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The Hot Topic - Overheating

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The Hot Topic - Overheating

The unprecedented temperatures experienced in the UK is a clear reminder of significant changes underway in the global climate. It also exposed weaknesses in our urban environments and exacerbated existing issues with the overheating of existing buildings including millions of our homes. Turning to technology such as air conditioning is not a solution as it may apparently solve one problem but, of course, sets up another with even more carbon emissions and even greater increases in temperature. Our only option to mitigate overheating is to change what we have to make more habitable environments. Carefully considered retrofitting of existing dwellings will reduce energy use, improve ventilation, improve building fabric performance and consider orientation and improvements to shading.

This webinar sets out how to deliver those changes

Chair: Victoria Ramsey, Urban Climate Services Team, Met Office

A National Retrofit Plan - Lynne Sullivan OBE, Chair, Good Homes Alliance and member of the Green Construction Board

Passive responses without the tech - Jon Bootland, Chief Executive, Passivhaus Trust

People Powered Retrofit - encouraging demand Sandy Rushton, Training Manager, People Powered Retrofit

Having a retrofit competent workforce - Arnout Andrews, Head of Social Housing and Local Government, The Retrofit Academy CIC


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    Lynne Sullivan, OBE Chair @ Good Homes Alliance and member of the Green Construction Board

    Chair Good Homes Alliance and member of the Green Construction Board. Lynne is a practising Architect and was a founding Partner of sustainableBYdesign. She has advised successive UK governments on sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment. Lynne was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture in 2011. She is a member of the UK Government’s Green Construction Board.

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    Arnout Andrews Head of Social Housing and Local Government @ The Retrofit Academy

    Arnout has dedicated 25 years to domestic energy, specializing in existing social housing.

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    Sandy Rushton Training Manager @ People Powered Retrofit

    Sandy is the Training Manager for People Powered Retrofit in Manchester. Since joining the team in 2021, she has worked with retrofit experts to develop a supply chain training programme and built partnerships to deliver training with other organisations in Greater Manchester and beyond. Before joining the world of retrofit, Sandy spent six years working in instructional design and eLearning course development. She is also experienced in delivering training, facilitating workshops, and coordinating community events.

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    Jon Bootland Chief Executive @ Passivhaus Trust

    Jon Bootland is Chief Executive of the Passivhaus Trust, He has helped to establish the Good Homes Alliance (GHA), the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA), the Building Performance Network (BPN), and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP).

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    Victoria Ramsey Climate Services Scientist @ Met Office

    Victoria Ramsey is a Climate Services Scientist within the Urban Climate Services team at the Met Office. Her focus is engaging with urban stakeholders to develop novel approaches in delivering climate information in a usable and tailored way, to assist decision making. Her work focuses on using climate information to analyse heat hazards and vulnerability to understand changing heat risk in cities.