About the conference
In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), which will this year take place in Glasgow, action to address the climate emergency and reduce our energy demand has never been more important.
SFHA’s 2021 Energy Conference will explore practical solutions to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in the social housing sector. Invited speakers, including our strategic partners Changeworks and Warmworks, will respond to the ‘big challenges’ being faced by the sector as part of the transition to a ‘Net Zero Nation’ and offer insights into how these can be addressed in a fair and just way.
Benefits of attending
- Discover practical solutions and approaches to tackling the ‘big challenges’ of the sector
- Learn from industry experts with experience in energy efficient and low carbon technologies
- Take part in a networking session with SFHA associates who can answer your question and offer support on particular issues
Who should attend?
The conference is aimed at those involved in asset management and delivering low carbon solutions for the social housing sector.
Costs and how to book
The conference costs £180 for SFHA members and £250 for non members.
To book your place use the 'Book Now' button at the top of this page.
You will receive the joining information for the conference a few days before the event is due to start which you will use on the day to access it.
After the success of our Engagement Virtual Conference back in June we are broadcasting this session on EventsAir.
- The online recordings of webinars and conferences using our virtual platforms will be used on the SFHA website to provide insight and information post-event.
- SFHA has considered the 3rd party usage and security of both applications and found these both suitable and applicable to meet our privacy and data protection standards.
- We may also use these recordings for information sharing, promotion and publicity, this also includes social media use. Personal details and identification will never be recorded or shared if it is deemed inappropriate or not for legitimate interests.
- By your attendance at the webinar/training/virtual conference, you acknowledge that you have been informed that your details may be shared for legitimate interests purposes only.
- If you do not wish to be recorded, or details used for as part of this conference, you should inform SFHA staff immediately.
Member Price £180
Non-member Price £250
Historic Environment Scotland
Roger is a Chartered Building Surveyor and holds an MSc in Building Conservation. Initially starting his career in construction work on historic and traditional buildings with a building conservation contractor in central Scotland, he joined Historic Environment Scotland in 2006 where he now he leads on managing the Technical Research Unit, its programme and its published outputs.Read More
His team interacts widely through outreach work with industry, building professionals and trades. Work strands include trials and demonstration work relating to energy efficiency in older buildings, climate change adaptation, the use and specification of traditional materials and emergency repair. His team also sponsors projects on traditional buildings with community and other groups to demonstrate all aspects of repair and upgrade.
Dr Martin Valenti
Dr Valenti Joined the SOSE team on 5 July as Director of Net Zero and is leading the economic and community development agency’s efforts to help the region to transition to a NetZero economy. This includes taking forward the work of the South of Scotland Energy Transition Group’s Powering Change call to action.Read More
The appointment is a significant one for the South of Scotland, with Dr Valenti an award-winning sustainability practitioner and serial disruptor, with extensive experience of strategic business engagement and innovation.
Dr Valenti an award-winning sustainability practitioner and serial disruptor, with extensive experience of strategic business engagement and innovation.
For over 30 years he has worked in a variety of senior management roles shaping and delivering inclusive growth initiatives and directing major collaborative projects.
He has successfully delivered high profile projects for the Scottish Government on climate change and sustainability.
Dr Valenti worked for SEPA for 17 years where he held a number of senior positions. He played an instrumental role in setting up Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and co-created the award winning 2050 Young Leaders Climate Group. In 2018 he created the Vacant and Derelict Land taskforce to transform how Scotland deals with its post-industrial legacy to make more use of land for commerce and communities.
His most recent role was a secondment at Scottish Enterprise as Head of Climate Enterprise and strategic lead for COP 26.
Martyn is the Director of Technical Communications and Product Management for Worcester Bosch with over 40 years of experience in the heating industry.Read More
Martyn is a highly active, influential individual within heating and has held positions of high regard across the industry. This includes chairing the Technical Panel for the HHIC and being on the board for OFTEC, CIPHE and the Hot Water Association.
Martyn has been featured in multiple national media speaking on net zero heating and is one of the key personnel involved in the development of the award-winning 100% hydrogen boiler prototype from Worcester Bosch.
Stephen Strachan, Senior Consultant (Energy Systems) at Changeworks, is a low-carbon and renewable energy technology specialist with over ten years’ experience in the sustainability sector.Read More
He specialises in developing a strategic approach to identifying technical energy generation and decarbonisation solutions for domestic and non-domestic buildings. Stephen has recently led on the Scottish Government’s Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilots for 20 local authorities across Scotland, as well as research projects into deep-retrofit and heat pumps for the Scottish Government. Stephen is also a CIBSE certified Heat Networks Consultant (HNC206049) and uses this detailed knowledge to support RSL’s to optimise existing heat networks and plan for future developments.
iPower Energy and Power Circle
Jon is Managing Director of iPower Energy and of Power Circle. iPower develops low carbon project. Power Circle is a socially owned energy services company, which develops and runs low carbon projects working closely with Companies, Councils, Housing Associations and communities.Read More
Alongside solar PV, renewable heat, fuel cells and battery storage, Power Circle is pioneering with provision of grid services and peer to peer trading. Power Circle has grown out of work undertaken by the social enterprise iPower. With support from the Energy Systems Catapult, iPower has developed a distinctive business model Power Circle for taking low carbon solutions to scale in a way which is manageable within the financial, and other constraints of its social landlord and other partners..
Jon’s career has spanned the fields of housing, economic development and utilities. Jon has sixteen years’ experience with low carbon and renewables.
Iain has a wealth of renewables experience in both technology and technical application. A long-standing ambassador of heat pump technology, with experience in supply chain, manufacturing and contracting.
Dr Lori McElroy
University of Strathclyde and Existing Homes Alliance
Dr Lori McElroy MBE is a Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde. She is the current Chair of the Existing Homes Alliance in Scotland.Read More
Lori has a background spanning architecture and sustainable design and has been active in the energy and environment field for over 25 years with a particular interest in building performance appraisal and the role of performance monitoring in improving our understanding of how people use buildings, in order that our approaches to retrofit make sense and deliver against expectations.
Lori has been involved in the delivery of numerous initiatives with Scottish Government including chairing the recent Short Life working Group on Energy Performance Assessment, the Compliance and Energy Working Groups for Scottish Building Standard, and the 2024 New Build Heat Standard.
Patrick was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow region in 2003, has served as Convenor of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee during session 3, and as Co-Leader or Co-Convenor of the Scottish Green Party since 2008. He was appointed Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights in August 2021.Read More
Patrick Harvie spent his childhood in Dumbarton, and attended Dumbarton Academy followed by Manchester Metropolitan University.
Before becoming an MSP he worked for a sexual health charity as an LGBT youth worker in Glasgow, and was involved in the campaign to repeal Section 28 during the Scottish Parliament's first session.
John Gilbert Architects
Chris is an architect and a Director at John Gilbert Architects with over 30 years’ experience in ecological design and sustainable development.Read More
Previously a Chair of the Scottish Ecological Design, Chris is one of only three architects with advanced sustainable architecture accreditation from the RIAS. He is a design review panellist for Architecture + Design Scotland and has certification in Passivhaus design, Building Biology and Permaculture.
Jon was appointed Chief Executive of Link Group Ltd in January 2019. He was previously Group Director of Treasury at Wheatley Group.Read More
Jon has extensive housing experience in both Scotland and wider in the UK having held roles ranging from financial advisory services through to bank and equity investments. Jon has also worked with a number of central and local government bodies who have been involved in large scale infrastructure programmes.
Jon is responsible for leading the delivery of Link’s strategic vision through a range of services across the Link group of companies which serves more than 15,000 customers across Scotland. He recently led on the attainment of the imug certificate, Sustainable Housing Label.
Link is a group of eight social enterprises and housing associations operating throughout Scotland, having an annual turnover of over £70m and 700 staff.
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Sally Thomas is Chief Executive at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the national representative body for Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives.Read More
She has worked for several housing associations in London and the North East of England, most recently as Head of Community Investment at North Star Housing Group. Previously, she worked for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), on regeneration at an urban development corporation, as director of a consultancy specialising in community-based development and leading on social purpose and wider role at the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT).
She has co-authored several publications for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Chartered Institute of Housing, HACT, think tanks and government departments. The most recent is ‘Acting on Localism: the role of housing associations in driving a community agenda’, published by Respublica.
She has chaired and served on a variety of boards in the housing, arts, health and charitable sectors.
Lesley has worked with TPAS for 20 years, in that time she has worked with tenant and landlord organisations all over Scotland, supporting and building participation.Read More
Scotland has a long and strong history of participation, happy to say that TPAS has been instrumental in developing best practice across Scotland, in rural, urban, island settings and with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Tina joined Aico in November 2015 as a Regional Specification Manager in North London and early in 2020 was promoted to the role of Southern Specification Manager. Tina has been a driving force in developing strategic relationships to facilitate change within the social housing sector and has now taken up the new role of Relationship Manager.Read More
Tina’s objectives are to create strategic collaborative partnerships across all nations and collectively identify key barriers, work together to address them, and create further change to keep residents safe.
Worcester, Bosch Thermotechnology
Dimplex - A division of GDHV Group Ltd
IPower Energy UK
Historic Environment Scotland