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LSE Housing Seminar and CASE Seminar
'Teach in' on Energy and Existing Homes: Restoring neighbourhoods and slowing climate change

A seminar/workshop organised by LSE Housing and CASE, sponsored by HOME group

Date: Thursday 26th June 2008
Venue: Trafford Hall, Chester
Time: 10.30am-3.15pm (registration 09.45am; lunch from 1.15pm)



Homes already built account for 99 per cent of our total housing stock and we estimate that 86 per cent of the current stock will still be in use in 2050. Building new homes is carbon intensive and carries many wider environmental impacts. But the existing stock can be made more efficient at a reasonable cost to realise many environmental and social gains. Homes are responsible for 27 per cent of our total CO2 emissions through their energy use, half of public water use, and they generate 8 per cent of total UK waste. Large savings can be achieved using technologies that are readily available, cost effective and cheaper than many alternatives. In addition, construction waste contributes 33 per cent of the total UK waste stream.

This workshop will explore how to retrofit the existing stock. It will demonstrate the links between neighbourhood renewal, social cohesion and energy conservation and we are aiming for an interactive and topical event. Participants include managers of existing homes, regeneration companies, local authorities, and housing association as well as policy makers. The workshop will share experience on how to make the existing stock both more attractive and more energy efficient with big gains for the environment and communities.

The seminar will provide:
  • state of the art advice on how to upgrade existing buildings and homes
  • animated case studies to inspire participants and shed light on the problems
  • networking opportunities with people who are trying to tackle this difficult, but vitally important issue
  • top ideas on where to go next
Tackling resource efficiency in existing homes requires a comprehensive package of measures to deliver a step change. But the payback from implementing these changes will be great.