Liverpool Going For Double and Triple

Drone shot of Liverpool

With double and triple glazing on the agenda, the Low Carbon Homes Liverpool online retrofit conference goes live on Tuesday 19 January to consider how to rapidly scale up the retrofitting of housing to meet a net-zero target.

This will be a series of events for various parts of the UK over the coming weeks and months - more details below.

Liverpool City Council plans to make the city carbon neutral by 2030, creating more energy-efficient housing stock, increasing the amount of green space in the city area and improving air quality. The Council’s vision includes: incentives for the private sector to build more energy-efficient housing; retrofitting 6,000 homes with energy-saving features such as triple glazing, heat pumps and solar panels; and financial incentives for homeowners, including discounted green mortgages.


Three mornings of presentations and debate have been specifically curated with the assistance of LJMU, Liverpool City Council and an Advisory Board of local stakeholders:

Day 1 (Tuesday 19 January) – What have we got to do and how are we doing?

Prof. Mike Riley, Pro-vice Chancellor, LJMU, Cllr. Barry Kushner, Cabinet Member, Housing & Regeneration (opening the event), Ian Rippin – CEO & Alex Hughes - Operations Analyst, MCS, Richard Partington, MD, AceOn, James Hill, Property Strategy Director, Onward Housing.

Day 2 (Wednesday  20 January) – What else could we be doing?

Charlie Baker, Director, Red Coop, David Lewis, MD, ista, Marianne Heaslip, Associate, Urbed.

Day 3 (Thursday 21 January) – What’s holding us back?

Dave Woods, Director of Operations, Cobalt Housing, Dr Lisa Newson, Programme Leader MSc Health Psychology, LJMU, Prof. Andy Ross, Professor of Construction Economics & Management, LMJU

 Louise Davies, Head of Housing Delivery, Liverpool City Council, Lucy Pedler, Director, Futureproof, Wendy Osborn, Partnerships Manager, CITB.


 “We’ve been working with LJMU for over a year now to deliver this event. Originally planned to be a conventional in-person conference, we’ve now successfully transitioned to online, making the event freely accessible to all those concerned with the challenge of scaling up retrofit in Liverpool and the city region.”

– Graham Lock 

Founder, Low Carbon Homes


"We’re taking a close look at the viability of retrofit in an area of the UK with relatively low property values and high levels of poverty and look forward to achieving positive outcomes that will enable the city to take bigger steps towards their bold net-zero vision,” continues Low Carbon Homes' Lock.



Low Carbon Homes on 19-21 January, hosted by Liverpool John Moores University, 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.

After Liverpool, Low Carbon Homes will be staging further events across the UK.  Next is Kent (26-28 January), followed by Oxfordshire, Manchester and Portsmouth.

Registration for all events is open at


Picture: How can homes in Liverpool be made more energy efficient?

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
12th January 2021


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