Sustainable retrofit from the inside out

Sustainable retrofit from the inside out
Part 2 of the ‘Sustainable retrofit’ event

Learn about the business cases and benefits for using alternative building materials.


12pm-1pm- Networking Lunch

1.00 -1.30pm – Presentation (Online) – Alternative materials for construction – Professor Peter Braithwaite (CEng, CEnv), University of Birmingham – A discussion and presentation of alternative low carbon materials for construction.

During his 27 years with Arup, the last 10 years as Director, Peter developed and led environmental and sustainability services being involved in major urban and infrastructure projects worldwide. In 2008 he joined the ODA Delivery Partner as Head of Sustainability with responsibility for delivering the challenging sustainability targets during construction of the Olympic Park in London. On completion of this role, Peter was appointed European Head of Sustainability with CH2M HILL, where he continued developing sustainability frameworks and tools to aid the development of sustainable cities of the future.

1.30 – 1.45 – Presentation – Lime Green – Simon Ayres – “Breathable” internal wall insulation systems for solid wall buildings

Simon Ayres has been working with and selling lime mortars and plasters since the late Nineties when he worked as a repairer and builder on a wide range of historic buildings. With a genuine passion for quality environmentally friendly products not readily available in the UK, he founded Lime Green Products in 2002 with his brother James. Since then, Lime Green has set about developing and manufacturing a wide range of lime based products – everything from mortars, renders and plasters to wall insulation – all of which are natural, sustainable and energy efficient. Simon has considerable technical expertise in the field and is more than happy to offer technical and practical advice to home owners, building and restoration companies, and trade on lime products across the board.

1.45 – 2.00 – Q&A with Peter and Simon

2.00 – 3.00 – Demand vs supply – Corinne Brown (Shrewsbury Colleges Group and Chair of Marches Skills Provider Network) – Focussing on retrofit supply chain, this discussion workshop will look at current demand for retrofit skills, current provision available and future plans to meet the green skills agenda. Corinne has worked in the education and training sector for over 25 years with a particular focus on the construction sector.

3pm-3:15pm- Break

3:15pm-3.30pm – Presentation – Current funding to support small businesses – Vicki Ayton, Business Development Manager, CREST Project, University of Chester, (Shrewsbury campus) – A breakdown of current local, regional and national funding schemes to support employers.

3.30 – 3.45 – Summary and close – Judy Cooper and Vicki Ayton

Separate tickets will be available for the morning ‘Sustainable retrofit in practice’ event

**Please note there is no disabled access to the venue because of the recent floods in Shrewsbury. Those with access requirements should book online tickets. Apologies for the inconvenience

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