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Retro Expo reveals big name Green Deal Summit line up

An exciting line up of keynote speakers drawn from across the low carbon retrofit supply chain will be taking part in Retro Expo Green Deal Summit this autumn.

Keynotes include Paul Davies, PwC and Green Deal Finance Company; Philip Sellwood, Energy Saving Trust; Sally Hancocks, Gentoo Green; David Adams, Willmott Dixon; Chris Jofeh, Arup; Derek Lickorish MBE, Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and Lynne Sullivan OBE, Sponsor of the Green Construction Board’s Knowledge and Skills Working Group.

Moreover, for the first time ever, all of the UK’s leading city councils – Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Greater London Authority – will be coming together at this national platform to talk about their retrofit plans.

Jeremy Kape, director of property investment, Affinity Sutton, said: “It is a great conference programme at a great time to have a Green Deal Summit.”

“A fascinating Summit,” commented Chris Jofeh, global buildings retrofit leader, Arup

Dr Peter Rickaby, from Rickaby Thompson Associates who sits on the editorial board said: “Retro Expo will concentrate the nation’s retrofit expertise in one place for an unmissable three-day event that will transform our industry.”

Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from Tuesday 30 October – Thursday November 2012, The Green Deal Summit is quite simply the definitive conference on The Green Deal. Whatever your organisation does, The Green Deal can and will have an impact.

Bringing together leaders from across the value chain, from clients to installers, the Summit will address key issues such as finance, generating demand, ensuring high standards of workmanship and achieving affordable technological solutions. The Green Deal Summit is the only conference you need to attend to get clarity on and insight into The Green Deal and the lowdown on those who are leading the retrofit revolution.

The Green Deal Summit will comprise of the following seven modules:

Module 1: Green Deal Finance

A senior representative from DECC will kick off this session by outlining their plans to help ensure The Green Deal is a success. Key Green Deal Providers – Travis Perkins, British Eco and E-ON – will then explain their approach and debate the best way of realising the potential of the retrofit market. PwC Partner Paul Davies will then update on the progress of The Green Deal Finance Company in securing retrofit finance, followed by a Big Debate on Making Green Deal Finance Work.

Module 2: Driving Demand

With recent surveys predicting just one in five people will participate in the Green Deal scheme, winning trust and getting buy in from consumers will be vital. The Energy Saving Trust, Gentoo Green, U-Switch, Willmott Dixon and Arup will explore how to unlock demand in the domestic market whilst Tesco, the British Property Federation, Drives Jonas Deloitte and Utility Wise will highlight some of the key developments in the commercial sector.

Module 3: Retrofit at Scale

The UK’s leading local authorities are now well advanced in their retrofit planning and this session offers delegates an opportunity to learn more about what it will take to get involved. EEPB will outline the supply chain challenge and how to win the hearts and minds of homeowners at a local level will be explored by British Gas, Forum of the Future and The Big Lottery Fund.

Module 4: Retrofit Learning and Innovation

Key learning from research programmes, technology competitions and Green Deal Pilots will be shared with delegates. This will be followed by a debate on which technology sectors stand to gain most from The Green Deal with Saint Gobain, The Micropower Council, Rickaby Thomson Associates, University of Coventry and The Building and Engineering Services Association.

Module 5: Retrofit in the Social Housing Sector in Partnership with SHAP

Local authorities and RSLs manage more than 3 million homes across the UK. This session examines how they can access The Green Deal and looks at best practice in the social housing sector.

Module 6: Green Deal Skills

Delivered in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies. This session examines the realities of Green Deal forecasts and addresses the strategic challenges faced in ensuring the knowledge gap is bridged. The Summit brings into focus the work to date in upskilling assessors, the appointment of 14 certification bodies and the progress made towards creating Green Deal National Occupational Standards. It concludes with a look ahead to the possible future, with a panel debate on how the Skills and Knowledge Gap could be bridged.

Module 7: The Green Deal and Beyond

Delivered in partnership with the British Property Federation. Aimed at SME occupiers and landlords, this module examines the opportunities and barriers to retrofits, and provides a practical guide to how these can be overcome. Included in this module will be a Retrofit Dragon’s Den where six innovative SMEs will be invited to present one product or service – but will they be able to hold their nerve and convince the panel?

The Summit’s seven modules can be purchased by delegates individually or in any combination up to and including a full conference pass. Delegate prices range from

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