GVis2011 Retrofit Reality

We are only a couple of days away from the Green Vision Retrofit Reality half day conference in Leeds.   Once again the event will be streamed and blogged live and enabled for you to participate via twitter and the cover it live blog

Live tweets and blogs will be provided via be2camp by myself and Su Butcher

The links you need to know are set out below along with the latest agendas.


Register interest in viewing on line here: 

Stream and Live Blog will here (be2camp) on the day

Live Stream to LMU Big Screen here

Hashtag is #GVis2011 (if you want to just follow tweets and engage they you could use tweetchat additionally you can RSS the hashtag feed here


13.00 – 17.00 Retrofit Reality

18.00 – 19.30 Sustainability Question Time

and then Tweetup (venue to be determined)

More Details:

Retrofit Reality:

13.00 Welcome and Registration
(Chair – Matt Fulford, Head of Buildings, Sustain)
13.30 Keynote Speaker – Retrofit UKGBC
John Alker, Head of Policy and Communications, UKGBC
13.45 Roundtable Discussion Session A
Commercial Property RetrofitMatt Whitehead, Head of Carbon and Energy Reduction at Low Carbon Buildings and Maintenance

Behavioural Change
Adam Woodhall, People Profit Planet

Green Deal Assessment Toolkit
Kate Barbier, DECC

Refurbishment of the Estate
Sue Holmes, Director of Estates, Leeds Metropolitan University  

14.45 Refreshments Break
15.00 Roundtable Discussion Session B
(select another roundtable from details outlined in Session A)
16.00 Keynote Speaker USA Perspective
(Clay Nesler, Vice President Building Efficiency Empire States Building Retrofit Case study)
16.30 Pecha Kucha ShowcasePresentations with a twist; presenters are allowed 20 slides and they are auto-advanced every 20 seconds. There is very little scope for ‘death by PowerPoint’ and provide a very engaging and creative presentations.

Sustainability Question Time:

Join us as our Guest for our Christmas Sustainability Question Time event taking place at Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Metropolitan University at 6.00pm on Thursday 1 December2011.There will be a buffet and drinks reception from 5.30pm. The evening will be opened by Paula Widdowson , CSR-i presenting ‘Increased Sustainable Cashflows‘ followed by A Sustainability Question Time.
Paula Widdowson has founded an independent sustainability consultancy called CSR-i focused on profiting through sustainability. Paula had several years’ experience as Director of Sustainability for Northern Foods working with M&S on delivering Plan A, Sainsbury on achieving their 5 core principles and ASDA on managing the Walmart sustainability index. In 2010 ‘sustainability’ in Northern Foods added £3M profit.Originally trained as a Biochemist at Leeds University, Paula started working life as a science teacher and then moved into industry. She has successfully held a number of senior roles at Esso, ASDA, Bass and Improve (the sector skills council for food and drink manufacturing).

The move into independent consultancy has resulted in CSR-i working with Government and Commercial businesses delivering a real difference to the bottom line.

In the style of the BBC’s Question Time, Paula alongside leading thinkers and experts will engage with audience questions related to sustainability issues such as:

  • Actual performance of Buildings/ technologies
  • Economic downturn and cost effective sustainable building
  • Government drivers / incentives for sustainability
  • Building Better Places

The Panel Speakers will include: Dr Tom Bliss , The Urbal Institute ;Professor Malcolm Bell , Leeds Metropolitan University;  Richard Smith , Director of Centre for Low Carbon Futures ; Paul Connell,Regional Partnerships Director at E.ON Sustainable Energy Solutions  , John O’Brien MD of Low Carbon Buildings and Maintenance , Chris Slezowski  SIG Ltd


Local Authorities, Green deal procurement, local supply chains and partnerships

DECC have issued Green Deal guidance for Local Authorities that suggests LA’s should champion the initiative to help drive economic growth, unlocking billions of pounds worth of investment, support local jobs and local supply chains

Potential benefits to local authorities are likely to be:
• new sources of revenue to deliver energy efficiency retrofits;
• help to reduce fuel bills for local residents and businesses;
• opportunities for local economic and physical regeneration;
• support for wider local strategic priorities (better health outcomes, reduced fuel poverty);
• support for the maintenance and generation of local jobs and skills.

To deliver the Green Deal locally there are broadly three approaches local authorities might choose to adopt:
• Provide – the Green Deal directly to their local residents and businesses, co-ordinating finance and delivery;
• Partner – work in partnership with commercial Green Deal providers and community  partners to deliver and facilitate delivery; or
• Promote – by acting as advocates for the Green Deal locally

The guidance suggests usisg existing partnerships  to deliver the Green Deal – it will be to see how existing frameworks could be adopted.

For those wanting to be involved in Green Deal installation work this is a key document for understanding the potential role of Local Authorities and a spring board for understanding individual client intentions.

Download a copy here 


Green Deal Help

I am often asked what can contracting organisation do to prepare for green deal.  My response is, in line with the green deal awareness programmes we run:

Work: understand green deal. How work will flow?  Who will be the providers, the clients, who will procure?

Delivery: understand what is required (standards and accreditations) in order to deliver green deal related work

Organisation: understand what changes you may need to be a green business

Visibility: understand green deal, be part of green deal discussions and be visible as a green deal player. Social media is invaluable here with twitter and linkedin having huge potential to learn and share.

If you would like more information, guidance, or our fact sheet on greening your business please do get in touch or leave comment below.

Blog Links:

More than just a Green Deal (Slide Share presentation)

Green Deal Consultation Paper

Green Reskilling

PAS 2030 Unnecessary Burden or Necessary Control

Green Deal Update Sources


Green Deal and ECO Consultation Paper

The DECC Green Deal and ECO Consultation paper was issued on the 23rd Nov 2011

Download from here 

Comments and observations to follow once I have digested the 238 pages.

Please add any comments of your own …



For more information check out my More than just a green deal presentation and other presentations made at the recent Lancashire Construction Best Practice Club preparing for Green Deal event.   Please get in touch if you are interested in Green Deal Clubs.

Preston Bloggers Award for fairsnape blog

Its always great to get acknowledgement for this blog, hence am delighted to have received recognition from  EAOM, an online marketing agency in Chorley, Lancs, as worthy of their Preston Bloggers Award.

Part of our blog training process for our clients is to show examples of great blog posts which created by Preston based bloggers

We have reviewed many local blogs  judging them on overall quality, readability, relevance and the value they add to the community and/or to their customers.

After much deliberation we created a short list of winners which includes Fairsnape. We really feel you got blogging right with posts such as Can social media drive built environment sustainability? showing what Preston has to offer to the blogging community.

As winner we’ll be showcasing your blog in a post on our own blog on eaonlinemarketing.co.uk/blog and twitter feed in the coming weeks.

This fairsnape blog started way back in January 2007, as a service to the clients I then supported, and many of whom I still do, on built environment improvement. It soon became a more generic industry news, information sharing and comment blog, focusing on a core of sustainability, collaborative working and the use of social media.

The blog went through change as the potential and power of twitter as a micro blogging tool for news and link sharing became obvious, leaving the fairsnape blog to become more of the commentary service it is today.

Green Deal Assessor Standard issued for consultation

DECC have issued their draft standard ‘Specification for the provision of Green Deal Advisor Services‘ for consultation.

The standard, albeit in draft throws more light on what Green Deal will eventually look like. From first read my comments:

Useful terms and definitions section

It would appear charges for the assessment can be made.

The customer has the option to take the Greendeal assessment to other providers.

If no EPC or an invalid EPC (or DEC for that matter) is in place the Greendeal assessor would be required to produce/update the EPC, presumably at a charge?

If charges for the GD assessment cannot be included in the overall Green Deal Plan this does raise concern on take up of green deal improvements?

The standard does seem light on a requirement of the assessor to also assess the structural capacity of the building or home to take the proposed Greendeal improvement measure.

Overall, are we seeing another piece of the greendeal jigsaw falls into place?

Download the draft document from here

Reinvigorating built environment sustainability leadership

An excellent blog post on sustainability.com suggests what a reinvigorated agenda for change may look like.

We could learn a lot from this, for new and reinvigorated leadership in sustainability within the Built Environment sector, particularly in the UK as we move into a new era of green deals, PAS 2030’s and a renewed focus on improving our existing building stock:

Simple: For most, the discussion remains new, the lexicon confusing. We need to quickly and clearly cut through that to reach new audiences.

Fresh: People are jaded. They haven’t given up, but need to be convinced that the next change effort will be different, more meaningful.

Connect: Too many experience sustainability as intellectual, abstract, not very well connected to the here and now. (We need to revisit our understanding and connection to natural cycles of the earth, seasons, solar and lunar, the core purpose of sustainability)

Systemic: Progress to date has been limited because it is too often a single company or other actor leading only within a narrow scope. Solutions must now begin to cross traditional boundaries, create new coalitions and value networks and drive change to scale.

Adaptive: Uncertainty abounds, and yet cannot remain an excuse for further delay or loss of momentum . We must anticipate and react quickly to setbacks, sharp curves and emerging issues, and above all, keep moving.

Collaborative: Even with the explosion of supporting technology, collaboration remains a messy and difficult affair, but if new coalitions are to propagate and succeed, the agents involved must embrace and practice vastly more of it.

Distributed: Globalization and the democratization of communications run counter to the old “cult of the elite.” Leadership is perhaps now far more likely to be bottom-up than top-down, but even if not, the crowd will have the final word.

Policy-Independent: There is consensus (and frustration) that government remains either unwilling or unable to respond. We need a pathway to success that welcomes government if they will play a role, but is not in any way dependent on political leadership.

Re-Generative: While we can – and should – start by revisiting and distilling the wisdom of those who pioneered the sustainability movement, we must also invite present-day and future leaders to augment, refresh and build upon it. In this way, we may create a virtuous cycle of innovation and insight needed to propel us forward.

And I would add:

Visibility, Let’s make use of the explosion and ubiquity of the communication and dialogue tools that social media provides, to increase visibility of best practice, to learn and to share.

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