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Green Deal, ECO & Retrofit Strategies for Social Housing

October 19, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

Alan Yates, Chairman of the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP) is today’s guest blogger. SHAP are sponsoring the ‘Social Housing’ module within Retro Expo’s Green Deal Summit later this month which will be examining the implications of engaging in the Green Deal and ECO.

Earlier this month the long awaited Green Deal was launched and as a result, if the predictions are correct, £14 billion will be injected into the UK economy and 65,000 jobs will be created by 2015.

Already the first local authority, Birmingham City Council, has appointed a delivery partner for the Green Deal.  Their ‘Birmingham Energy Savers Programme’ plans to refurbish around 60,000 homes and non domestic buildings, creating 250+ new jobs and helping reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent by 2026.

But what does this mean for your organisation? What role can you play and what do you need to know not only about the Green Deal but also about ECO and other retrofit drivers?

Delivering housing retrofit at scale is to be debated at the Green Deal Summit on 31st October at the NEC in Birmingham. The ‘Social Housing’ module, which SHAP is sponsoring, will examine the implications of engaging in the Green Deal and ECO. SHAP will also be launching our Report for 2012 which brings together the outcomes of several task and finish groups who have been working to provide evidence on how the objectives of the Community Green Deal framework, developed in 2010, can be delivered in practice.

The scale and scope required to meet the demands of the Green Deal and ECO market and what decentralised energy generation will mean for housing stock will also be debated by Pat Laughlin, from Midlands Environmental Business Company, Paul Davies from Wates Living Space, Paul Dockerill from Inex, Graham Eastwick from ENCRAFT and Jim Allen from Green Energy Networks. Further details can be found at

Furthermore for the first time ever all of the UK’s leading city councils – Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Greater London Authority – will be coming together at the Summit to talk about their retrofit plans

Other presentations I’m looking forward to are DECC’s policy update on the Green Deal and Building Energy Performance Standards; the Property Owner’s Guide to the Green Deal by The Building Property Federation and Richard Quartermaine from the Sweett Group’s talk on choosing the best measures that will deliver payback. The Better Buildings Partnership will also be outlining their toolkit helping owners and occupiers to agree carbon, energy, waste and water reduction strategies which best fit with the circumstances of individual properties.

To find out more click here.

It only costs £170 + VAT to attend Module 3: Retrofit at Scale and Module 5: Social Housing Sector. I hope to see you there.

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