0900: Coffee and registration

0930: Public sector – Policy

Chair – Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive, RenewableUK

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“How will the Paris summit influence Wales?”

Rhodri has been a civil servant at the Welsh Government since 2001, where he has held a variety of positions in different departments across government.  In his current role, his work has included overseeing the development of the Environment Bill (Wales) and before that the White Paper for the Well-being of Future Generations Act. Rhodri was the Welsh Government’s lead official at the Paris COP21 Summit and also a Visiting Policy Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath.


“Using operation data to improve Welsh energy policy”

Ian is a Member of the CIBSE Technology Committee. This committee provides CIBSE’s official response to consultations on specific issues such as energy efficiency, as well as helping set the future direction for professional guidance in the Institution. He is also a Core Member of the Federation of European Heating and Air-Conditioning Associations (REHVA) Technology and Research Committee (TRC). This committee’s remit is to assist in developing and disseminating technical information as well as enhancing and developing standards and research at a European level.

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“Supporting the shift to a green economy”

Jennifer Pride is head of the Renewable Energy team in the Welsh Government, and is responsible for policy on small and medium scale energy developments, and delivery in support of the policy aims.  She has led in a number of roles related to climate change, sustainable development, resource efficiency and distributed generation.

1015: Coffee Break

1045: Public Sector – Practice

Chair – Jane Forshaw, Director of Green Growth Wales for Local Partnerships


“Bristol Council; a leader in sustainable energy”

Paul is the energy infrastructure manager for Bristol City Council, and has been instrumental in helping the council become a leader in the energy sector, including self-supply of biomass for heating, proposals for district heating and the support of Bristol’s energy cooperative.


“Is the housing association sector truly engaged with sustainable construction?”

John is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Ecological Built Environment group at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is both an Architectural Technologist and Building Surveyor with an environmental bias. He has worked with the housing sector in Wales since 1993, starting with Care & Repair and with housing associations from 1996. The work has predominantly involved designing, managing and undertaken applied research and consultancy projects in a wide spectrum from biodiversity and food production to environmental building performance and energy use.

“An energy masterplan for Bridgend”

Michael is the Principal Sustainable Development Officer for Bridgend County Borough Council, one of just three local authorities which have been selected to test the ETI’s EnergyPath software, with a view to generating a comprehensive masterplan for energy generation in the county. He will be talking about the barriers – both institutional and practical – to deployment of a heat main in Bridgend, and wider lessons of strategic energy planning at the local level. More information on the scheme can be found here.

1200: Lunch

1300: 21st century construction. Smart, connected & green.

Chair – Lia Murphy, External Relations Manager at Ofgem


“The WikiHouse building revolution”

Alex is the architecture lead for the WikiHouse Foundation. He’ll be explaining how the WikiHouse platform has the power to revolutionise housebuilding in the UK, and how Wales could benefit from the approach

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“Open co-operative action – rebuilding the energy system from the grassroots up”

With a background in sustainability and co-operatives, Jonathan Atkinson is co-founder of Carbon Co-op, a community benefit society co-operative made up of owner occupier householders aiming to make large scale reductions in their home energy use. Carbon Co-op’s work includes delivery of an ambitious, private householder deep retrofit programme in Greater Manchester, piloting a co-operative smart grid/meter aggregator service and widespread use and development of open source tools and software.


“BIM as an engine of innovation”

Nick is Chief Executive of coBuilder UK, and is leading the drive for accurate product data to be produced and used within the built environment. Nick supports manufacturers to efficiently share their data, contractors to improve the way they collect and use data and FMs to receive accurate and rich databases and models, so they can improve management of their assets – all with a focus on using openBIM (bsDD, IFC, COBie).

 John Beardmore

“The future of BMS is open”

John is the co-founder of T4 Sustainability Ltd, and is experienced in renewable energy systems design and installation, energy and sustainability audit, low energy design, and sustainability advocacy. He is an accredited Carbon Trust Standard assessor (mostly working with large corporate clients), and has also provided resource efficiency support to a large number of companies.

1415: Coffee break

1445: Supply chain: Installers clinic

Chair – Duncan McCombie, Director of Energy Saving Trust Wales


“The Bonfield Review”

Dr Peter Bonfield joined BRE as a research scientist in 1992. He progressed through the organisation to become Chief Executive Officer of the BRE Group of companies in January 2012. A materials engineer with a PhD in wind energy and the design of turbine blades, Peter is passionate about the role that building science can play in finding solutions to the challenges that the built environment faces in delivering buildings, homes and communities that work for people, the environment and the economy.

Catrin Maby
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“Installer Power”

The key to unlocking low carbon retrofit in private housing

Catrin has an outstanding record of activity in the sustainable energy sector, having been Chief Executive of the Severn Wye Energy Agency for more than 15 years. She is currently working towards a PhD at the Welsh School of Architecture and is an Associate at Rickaby Thompson.

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“Travis Perkins and renewable energy deployment”

Steven has been involved in the building services sector for nearly thirty years, with extensive experience in the heating sector. He has since moved into renewables and energy efficiency, and has been a key figure in setting up Travis Perkins’ renewables design offering.

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“Marketing your green energy business”

Gareth is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur and renewable energy advocate. His businesses range across the Energy, Education, Home and Leisure Industries. Carbon Zero Renewables, the Energy division of the Carbon Zero Group, is a two time Solar Firm of the Year Award Winner and a 3 time Finalist for Solar Installer of the Year. Gareth has marketed his business using social media and other avenues, to be one of the UK’s most Celebrated and Recognised Firms.

1600: Networking session

Meet with colleagues and discuss the latest issues for the sector at the end of the session.


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RT @davidoclubb:Thanks to @MikeHedgesAM for his debate about the construction industry in Wales. I couldn't agree more - particular… https://t.co/drnScAdoYF