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Retrofit Meets: Solid-walled Homes

Wed 14 Jun 2023, 6-7.30pm

Retrofit Meets is an in-person series of panel events that connects people through themes and topics relevant to the deep retrofit of homes at scale. Produced as part of Retrofit 23 and taking place on Wednesday evenings at the Building Centre, this series showcases research and ideas on the residential retrofit challenge. The panels feature guest speakers presenting a project or provocation, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Join us for these thought-provoking sessions and meet and share with others involved in the retrofit puzzle.  

The Demonstration of Energy Efficiency Potential (DEEP) retrofit research project is the largest of its kind ever undertaken in the UK and was funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNEZ). The project was led by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) in collaboration with the University of Salford (UoS) and Loughborough University (LU). 

The project provides case studies, laboratory and modelling data on safe and effective ways to retrofit solid-walled homes. It explores costs, benefits and risks, and the value of a whole house approach to retrofit including the implication of retrofit for Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs). 

Measured performance is compared to models to understand the accuracy of predictions including those made by Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), and it explores how assessments of performance and risk assessments can be improved. 

Professor David Glew, Leeds Sustainability Institute, will share the research findings with contributions from Professor David Allinson, Loughborough University, and David Farmer from Salford University. A Q&A session will be moderated by Helene Gosden Associate Director and Retrofit at Scale Taskforce Leader.

There will be time for networking following the presentation and discussion, with drinks kindly provided by Leeds Beckett University.

About our speakers

Professor Glew is the Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Becket University. His team of researchers in the LSI’s undertake research into three broad research themes: Sustainable Behaviour, Sustainable Buildings and Sustainable Urban Environments. David leads interdisciplinary research projects into all aspects of the transition to zero-carbon homes, particularly in the field of building performance evaluation and in the area of domestic retrofit. He is committed to disseminating research findings to Government, industry and the public, and is a regular contributor to national Radio and TV science and news programmes.  

All Wednesday events are 6-7.30 pm in the Building Centre Seminar Rooms unless otherwise stated. Free entry. 


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