Seminar focuses on net zero opportunities and challenges of low carbon commercial retrofit

Seminar focuses on net zero opportunities and challenges of low carbon commercial retrofit

Over 150 consultants attended a special seminar looking at the net zero challenge in commercial retrofit, as Mitsubishi Electric hosted the latest in an 18-month-long campaign of seminars and events focusing ‘On the Road to Net Zero’.

Senior stakeholders from the UK Green Building Council, Property Developer Savills and the Sustainability Supply Chain School joined the manufacturer’s own experts in an event aimed specifically at consultants and specifiers who wanted to find out more about carbon reduction plans, with a particular focus on low carbon commercial retrofit.

Commercial Product Group Director, Philip Ord started the presentations with an overview of Mitsubishi Electric’s own journey to net zero, followed by UK Green Building Council Special Advisor, Anna Hollyman, who presented preliminary findings on the key opportunities and challenges of retrofit. The UKGBC will be producing a special cost evaluation study into commercial retrofit measures in the New Year to offer guidance and advice on how companies can best prepare for net zero.

Chris Newman, Zero Carbon Design Manager for Mitsubishi Electric then spoke on the dangers of buildings becoming stranded assets unless they can improve their energy performance. He also talked about bivalent systems and the benefits of adding a heat pump working alongside, or in parallel to a boiler, as the first step in decarbonising buildings.

After the thought-provoking presentations and a stimulating Q&A session everyone was able to network on the roof terrace of the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology building with its stunning views of the London skyline and the Thames.

FEATURED IMAGE: Chris Newman talks to the audience about the dangers of buildings becoming stranded assets through poor energy performance.

INSET: The Q&A session with the panel from left to right, Chris Newman from Mitsubishi Electric, Holly Hansen-Maughan from the Sustainability Supply Chain School, Anna Hollyman from the UKGBC, Luke Webster-Scott from Savills, Dan Smith from Mitsubishi Electric