Energy Efficiency in Your Community


Community Energy England and Carbon Coop have joined forces to bring you a full day of workshops and presentation from industry experts and practitioners in energy efficiency and domestic retrofit.

The event is focused on practical skills to enable Community Energy organisations and partners to initiate, improve and extend energy efficiency services in their area.

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


10.30am Welcome!

Phil Beardmore

10.40am-11.30am Panel discussion

Community Energy and energy efficiency: opportunities and pitfalls

Jonathan Atkinson, Carbon Co-op, Kayla Ente, BHESCo, Russel Smith Retrofit Works

Session 1: 11.30am-12.30pmRoom 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 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

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 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

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

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

Book your place to attend

Registration from 10AM. The event starts at 10.30AM

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