This session investigates the role of buildings in meeting our carbon ambitions. It looks to examine the potential impact of future technologies and infrastructure on a decarbonising grid and how this could aid improvements in building performance.

  • The role of buildings in a decarbonising grid
  • Demand side response in an evolving grid
  • Scenarios and modelling of the future grid
  • Future technologies and their role in the decarbonisation of buildings

This session explores the relationship between building occupants, controls and building management. It looks to discuss the efficacy of current practice, and how we can improve future user controls experience.

  • Automated vs manual controls: what works best for building performance?
  • Energy conservation measures and the level of occupant control
  • From briefing to handover – the importance of user engagement in the design and use of controls
  • Smart technologies and user controls of the future
  • Electrical cables & testing
  • Understanding the risks after testing, e.g. installation in ducts where cables begin to behave differently
  • Importance of restraining non-mains electrics cables (e.g. comms & controls cables)


  • Understanding the consequences of F-Gas phase down
  • What choices of refrigerants will we have?
  • Dealing with flammability
  • Recent & future product developments: what’s on the horizon?


MEES comes into effect on 1 April 2018 for both domestic and non-domestic properties, less than a year from now. After that date, landlords will not be permitted to let a property with an EPC rating of F or G, unless they have made all possible cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. And from 1st April 2023 a landlord will not be allowed to continue to let a non-domestic property with an F or G rating – or a domestic rented property from April 2020.



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