COP26: will it lead to a global consensus on tackling one of the gravest threat’s humanity has ever faced? That’s for the world’s leaders to decide. To a depressing degree, we’re only spectators.

But we can take action in our own sector. The UK’s social homes carry a hefty carbon legacy. We need to build new efficient homes while bringing millions up to much greater standards – and the HQN annual climate change conference 2022 will inform and inspire you do just that. It’s not just blah, blah, blah.

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    Chaired by the inimitable John Grant, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Construction and Climate Change and an increasingly present face on TV news, the event will feature a keynote from Lord Deben, Chairman of the government’s Climate Change Committee. What will Lord Deben have to say in the wake of COP26? We’ll hear from him direct.

    The conference – held virtually, naturally – will present you with a great opportunity to hear directly from those working on the frontline in the battle against climate change, from within the sector and beyond. Essential for anyone working in sustainability and asset management and, with our unravelling climate affecting every aspect of the way we live, plan, and work, there is something of interest to everyone working in housing. You’ll get to hear about the latest best practice and developments with plenty of practical ideas to put into action.

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    Liane Duxbury, former Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design, and Frances Robertson, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, will deliver a joint session on Avoiding Accidents by Design. There are lots of commendable intentions out there, but many have made big mistakes in their efforts to improve efficiencies in their housing stock. The session will look at some of the key errors and how to avoid them.

    Helen Boyle, Cadent’s Head of Regional Development (North West and West Midlands), will explore the transition to hydrogen. What solace does the gas offer? How practical is its application? We’ll hear an update on progress so far and learn how we can potentially tap into this emission-lowering fuel alternative.

    Home Group’s Executive Director Business Development, Nusheen Hussain, will take us on a journey: Navigating through social housing decarbonisation. Nusheen will outline this vast undertaking and what it has meant for the housing association. There’s a lot to consider.

    Rose Bean, Interim Executive Director of Assets and Sustainability at Abri, will look at Climate Change – The challenge of our generation. Considering the macro challenges, the session will explore the implications for the social housing sector as we ready ourselves for a changing climate and transition to a net zero economy.

    Finally, Austin Baggett, Managing Director, Sava, will examine How the decarbonisation of the UK’s electricity supply will impact your net zero strategy. Planning for net zero requires not only detailed knowledge of your housing assets, but also an understanding of how the decarbonisation of electricity will radically change your carbon output. Austin will illustrate the issues through some examples of typical housing stocks.

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    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

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