Delivering future homes for Plymouth
The first city wide event showcasing future near market opportunities for domestic energy retrofit and new build housing has attracted over 150 representatives from the local and regional construction industry.
The event brought together leading speakers discussing national and local policy, research and innovation, funding, skills, technologies and opportunities as well as highlighting the challenges Plymouth face’s to reach Net Zero by 2030. With a 13% projected increase in the workforce required to build Plymouth’s new homes and to undertake the volume of domestic energy retrofit action, the skills crisis was highlighted as the biggest challenge to delivering better performing buildings.
Lead organiser Alistair Macpherson, Chief Executive, Plymouth Energy Community said: “Today is about catalysing local action to decarbonise our economy. 99% of the homes in Plymouth will need energy retrofits to get our city to Net Zero emissions. This is a massive challenge, but also a huge opportunity. At PEC we want to help shape investment programmes that enable warm, low cost, low carbon homes in a way that will really support local people, local jobs and the local economy. Future Homes Plymouth is a momentum building event to make that happen.”
Emma Hewitt, representing Building Plymouth said: “For the city to build 5000 homes over the next 5 years and to deliver the massive domestic retrofit programme needed to achieve our commitment to net zero by 2030, we will need to attract, train and recruit a huge new ‘green skilled army’ and invest in upskilling the current construction workforce. We need to work together now to rapidly build capacity and capability, and put into play the most effective skills interventions and an unprecedented recruitment drive to support growth in the local and regional supply chain.”
The event was delivered in partnership by Plymouth Energy Community, Building Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth and Future Plymouth 2030.