FOOTPRINT+ LONDON: Focus on domestic retrofit and decarbonisation

FOOTPRINT+ LONDON: Focus on domestic retrofit and decarbonisation

FOOTPRINT+, the UK’s most advanced event for decarbonising buildings, announces a cutting-edge agenda and speaker line-up for the 2024 show on the 8th and 9th May in Old Billingsgate, London, with plenty on offer for local authorities.

Constantly evolving, the show has set a precedent in the UK delivering affordable energy efficiency solutions to retrofitting council buildings and existing housing stock.

At this year’s event, Architect John Christophers will be describing how he and his wife Jo Hindley overcame the hurdles to delivering domestic retrofit in Balsall Heath, where 649 houses have been retrofitted at no cost to the homeowners. John and Jo worked with Birmingham City Council to access Local Authority Delivery Phase 3 funding to deliver the project. Harnessing the economies of scale, which contractors can offer when working on more than one house within a small area, they are replacing windows and doors, fitting loft insulation and draft excluders and improving ventilation.

Retrofit Balsall Heath is a team of volunteers led by Architect John Christophers, who says: “If you get the whole street doing it then the efficiencies for the contractors are great.” The scale of funding needed to retrofit the UK’s 29 million homes has been estimated at between £300-£600bn.

Conference programme
Attending FOOTPRINT+ local authority delegates will also be able to take part in a variety of thought-provoking
presentations, these include:

  • Access to air: Making heat pumps work discussing Hillingdon Council’s Civic Centre decarbonisation
  • Breathing life into a 1930s leisure centre with Westminster City Council
  • BNG in dense urban environments with Samuel Evans from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Retrofit-first planning policy with Kerstin Kane, Principal Planning Officer, City of London Corporation
  • The role of procurement in driving change with Fergus Harradence, Department for Business and Trade
  • The role of public sector in galvanising circular economy with Norfolk County Council
  • Not fit for purpose: Busting the myth with Edward Jarvis, Camden Council
The exhibition provides an ideal opportunity for visitors to connect with key organisations involved in sustainability and decarbonisation

Feedback about the event
Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Strategic Planning, Resilience & Floods at Bristol City Council said: “I’ve been really impressed with FOOTPRINT+, the sheer amount there is available to learn. Bring people from across your organisation, not just the senior leaders. Your workforce can learn a lot from the conference, ask questions and get into the detail of how to deliver on the objectives that we are all trying to pursue.”

Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, commented: “We look forward to working with FOOTPRINT+ over the months and years to come.”

Andrew Money, Founding Director at Carbon Futures, said: “Last year’s event was a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with like-minded professionals and learn about the challenges being faced across the industry. FOOTPRINT+ presents a fantastic platform for us to demonstrate our capabilities and offer support to a wide range of client groups.”

Chris Clarke, Performance and Improvement Director at SCAPE, added: “The conversations going on here are not regurgitations of important messages, they are moving forward discussions — that feels important. If you’re someone who’s trying to make a difference it’s well worth being here so that your voice is a part of that very contemporary discussion.”

Why attend and for more information
FOOTPRINT+ London will be taking place on the 8th and 9th May in Old Billingsgate, London. The event gives local authority delegates FREE access to over 60 sessions on seven stages over two days.

For more information about FOOTPRINT+ and to book your complimentary tickets please visit

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