Upcoming Events

SHAP Retrofit Task & Finish Groups: Jan & Feb 2023

Following the release of SHAP’s ‘Retrofit – a system change proposal to government’, SHAP came together with other leading thinkers who have views, research and evidence on the ways that retrofit needs to change. The purpose of the meeting was to determine how we can work as a collective to amplify a united message to the government – about how to move energy system change forward. 

It was agreed that a series of follow-up Task & Finish groups needed to be established, to allow for evidence (in support of SHAP’s proposal) to be gathered. The kick-off sessions for the Task & Finish groups will take place on the following dates. If you would like to know more, or if you would like to take part and have evidence you think would be of value to the case for the effective scaling retrofit, contact

  • The role of localised retrofit: Thursday 12th January: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Community engagement and trust: Friday 20th January: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Mobilising a national retrofit campaign: Thursday 9th February: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Activating government: Thursday 16th February: 10am – 11.30am
  • A business case for retrofit: TBC

Retrofit thought alignment meeting: Thursday 13th October 2022, 10am – 12pm

This meeting is open to anyone who has a vested interest in advancing the retrofit agenda.

We have taken this opportunity to convene leading thinkers and organisations in order to develop a common understanding of the position of those who view retrofit as a critical priority, with the intention of harnessing national collaboration to support system change in scaling up retrofit.

Current issues such as energy costs, energy security and increased fuel poverty have contributed to immediate national imperative to finding ways to scale up retrofit. 

The objective of the meeting is to identify areas of potential alignment across the work each of us is doing, with a view to establishing a coordinated approach to speaking to the government about the need for system change for retrofit.

If you would like to join this meeting, please contact

SHAP & EEM: Whole house retrofit procurement framework workshop: Tuesday 18th October 2022, 10am – 12.15pm

We are delighted to announce that SHAP has partnered with EEM; enhancing our offering to members. EEM is a not-for-profit procurement consortium set up to drive cost and efficiency savings in the public sector. Since 2010, EEM focussed on delivering comprehensive yet simplified procurement solutions, with a wide range of compliant, competitive and high-quality products and services.

EEM’s vision is to develop a collaborative working approach, which delivers the fullest possible range of organisational, financial and social benefits. This very much compliments SHAP’s ambition to accelerate the delivery and impact of net zero, by leading and promoting best practice on the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable housing.

Over the coming months we will be working with EEM and our collective members to develop and deliver a comprehensive public sector procurement framework for Whole House Retrofitting for Zero Carbon Homes.

Using workshops, surveys and our combined expertise, we want to ensure that the framework structure and specifications meet the needs of our membership, to achieve their zero carbon goals whilst offering compliance, best practice, expertise, value for money and social value.

If you are interested in taking part in the workshops and sharing your experiences, expertise, needs and wants, contact and we will add you to the invite list. 

Past Events

Net Zero Asset Manager’s Group (NZAMG)

Date: Penultimate Thursday of every month – Next held on 24/02/2022

Time: 8.45am – 10.00am

Purpose: The NZAMG is a forum for Asset Managers and Local Authority Officers who are looking to share their experiences, learn from best practice and work with peers to deliver more effective retrofit programmes and better outcomes for residents. We work collectively to find solutions that benefit us all and use our combined strength and networks to drive systemic change and influence government to help us overcome common challenges and barriers. 

Who this event is useful for: Local Authorities and Housing Association Asset Managers

To attend: please contact us at

Retrofit Financing Workshop 

Date: Thursday 27th January, 2022

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Purpose: This workshop will feature a panel of speakers and finance experts who will share a number of different retrofit finance model options. The workshop will also consist of a group discussion, in which attendees will work with the panel to co-create finance solutions for different retrofit projects and circumstances. 

Who this event is useful for: Local Authorities and Housing Association Asset Managers, Finance Managers and Directors. 

To attend: please contact us at



Charlie Baker – Scaling up Retrofit Presentation

Charlotte Addington – Financing Retrofit presentation

Emma Lower – Retrofit: Who Pays Presentation

Social Impact

SHAP events and meetings take forward our research activities. Typically, our events programme includes our annual SHAP Conference, discussion workshops and site visits – as well as specific topic-focused ‘Task and Finish’ Working Group meetings. We have just introduced our NEW free-to-attend Webinar series, focusing on a variety of sustainable housing-related issues, starting in May with Fuel Poverty and the Warm Homes Save Lives proposals.

Under Covid-19 restrictions, all events for the foreseeable future will take place online.

Slides from most recent NZAMG meeting held on 20/01/2022:

Webinars & Workshops 2020

Webinar #3: Planning for the Future’ Workshop (14 October 2020): stakeholder meeting to inform the SHAP response to the MHCLG White Paper. View related documentation below:

Webinar #2: Tackling Fuel Poverty & Heat Decarbonisation Together (30 June): with updates from SEA, NIBE, NEA, Liquid Gas UK and Sero Energy. View/download slide-deck & listen to presentations from webinar (below).

Webinar #1: Fuel Poverty Update: with updates from Energy Capital, Marches Energy Agency and Act on Energy. View/download slide-deck & listen to presentations from webinar (below).

Audio recording from Fuel Poverty Webinar (presentations start at 4mins:35secs into the recording)

See updates in the regular SHAP Newsletter and below for the events and meetings scheduled over the next few months.


SHAP Conference 2020

Photos, slides, reference publications

photo highlights

  • SHAP Conference: 4 Feb 2020 (Fuel Poverty half-day AM)
    Central Birmingham, hosted by Public Health England and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund to launch the West Midlands Fuel Poverty Proposals. Focusing on those involved in addressing fuel poverty, and those involved in delivery over the next three years – existing agencies, local authorities, industry partners (energy companies, supply chain), social housing providers, regulators and policy makers.
  • SHAP Conference: 4 Feb 2020 (Sustainable New Build half-day PM) 
    Central Birmingham, hosted by Public Health England – workshop on housing and well-being design principles and the WMCA Design Charter. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Featuring a presentation on the award-winning Goldsmith Street passivhaus community development.

SHAP Conference – key reference documents

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions

Guardian article:

A SHAP half-day workshop examining how performance standards for new-build healthy homes can help meet climate change targets

Thurs, 24 October 2019
Civic Centre, Cannock Chase DC, Staffordshire

Background Reference Materials for Cannock Workshop: Performance Standards for new-build healthy homes (24 Oct; Cannock Chase DC)

SHAP West Midlands Fuel Poverty Programme 2019-2020

SHAP Fuel Poverty ‘Task & Finish’ Groups

SHAP is being funded by Energy Capital to support development of a West Midlands Fuel Poverty research proposal, to be delivered by January 2020. Five ‘Task & Finish’ multi-discipline practitioner groups are now working on targeted research for dissemination at the SHAP Conference (early-2020).

See the ‘Task & Finish’ Group details below.

Groups are up and running but we can always use more expertise!

Practitioners are now being invited to join a group to help inform the research and help the West Midlands address it s fuel poverty issues. Details of the Groups and their scheduled meetings are below (all meetings are based in or around Birmingham, and can also be attended online if needed.

  • Group 1: Programme Architecture & Governance (Innovation and Holistic Approach)
    Meetings scheduled: Weds Nov 6 and Thurs Dec 5th, 2019
  • Group 2: Business Case and Assessing the Benefits:
    Meetings scheduled: Thurs Oct 31 2019
  • Group 3: Academic Collaboration
    Meetings scheduled: Weds Oct 30 and Weds Dec 4 2019
  • Group 4: Supply Chain Technical
    Meetings scheduled: Fri 25 Oct and Tues 26 Nov
  • Group 5: Performance Management
    Meetings scheduled: Thurs 31 Oct and Thurs 28 Nov 2019
  • Group 6: Design of Area-Based Schemes and Development of Pilots
    Meetings scheduled: Thurs 24 Oct 2019

External events 2020

Act on Energy are providing free training for front line practitioners who come into regular contact with vulnerable consumers. Following the training practitioners will be able to:

Identify the causes of fuel poverty and know how this can affect people
Spot the signs of fuel poverty
Support people in practical ways to save energy and money

Places for the Birmingham events can be made via Eventbrite using the links below:

Dates (2020)TimeVenue 
Thursday, 23rd January10 – 12 noonSpitfire House, 10 High Street, Castle Vale, Birmingham, B35 7PR 
Tuesday, 10th March10 – 12 noonWest Midlands Combined Authority, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD 
Act on Energy events

SHIFT: Sustainability and Value For Money, 14 Nov 2019, Leeds

Aimed at social landlords, this event will provide information on how to develop a skeleton financial business case for pursuing environmental improvements. It’s free for social landlords. Please see details and book here

Low Carbon Homes North West, 14 Nov 2019, Manchester

Low Carbon Homes is a series of events, focused on retrofit, which in 2019 have been hosted in Dorset, Sussex and Suffolk and for this November, in Manchester. Each event follows a similar collaborative model, encouraging and facilitating dialogue between our architect, engineer, landlord, surveyor, consultant, contractor and local authority attendees.

The free-to-attend 1-day programme covers the whole-house approach to retro-fitting the UK’s aging housing stock – heat-loss, air-tightness, insulation, renewables, and system optimisation – equipping delegates with valuable insight to help dispel myths, and encourage take-up of low carbon solutions. Our host partners bring local context to the programme, making take-away actions highly topical, relevant and do-able. Read more

ERDF Technical Briefings and Site Visits

SHAP has been re-contracted to provide technical assistance to support the development of low carbon housing and whole place innovations projects in the GBSLEP area. New calls for ERDF will be opening in the early summer and SHAP continues to organise technical briefings and site visits to build awareness of ERDF grant and technical innovation. Please contact for more information.

West Midlands Fuel Poverty Programme

SHAP is working with Energy Capital to investigate approaches for setting up and sustaining a West Midlands Programme to address fuel poverty. The concept of the region hosting a large-scale national pilot has been agreed in principle with WMCA and BEIS. Initial discussions with obligated suppliers have been encouraging.

West Midlands Fuel Poverty ‘Task & Finish’ Groups are now set-up and underway with their specific areas of research. Practitioners in the West Midlands are invited to join and contribute to this important research. Group meetings have been fixed in the West Midlands area (usually held in central Birmingham). Please contact us if you would like to join a group and contribute. (Group meeting dates are being finalised now and will  be published here imminently for your information).

Collective Energy Switching

Local Authorities have been working with iChoosr to run Collective Energy switches. Please get in touch if you would be interested in attending or hosting further iChoosr events which will explain how Collective Energy switching can benefit bill payers and those providing financial inclusion and energy management services.

2018 SHAP Events archive

SHAP ERDF Tour at Totally Modular Tyseley Factory

Time: 10:00 – 1.45pm
Location: Totally Modular Factory, Neo Park, Wharfdale Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, B11 2DF

Please contact Rosemary Coyne – email

SHAP CLC ERDF Workshop – Procuring for value – a follow-up to the SHAP WMHOG Research

Time: Time: 11:00 – 2:20pm
Location: Rider Levett Bucknall, 15 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2BH

Please contact Rosemary Coyne – email

ERDF Priority 4 and Priority 6 Roadshow

Date 1st November 2018

Time: 10:00 – 12:00  

Venue: Birmingham City Council,Victoria Square,Committee Room 3, Birmingham, B1 1BB

To register please click here

SHAP ERDF WMHOG Research Update Webinar and Dudley College Tour

Time: 10.30 – 13:30
Location: Dudley Advance II Priory Road Dudley West Midlands DY1 4AD 

ES Catapult

Transforming places through clean growth

Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018
Time: 9am-4.15pm (drinks reception 4.30pm-6pm)
Location: Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, B1 1BB

We’re pleased to announce that James Heappey MP, Chair of the Conservative Back Bench Policy Committee for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Vice Chair of the Association for Decentralised Energy, will be opening our inaugural local area energy conference, while Sir Vince Cable MP, founder of the Catapults, and Leader of the Liberal Democrats will be delivering the closing session.

This inaugural insight event is designed to engage local authorities in mapping the future of local energy, informed by the Energy Technologies Institute’s innovative work and investment into local area energy planning.
Join attendees from Bath, Birmingham, Hastings, Lancaster and Leeds among others to explore the challenges and opportunities of decarbonising energy at a local level, discuss how we can make it happen and much more.

15 May 2018 09:30 – 16:00



Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DB

Energy Efficiency in Your Community

19/04/2018 10:00 – 16:30 Location: B15 2AT

Community Energy England and Carbon Coop have joined forces to bring you a full day of workshops and presentations from industry experts and practitioners in energy efficiency and domestic retrofit.

The event is focused on practical skills to enable Community Energy organisations and partners to initiate, improve and extend energy efficiency services in their area.


Fuel Poverty and the Energy System
08/11/2017 10:00 – 16:00   Location: B4 6BS

The day will cover two elements related to fuel poverty.

The morning session will focus on the Fair Futures programme.

Energy Systems Catapult is developing a programme, Fair Futures, to understand the issues faced by different vulnerable energy consumers and identify the areas where commercial, governmental, community and householder needs and motivations could be aligned to provide more effective policies, products and services.

This interactive session with SHAP will explore what we already know about working with vulnerable people, what the underlying causes of fuel poverty are and ways to support them in the future.

The afternoon session will focus on technologies to aid Fuel Poverty.

With the increase in battery storage technology, you will hear from Sunamp on how their thermal storage works and, with the rise of electric vehicles and shifts in policy priorities in relation to energy and transport systems, Cenex will present on the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.


SHAP ERDF WMHOG West Midlands New Build Housing Standard
16/11/2017 10:00 – 16:00     Location: B3 2ES

At this event we will give an introduction to the new ERDF calls in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area and how this funding could be used to test new build innovation in projects developed to respond to the research findings based on the discussions at today’s event.


Driving up quality and performance within a financially viable delivery model.

This is the final of four workshops discussing a West Midlands new build performance standard and the potential for ERDF grant to support innovative approaches to the delivery of high quality new build housing developments; striving for a replicable, scaleable approach to creating long term positive impact from investment in new housing being made now.

In this workshop we will be defining our proposal for a West Midlands new build standard for healthy homes, drawing on the previous three workshops. We will:

  • discuss how to manage competing priorities within the current financial and regulatory context, and
  • debate the potential for new approaches to determining value for money and how they can realistically and viably lead to delivery of a high quality, energy efficient national housing infrastructure.

Outcomes from this workshop will be shared at our event to launch the research interim report on 27 November 2017 at the HCA building, Birmingham City Centre.

This event is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by the West Midlands Housing Officers Group.

ERDF grant is available in most LEP areas currently. The Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP has calls open for gap funding innovative new build low carbon homes and projects involving land remediation and the creation of blue and green infrastructure.


SHAP ERDF WMHOG Research Interim Reports Launch
27/11/2017 10:00 – 13:00     Location: B3 2PW

In 2017, the West Midlands Housing Officers Group (WMHOG) has part funded research into three related issues where there is need, demand and an evidence base that business as usual will not deliver the high quality homes and national housing infrastructure required in the UK.

This morning event launches the interim findings of the SHAP WMHOG task and finish groups so that our wider networks and key UK innovators and leaders can comment and add their own thinking to the debate. The outcomes of the event will be taken forward in further research and the final outputs will be launched on 16 May 2018.

The event signposts to the opportunities to bid for ERDF to support innovative approaches to changing the way our housing stock is designed, built and managed.

This event is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by the West Midlands Housing Officers Group.

ERDF grant is available in most LEP areas currently. The Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP has calls open for gap funding innovative new build low carbon homes and projects involving land remediation and the creation of blue and green infrastructure.


27/11/2017 13:00 – 16:00     Location: B3 2PW

We know that ‘Business as usual’ is not delivering the high quality healthy homes and national housing infrastructure required in the UK.

This event builds on the launch of the interim findings of the SHAP 2017 research in the morning and, in this afternoon session we will look at the progress made on delivering the Bonfield Review findings and on the proposals by Energiesprong UK to build a volume deal for net zero energy homes in the UK.