Free of Charge

Zero Carbon Harrogate and Harrogate College are providing this event free of charge, to provide our local building industry with the knowledge and understanding of what retrofitting is, why it’s important and how individuals and businesses can gain the skills needed to meet the growing demand from homeowners to retrofit their homes.


In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to legally commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Retrofitting the UK’s existing housing stock will help reach this goal by reducing the energy needed to heat a home and providing renewable, low-carbon energy.

Retrofitting homes is typically about insulating all parts of a home to high standards, reducing air leakage, improving mechanical ventilation and installing low carbon heating systems (e.g., heat pumps).

Harrogate College are developing courses that will provide our local building industry with all the skills they need to carry out these retrofitting services. This event will also provide an opportunity to feed back to Harrogate College what you think would be beneficial to incorporate into the courses and help shape the future of our district.

We have three highly knowledgeable speakers with industry experience, who will cover a broad variety of topics, including:

  • Net zero emissions policy and how homes fall into this

  • Minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented homes

  • An overview of whole house retrofit and typical measures

  • Low-carbon heating installations, including heat pumps

  • An overview of the PAS standards

  • The role of the retrofit assessor and retrofit coordinator

  • An overview of the Construction Leadership Council assessment of the number of homes that need retrofitting and tradespeople required to deliver the work

  • Current supply and demand of retrofitting services in the Harrogate District

  • Work winning, and providing retrofit contracting services


Adam Harper

Adam is a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), certified passive house tradesperson and Programme Manager (Home Energy Efficiency) for City of York Council.

Chris Wilde
MD at Yorkshire Energy Systems Ltd, a renewable energy installation company based in Harrogate, and board member of the Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition.

Refreshments will be provided by Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate.

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Win a £50 voucher for a restaurant of your choice

anywhere in the Harrogate District...


If you work in the building trade we would be grateful if you could complete a short five minute survey, to help us gain insight into the needs of the local building community and help us tailor this event even further. To say thank you for your time, you will be entered into a prize draw for a £50 restaurant voucher. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

This survey is completely anonymous. Your name and email address will be stored separately from your answers and in line with our Data Protection Policy, which can be found here

The survey will close at 09.00 on Tuesday 2 November, 2021 and the winner drawn at random will be contacted by email no later than 48 hours after the draw is made. If no response is received within 10 days the draw will be made again.

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