Retrofit 2019

Retrofit 2019
Materials, strategies, innovation and skills for the future
September 10th 2019, The Marriott Hotel, Glasgow 


As one of the leading countries for carbon emission reduction in Western Europe, improving the energy efficiency of all of Scotland’s buildings has been designated as a National Infrastructure priority and the Scottish Government is directing large sums of money into this sector, including 800m for the retrofitting framework and a significant investment in housing. With this in mind, this event will explore technologies, practices, engagement strategies, design, funding opportunities and long term benefits that retrofitting can offer in Scotland through the housing, commercial property, public and private sectors.

This event is an opportunity for those involved in the retrofit sector, and wider built environment sector, such as within central government, local government, RSLs, construction companies, developers, architects, planners, materials suppliers, IT providers, academics, skills providers, funders, environmental organisations and anyone involved in the built environment and sustainability to engage with peers to tackle issues and create partnerships, to develop innovative strategies and solutions with other thought leaders while engaging with new potential partners, suppliers and clients.

A copy of the agenda for the event follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event please contact us via

Event Agenda

9:20 Opening remarks from the Chair – Robin Webster, President, RIAS

9:30 Session 1 – Policy and Strategy

  • Opening address – Transforming our existing housing and making it fit for the 21st Century: Dr Lori McElroy, Director – Housing and Energy, BRE Scotland
  • ClimateXChange Energy Policy Effectiveness Project – Domestic energy efficiency and low carbon heat policy: Dr Niall Kerr, Research Fellow, Energy Policy Effectiveness, University of Edinburgh
  • Software solutions to manage environmental quality, scope energy efficiency retrofit, assess renewable deployment and stress test building design for climate change – Prof Billy Hare, Deputy Director of the BEAM Research Centre and Professor in Construction Management, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Research and evaluation models for improving homes for energy efficiency, health and the environment – Chris Morgan, Scottish Ecological Design Association

11:00 Break for networking and refreshments

11:15 Session 2 – Materials, Technology, Innovation and Impacts

  • Materials, technologies and innovation for the retrofit sector – Prof. Branka Dimitrijevic, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde
  • Passivhaus case study – James Robb, Senior Sustainability Consultant, WSP  
  • Natural Building products/Insulation case study
  • Do we have the required skills and expertise to retrofit our building stock? Phil Ford, Skills Development Scotland
  • Q&A

12:45 Closing remarks from the chair

12:55 Lunch and networking

14:00 Close

There are a limited number of places still available for this event and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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