One week to go: Beyond Niddrie Road programme announced

Join the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) for “Beyond Niddrie Road: Retrofit Solutions for Older Housing” on September 19 2023. This free one-day event, held at voco Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, aims to explore strategies for integrating retrofit across older housing in Glasgow, Scotland and the wider UK.

As part of the conference, a comprehensive evaluation will be presented on the deep retrofit project of a pre-1919 sandstone tenement on Niddrie Road in Strathbungo East, Glasgow. Funded by Glasgow City Council, Scottish Funding Council, Southside Housing Association, and the Scottish Government, the retrofit successfully and significantly reduced energy demand and dramatically cut household bills. The project now houses tenants in each of the building’s eight flats.

The project is a collaboration between CaCHE and Southside Housing Association, John Gilbert Architects, CCG Construction Ltd., and the University of Strathclyde Department of Architecture.

Alongside the wider lessons from the evaluation of Niddrie Road, attendees will gain insights into key topics, among others, concerned with retrofitting older housing, including the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESHH) review, funding and delivery streams working at Glasgow, Scottish and UK government levels, thinking through incentives to speed up mass retrofit, and tenement strategies for achieving net-zero, while retaining our built environment heritage.


9am – Registration

9:30am – Opening addresses:

Prof Graeme Roy, Dean of External Engagement, University of Glasgow Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader, Glasgow City Council;

Mike Cantlay OBE, Chairman, Scottish Funding Council;

Patrick Harvie, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings

10:15am – Opening Plenary – Niddrie Road Project: Learnings and Outcomes

Prof Graeme Roy, Dean of External Engagement, University of Glasgow (Chair);

Prof Ken Gibb, Director, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence;

Prof Tim Sharpe, Head of Department – Architecture, University of Strathclyde;

Chris Morgan, Director, John Gilbert Architects

11:15am – Break

11:30am – Breakout Sessions

Session One – Heat Pumps and the Decarbonisation Agenda (Dr Nicholas Harrington, CaCHE)

Session Two – Retrofit for homeowners (Chris Carus, Co-founder, Loco Home Retrofit)

Session Three – Towards a Better Retrofit Standard (Chris Morgan & Prof Tim Sharpe)

12:30pm – Lunch

1:15pm – Plenary Session Two – Retrofit for Social Housing: The Challenge

Ilene Campbell, Director, TIS (Chair)

David Bookbinder, Director, GWSF

Tony Cain, Policy Manager, ALACHO

David Chapman, Group Growth and Development Manager, Procast Group

2:30pm – Break

2:45pm – Closing Plenary – Scaling Up Retrofit: Finance and Delivery

Prof Aimee Ambrose, Energy Policy, Sheffield Hallam University (Chair)

Susan Hanlin, Principal – Housing Retrofit, Glasgow City Council

Amy Tickell, Scottish Government

Charlie Murphy, Researcher, CLES

Simon McWhirter, Deputy Chief Executive, UK Green Building Council


Date: September 11, 2023 5:26 pm


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