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North East housing retrofit conference opens next week

Retrofit Key to Becoming England’s Greenest Region; Retrofit Meeting House Debut

Low Carbon Homes’ Retrofit Meeting House

Next week, the North East’s regional retrofit conference opens.  The Low Carbon Homes online event, hosted by the North East England Climate Coalition (NEECCo), explores the opportunity for a coalition approach to retrofitting an entire region of the UK.

Low Carbon Homes North East, (Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th September), is staged over three mornings, and includes opening addresses and speaker sessions featuring local leaders and practitioners, as well as experts from across the UK sharing retrofit best-practice.

A cross-sector coalition is urging everyone across the North East to come together with the aim of ‘Becoming England’s greenest region’. NEECCo is calling upon every individual, household, business and organisation in the region to sign up and make a pledge to work together, and to help attract significant and sustainable investment, including from government, to build a £1.5 billion portfolio of investable projects.

NEECCo’s aims include agreeing ambitious targets to develop and deliver climate and environmental initiatives to tackle the climate emergency, reverse ecological collapse and deliver a just transition to a new green economy.  Reaching this goal can only be accomplished at scale, and through sectors and organisations working together, so everyone is asked to do their bit, however small.

Portait image of Sir Paul Ennals

“Retrofitting the homes of the north east is a major challenge for us all. With up to 30% of emissions across our region coming from domestic energy use, we know this work is crucial if we want to green the north east and move towards net zero. Key partners in our region are committed to working together, and this conference provides a great opportunity to share ideas, to work out ways of tackling some of the biggest challenges, and to galvanise new partners to join NEECCo’s collaborative programme that is led on our behalf by the Northern Housing Consortium

Sir Paul Ennals, CBE, Convening Chair, NEECCo


  • Sir Paul Ennals CBE, Convening Chair of NEECCo
  • Sam Granger, Head of Environmental Sustainability, Thirteen
  • Joe Hill, Sales Manager – North, Kensa Contracting
  • Adrian Cantle-Jones, Durham County Council
  • Lewis Aird, Business Development Manager, Stelrad
  • Richard Watson, Northumbria University
  • Tara Hipwood, Northumbria University
  • Zahirah Azizi, Northumbria University
  • Tracy Harrison, CEO, Northern Housing Consortium
  • James Moran, Area Sales, Panasonic
  • Ross Holleron, Head of Innovation, Sero
  • Paul Kilby, Regional Partnership Manager, Glasgow City Council
  • Sean Conway, Business Development Manager, Eurocell
  • Alex Cole, Director Innovation & Consulting, Midlands High Growth
  • Paul Fiddaman, CEO, Karbon Homes
  • Jamie Driscoll, Mayor, North of Tyne
  • Matt Harrison, Programme Director, Social Housing Decarbonisation, BEIS
  • Samantha Tullock, Strategic Assets Business Lead, Believe Housing
  • Emily Thompson, Director of Climate Change & Fuel Poverty, Groundwork

Low Carbon Homes North East on 28-30 September, hosted by NEECCo, is a free-to-attend online event bringing professionals from inter-related sectors together to collaborate and consider the scale of the challenge, the solutions available and the barriers to overcome.

Retrofit Meeting House debut

Low Carbon Homes’ will debut the all-new Virtual Retrofit Meeting House at the North East event enabling attendees to gather in rooms and at tables.  Set in a stimulating virtual house environment the house features technology of event partners Kensa Contracting, Panasonic, Stelrad and Eurocell.

“We’re committed to staging our events in the most engaging and informative ways, while also minimising our carbon footprint.  This latest innovation builds upon the rewarding experience of past events to create a truly memorable event focussed on the crucially important topic of retrofit. So where better to meet, than in the Retrofit Meeting House?”

– Graham Lock, Founder, Low Carbon Homes

After the North East, Low Carbon Homes will be staging further events across the UK.  Next is Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow City Council on 19-21 October, then Suffolk in November and Lancashire in December.

Registration for North East event closes 27 September 2021 at 4pm