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Free installer events in the East of England to support green growth
SustainaBuild is offering a range of targeted, up-to-the-minute events and networking opportunities designed to equip small and medium sized installation businesses in the construction industry to grow and access new and existing markets.
In the midst of the recession, whilst the rest of the UK economy was virtually flat, the low carbon economy grew by up to 5%1. As this economy continues to recover and grow, development across a range of sectors is gathering pace.
Roger Melanaphy, who attended previous SustainaBuild events on behalf of TM Plastering, said: "As a small business we needed help to develop our environmental work responsibly within an ethical framework.
"With the support made available to us, we modified our practices and procedures without impacting on our profitability and viability. We view our continued participation in the SustainaBuild programme as fundamental in helping our small business to grow."
The first of three free events open to businesses in the East of England begins in Watford on Tuesday 21st April. This event will focus on low carbon retrofit and will include a free guided tour of the BRE innovation park, showcasing groundbreaking green technologies in some of the world's most sustainable buildings.
The second event in Colchester on Thursday 30th April features a visit to Worsnop House, a sheltered housing scheme owned by SustainaBuild project partners Colchester Borough Homes which has undergone a major low carbon retrofit; including gas absorption heat pumps, renewable technologies and energy efficiency measures.
The third SustainaBuild event in Cambridge on Thursday 7th May is the final opportunity for businesses to receive free, expert advice on how to get the most out of the low carbon market and take their knowledge to the next level.
Rebecca Bear, Programme Manager at SustainaBuild says: "This is a great opportunity that not only gives small to medium sized businesses the chance to grow, but also helps stimulate low carbon economic growth in the East of England."
All of the events will feature talks from specialists including: 2014 Green Social Housing Champion winner Paul White, Richard Ryland of Bosch, George Philips of Colchester Borough Homes and representatives from The National Energy Foundation.
Climate Energy's in-house consultants will also be hosting talks on the Renewable Heat Incentive, an update on the Green Deal and ECO and tendering for a small business.
Places are limited so if you want to secure yours, contact the organisers without delay. Details are at the foot of this page.
SustainaBuild is led by the Climate Energy Group, one of UK's largest independent energy efficiency companies. Since its inception in 2001, Climate Energy has provided a complete range of energy efficiency solutions to local authorities, registered providers, developers and homeowners nationwide.
Its services span all aspects of energy efficiency, from consultancy and project management through to delivery at a local level via a national network of accredited assessors and installers.
Today, in addition to retrofitting existing housing stock with a variety of energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies, the company also builds new homes to Zero Carbon and Passive House standards at a cost equal to traditional build, but in significantly less time and with reduced cash flow requirements.
Climate Energy's mission is to help tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions through expert advice, support and delivery of the latest renewable technologies and energy efficiency measures; at the same time helping to change the perceptions and behaviours of organisations and communities - improving their understanding of the benefits of low carbon living and raising awareness of its importance to environmental sustainability.
The Group's ongoing growth has seen it listed within the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 for two years running.
SustainaBuild is a three year project that aims to stimulate low carbon economic growth in the East of England by providing free support to 180 small and medium sized construction sector businesses in the East of England wishing to diversify, up-skill and collaborate in order to deliver the work required to implement the Green Deal. Small and medium sized businesses will be supported through a series of workshops, one to one consultancy and access to a comprehensive online portal with case studies, best practice guides, forums and partnership and mentoring opportunities.
10th April 2015