Exeter-based PR & Marketing consultancy Glen King PR specialising in the construction sector, hosted a ‘Smart Energy Choices for Warmer Homes’ seminar. Sponsored by innovative, renewable heating manufacturer Minus7, the event was held at prestigious Dean Clarke House located in the heart of the city.
…………”David Greensmith, Business Development Director, Glen King PR said: “The government is seeking ways to reduce carbon and energy costs, and local authorities, together with business professionals, are working hard to help remove fuel poverty.” He adds: “With a specialist knowledge of both the construction and housing sector, we felt it was imperative to organise a seminar in Exeter, which is a forward-thinking city that champions innovation and renewable technology with world-leading design in development.”
The exclusive seminar offered a platform for industry experts to address issues around fuel poverty from a design aspect, behavioural change and innovative solutions through social housing; government legislation; compliance and technology. David Greensmith Chaired the event and keynote speakers included: Tomas Gärtner Director – Gale & Snowden Architects; Hilary Pitts and Alison Stock – Partners of Stephens Scowns; Neil Biddiscombe, Procurement Manager – Advantage SW and Hamish Wilson – CEO of –Minus7. Mike Harrison – Technical Director of Poole Housing Partnership gave a landlord’s perspective showcasing a highly successful project using Minus7’s endothermic tiling planks, resulting in extensive savings for their tenants.
Emma Osmundsen – Housing Development Manager & Client Lead (Build) .
The event, which attracted over 30 attendees, provided a platform for eminent speakers to present on: housing, government legislation, compliance, technology and the next steps towards eradicating fuel poverty. Speakers on the day includedExeter City Council, detailed – Gale & SnowdenExeter City Council’s strategy for new builds in the city, presenting a powerful case for Passivhaus in dramatically reducing heating bills and improving quality of life for tenants. Demonstrating how the Passivhaus strategy keeps people comfortable, whilst generating a return for the council and contributing to a low carbon city. She comments: “Fuel poverty is a growing issue from the need to both heat, and increasingly to cool our homes, as climatic conditions change. This seminar provided an excellent forum for some of the leading experts in providing solutions to this challenge, to speak and share their experience and expertise.”
Unable to attend the seminar personally, due to parliamentary commitments Emma Osmundsen said: “Fuel poverty is a growing issue both from the need to heat homes and increasingly to cool our homes as climatic conditions change. The Fuel Poverty Seminar provided an excellent forum for some of the leading experts in providing solutions to fuel poverty to speak and share their experience and expertise.”
Sponsored by innovative renewable heating manufacturer, Minus7, the conference sought to analyse how together and in partnership, fuel poverty can be tackled for tenants in both retrofit and new build homes, using technology and shared knowledge.
The independently-run consultancy, boasts a diverse portfolio of clients across all sectors, with a specialist knowledge of the construction industry. Glen King PR organise quarterly technical focused groups are targeted to personally invited guests and sponsored by a host speaker with expertise in their individual field, called ‘Technical Breakfasts’. The fuel poverty seminar is an extension of the Technical Breakfasts, and was designed to address pressing issues regarding fuel poverty and energy, and how the construction and housing sectors can start to make a positive change.
David Greensmith, Business Development Director, Glen King PR explained: “The government is working hard to provide answers surrounding fuel poverty, and local government are working harder along with business professionals to remove fuel poverty on a local level by providing warmer homes. With a specialist knowledge of both construction and the housing sector, I felt it was imperative that we hold a seminar in Exeter, a city full of innovation and passion when it comes to renewable energy, and bring together the ideas and expertise of people from within the industry, who are working towards tackling fuel poverty on a daily basis.” Ben Bradshaw MP gave a statement: “I’m in full support of tackling this vitally important issue head on. I believe the day was a positive one in working towards how we deal with fuel poverty, which affects so many, including young working families. It is incumbent on us all to support the most vulnerable and, by design as was demonstrated by the eminent speakers at the seminar. It’s important for us to work together to make a radical change to help many of the 13 million people affected by fuel poverty.”
Hamish Wilson, CEO, Minus7 concluded: “The seminar was a fantastic opportunity to further inform the fuel poverty debate, by exploring how UK energy suppliers, fuel poverty policy and smart energy choices contribute towards a socially-just transition to a low carbon society.Renewable space-heating technologies remain under deployed, yet they are the focus of government policy. The seminar was a fantastic opportunity to further inform the fuel poverty debate by exploring how UK energy suppliers, fuel poverty policy and smart energy choices can contribute towards a socially just transition to a low carbon society.It was great to see Minus7 highlighted as best in class as an affordable, complete solution to eradicate fuel poverty and deliver low carbon low cost heat to vulnerable people”