The Responsible Retrofit Conference 2015 in pictures
This year we teamed up with Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) to produce a national conference that would raise awareness about, and tackle the problem of, the irresponsible retrofit of traditional buildings. The conference brought together a range of different organisations under one roof for a day of sharing best practice, networking and lively discussions.
The result was an event packed out with people from various sectors and professions. There were conservation officers, fuel poverty campaigners, community energy representatives, insurance brokers, estate managers, risk managers, surveyors and many more.
A host of experts shared their research, launched new resources or explained recent guidance and standards. Attendees were provided with a toolkit of practical resources that can be used when carrying out their own retrofitting projects.
Everyone didn’t always agree – but that was exactly what we wanted! Bringing contrary opinions and priorities together under one roof to enable conversation and (hopefully) a better understanding of the other person’s position was a high priority for us when organising the event.
Ultimatelythe conference was very positive and although there is a large mountain to climb, everyone was in agreement that the challenge is now surmountable. I’m sure that the glorious sunshine and drinks at the end of day played a factor in everyone’s sunny outlook.
Huge thanks to our sponsors Historic England, National Trust and Bristol City Council with a special shout out also to Centre for Sustainable Energy and University of West England for their support and guidance throughout.