Industry experts flock to inaugural Eco Connect London event

Visitors were treated to two conferences on new build housing and retrofit, an exhibition and a summer party in the evening. An event review by IET Content Producer, Adam Savage.

The IET’s Savoy Place was the setting for the first ever Eco Connect London event on Friday 15 September 2017, which brought together experts from across construction, design, retrofit and social housing for two concurrent conferences and an exhibition, followed by a Summer Party on the Roof Terrace of the prestigious venue.  

Consisting of both the Association of Environment Conscious Building (AECB) National Conference and the International Refurbishment Symposium (IRS), Eco Connect London gave industry professionals the opportunity to immerse themselves in discussion and debate around the issues regarding quality with new-build housing and retrofit in the UK.

The event featured talks from AECB CEO Andy Simmonds, Shelter’s Head of Housing Development Toby Lloyd, SBScentre Owner Director Professor Ronald Rovers and Professor Rajat Gupta, Director at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD).


A number of big topics were covered, including the challenge of delivering both affordable and sustainable housing; why the housing crisis has resulted in a need for better – not just more – housing; how the UK could learn from its European neighbours, particularly when it comes to retrofit; and what needs to be done to hit energy efficiency targets.

Exhibitors included new technology start-up Build Test Solutions; Magmatech, which develops thermally insulating fixings and connection systems and thermal and acoustic insulation specialist Thermal Economics.


“We were delighted with the inaugural Eco Connect London event. We achieved our mission to bring together the green sector with more mainstream, larger-scale clients – and we hope that this leads to wider adoption of best practice and higher quality housebuilding and retrofit as a result,” said Conference Director David Pierpoint.

Images provided courtesy of Eco Connect. To access slide presentations and photographs from both conferences visit https://ecoconnect.co.uk/refurbishmentsymposium/

Further reading can be found at:

Online AECB Publication Library: www.aecb.net/publications   

Gupta, R. et al (2015) Intent and outcomes from the Retrofit for the Future programme: key lessons (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09613218.2015.1024042?src=recsys)

Rovers, R. (2014) New energy retrofit concept: ‘renovation trains’ for mass housing (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09613218.2014.926764?scroll=top&needAccess=true)