Collier
- Heat Pumps for Beginners- Session 5 with Florence Collier and Andy Hamilton
Ventilation Case Studies: Thamesmead and Reading Tackle Damp and Mould
Recorded 5th October 2020
Damp and mould are a significant issue in social housing leading to poor indoor air quality and health impacts. In this webinar we are joined by Peter King and Vince House from Aereco who will take us through Thamesmead’s groundbreaking and award-winning Condensation Damp and Mold Strategy, and Reading Borough Council Monitoring Study. These examples show that by carefully designing ventilation systems and monitoring their results, indoor air quality can be improved.
An Introduction to Heat Pumps
Recorded 30th September 2020
Heat pumps are being promoted as low carbon heating systems of the future, but does the hype add up and how can you get the best out of a system? Presented by engineer Florence Collier on Humblebee Eco, we outline the key things householders need to consider when considering switching to a heat pump. With the new Green Homes Grants scheme offering subsidy for systems, we highlight key issues around installation, specification, commissioning and appropriate air tightness measures. The presentation is followed by a Q&A session.
Setting Our Retrofit Standards with Mark Siddal
In this webinar we are joined by Mark Siddal from LEAP architectural practice. He explores wider issues such as how comfort, health and wellbeing are taken account of in retrofit, sets in context retrofit and the decarbonisation challenge, and explores how retrofit standards including Passivhaus retrofit standard (EnerPHit) and AECB Building Standard can be applied to your project.
An Introduction to the Green Homes Grant Scheme
In this webinar we outline details of the Green Homes Grant scheme and what has and has not yet been confirmed (as of Sept 2020). We set out how householders might want to utilise this grant as part of a one off scheme or a wider whole house retrofit. We sketch out the importance of creating a retrofit plan, highlight contractor procurement best practice and talk about the role of quality assurance frameworks such as PAS2035. Finally, we outline the services we offer and how we might be able to help householders interested in the scheme.
How Do We Make Homes Zero Carbon Ready?
Carbon Co-op has long talked about the need for ‘2050 Retrofits’, but what does it mean today to aim for a home fit for a ‘climate safe’ future? Is it an 80% cut in carbon emissions? A ‘net zero’ home? And why bother at all if we transition away from gas to electric only homes and the grid is completely decarbonised?
In this discussion we explore some of these terms and concepts and assess what they mean for the work Carbon Co-op does. With the help of some experts in the field, we will think about what performance targets we should be using in the work we do, the targets members set for their home retrofits and how we use services like My Home Energy Planner and People Powered Retrofit to make them a reality. This discussion formed part of the Carbon Co-op AGM 2020.
- Marianne Heaslip, URBED; http://urbed.coop/team/marianne-heaslip
- Julie Godefroy, Sustainability Consultant and CIBSE Technical Manager; https://www.juliegodefroysustainability.co.uk/
- John Palmer, Research and Policy Director, Passivhaus Trust; https://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/who_is_involved.php
- Lois Hurst PhD Student at Heriot-Watt University; http://luneretrofit.com/lois-hurst-cv/
- Chair: Jonathan Atkinson, Carbon Co-op
Reflecting on Retrofit – 5 years on from Community Green Deal
Recorded on Wednesday 1st July 2020
In 2015, Carbon Co-op’s ground breaking Community Green Deal programme saw the deep retrofit of twelve, owner occupier properties around the Greater Manchester area. Evaluating and tracking the carbon saving and energy performance of these properties is crucial to understanding how we can improve the design, build and maintenance of whole house retrofit projects.
Five years later, householder and self confessed ‘data geek’ Dominic McCann reviews the latest energy performance data (and lots of graphs) from across the Community Green Deal homes, sharing and demonstrating what can be achieved in a whole house retrofit and consider what next in making homes ‘zero carbon ready’.
Retrofitting Domestic Heat Pumps – methods and lessons from Ireland
Recorded on Wednesday 23 June 2020
In this webinar for policy makers, practitioners, designers and installers, Paul Kenny of Tipperary Energy Agency and Superhomes discusses the lessons learnt from their Irish roll out programme. The webinar includes an assessment of performance data which forms part of the Superhomes 2.0 evaluation conducted with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).
Tipperary Energy Agency’s short Heat Pumps course can be found here: https://tippenergy.ie/event/hpcourse/
People Powered Retrofit – a neighbourhood model for new retrofit markets
Recorded on Tuesday 22 June 2020
In this webinar, Marianne Heaslip (architect) and Jonathan Atkinson (project manager) outline core elements of the People Powered Retrofit model, key learning from the past 12 months of piloting and discuss the potential for replication in other parts of the UK. They are joined by Senior Researcher at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), Jonty Leibowitz who provides a local economic development perspective and the relevance of such models to emerging Green Recovery plans.
The Fundamentals of Deep Retrofit with Nick Parsons
Recorded on Weds 17 June 2020
Deep retrofit of homes is a way to reduce bills, improve comfort and make properties greener. But it can be a complicated business, in this webinar, retrofit expert Nick Parsons tackles some of the underlying principles, illustrated by real world examples.
Retrofit: Replacement windows and doors webinar with Diane Hubbard
Recorded on Weds 3rd June 2020
High specification windows and doors can be a major expense in a retrofit, so understanding their thermal performance and airtightness is important. In this introductory session, Diane Hubbard of Green Footsteps looked at key features to help you to understand what you may be ordering and standards that influence their performance.
Presenter: Diane Hubbard of Green Footsteps: https://greenfootsteps.co.uk/
Beginner’s Guide To Retrofit webinar – May 2020
What do we mean when we talk about energy efficiency and retrofit? In this short, beginners guide webinar we explore basic ideas and concepts, helping you get to grips with how you might reduce energy bills, improve your property and make your home a little bit greener.
Deep retrofit principles and case studies webinar with Liam Schofield
Recorded Wednesday 6th May 2020
Run by Carbon Co-op’s Retrofit Service Manager, Liam Schofield, this session is for householders interested in retrofitting their homes to high levels. The webinar aims to give a brief introduction to insulation and airtightness on domestic energy efficiency projects with a brief overview of principles followed by three live case studies.
Introduction to Home Energy Systems
Recorded 21st September 2020
The fourth presentation of our new Introduction to Home Energy Systems training. This provides a basic overview of the energy systems that will become more and more commonplace in our houses as we head toward the net-zero decarbonisation target: low carbon heating, PV, EVs, battery systems, smart technology and home automation.
Building airtightness basics webinar with Diane Hubbard
Recorded 16th April 2020
Reducing the leakiness of our homes is important for improving energy efficiency. This introductory session for householders explained what airtightness is and the factors that influence it, together with steps to effectively improve the airtightness of your home. Led by Diane Hubbard of Green Footsteps, with a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.
Home Health Check Webinar
Thu, 2 Apr 2020 17:30
While we spend 90% of our time indoors, we often don’t consider whether the air in our homes is healthy for us. In this session we will learn about indoor air pollution, the dynamics of humidity and moisture and strategies that can be used to improve your home environment, including a look at different ventilation systems.
Info Night webinar: Construction Contracts – sign on the dotted line?
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:00
Engaging a contractor in building works, ordering materials for your retrofit project or making a verbal agreement with a builder? Then you are entering into a contract! But do you know your rights, and if there is something in writing do you read every word before signing on the dotted line?
Heat Pumps for Beginners- Session 1 with Andy Hamilton and Florence Collier
This session covers an introduction to heat pumps for householders, following the journey of Andy Hamilton’s 25 year exploration and development of his own home heat-pump system. Andy delves into heat loss and insulation issues as part of his unique case-study. The webinar is co-facilitated by Florence Collier of HumbleBee Eco.
Heat Pumps for Beginners – Session 2 with Trystan Lea and Florence Collier
Trystan Lea of OpenEnergyMonitor (https://openenergymonitor.org/) presents his case study on the design process and installation of an Air Source Heat Pump in his home in North Wales.
Florence Collier of Humble Bee Eco (https://humblebee.eco/) joins Trystan to facilitate the Q & A following the Case Study.