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The IET at Futurebuild: are we on our way to achieving net zero by 2050?

This unique opportunity allowed visitors to gain insight and hands-on experience around the latest products and innovations and tackle these challenges. As a diverse home across engineering and technology, we were delighted to partake in the event.

The IET’s stand was based within the Whole-House Retrofit zone which proved to be an excellent location to meet the retrofit sector. We took the opportunity to ask some of the innovators their thoughts on the climate change emergency the UK currently faces. We wanted to know if they thought the UK was on its way to achieving net-zero by 2050 if companies and the government are doing enough and the impact BREXIT may have. Watch the video to find out their responses.

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Event Highlights

Rick Hartwig, IET Built Environment Lead, introduced a panel on the Retrofit Roadmap, revealing how government policy can enable retrofit to thrive. The panel consisted of Sara Fletcher, Principal Policy & Programme Officer at New Energy Efficiency Programmes at the Greater London Authority, Chris Jofeh, Chair of Welsh Government Advisory - Group on the decarbonisation of Welsh Housing Stock, and Ron van Erck, Co-founder and Head of International Market Development at Energiesprong.

Dr Richard Miller, IET Built Environment Panel Member and Founder of Miller-Klein Associates spoke on a panel discussing building a market for energy efficiency, explaining how the demand for quality domestic retrofit is growing. Russell Smith, Director of RetrofitWorks, Kate Watson, Senior Project Manager at Centre for Sustainable Energy and Richard McWilliams, Director and Programme Advisory at Turner and Townsend we also part of this panel.

In November 2019, Energiesprong UK launched a major new design competition focused on the challenges posed by some of the leading social landlords.

Winners were chosen from a fantastic response from the supply chain. At Futurebuild we had the opportunity to find out more about their innovative approaches, technologies and concepts for scaling up deep retrofit on apartments.