West Kent Board Member Brian, and Consultant Richard are speaking at the Low Carbon Homes online event.
Held over the three mornings of 25, 26 and 27 January, the event is encourages collaboration across all sectors, to reach a wide range of housing, tenures and places. Talks will include some of the best practice already taking place, and the barriers and opportunities for retrofit in Kent.
Just under a third of the county’s emissions currently come from housing and the domestic sector, and home retrofit will be vital in reducing this, as well as tackling fuel poverty.
Kent County Council recognised the UK climate and ecological emergency back in May 2019, and together with the 13 local authorities in Kent and Medway, have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the county to net zero by 2050. This led to the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy being developed in 2020, which highlights building retrofit as one of the ten priorities for reaching net zero.
Brian is a strategic housing advisor and expert to a number of organisations currently considering their climate change strategy.
Richard is a qualified construction and retrofit consultant. He is particularly interested in the decarbonisation strategy for post-war industrialised housing, and is focusing on the Moultain Hill neighbourhood in Swanley, a good example of West Kent homes that will need to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions over the next two decades. This will also lead to reduced energy bills for our residents, and help to avoid fuel poverty in future as energy bills continue to rise.
Find out more about the net zero homes we have planned here.