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Retrofit supply chain invited to performance workshop

Businesses in Greater Manchester’s retrofit supply chain are being invited to the fourth Greater Manchester Retrofit Innovation Network event at the University of Salford on 3 December.

Businesses in Greater Manchester’s retrofit supply chain are being invited to the fourth Greater Manchester Retrofit Innovation Network event at the University of Salford on 3 December.

The Network, run by the University of Salford, was established to bring together experts in community engagement, retrofit design and supply chain development to support both top-down and bottom-up approaches to housing retrofit in Greater Manchester. 

It was formally launched on 24 September in Manchester Town Hall as part of Greater Manchester’s Green Deal Communities Programme.

Workshop series

Previous events in the series have focused on developing a retrofit ‘pattern book’ tool to share best practice and exploring the range of funding mechanisms to encourage the industry.

The upcoming December event will focus on understanding the so-called ‘performance gap’, where retrofitted buildings fail to match their modelled performance.

Performance gap

A number of experts will be at the event to discuss different aspects of evaluating and managing building performance, including Richard Fitton, technical manager of the University of Salford’s Energy House.

Fitton will talk about how buildings are modelled and the tools that can be used to verify their performance in the field. 

Professor Chris Gorse, director of Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, will build on the discussion by exploring how the performance gap is exhibited in the field, drawing on a wide range of experience from field trials.

Dr Will Swan, senior lecturer in buildings retrofit at the University of Salford, will also be on hand to look at the recent work behind the reasons for the performance gap and consider how retrofit projects might be better managed.

Book your place

The event will be held at the Adelphi Building, University of Salford, from 9:30 to 13:00. 

Places are limited, so businesses interested in attending are being encouraged to register online in advance.