Building Sense Events

Upcoming events

We’re busy planning our events for this year that will include:

  • 24th August 6.30pm Stepping into retrofit with Future Ready Homes: fully funded home surveys, retrofit plans and supported delivery – all your questions answered!
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  • Getting your home heat-pump ready 
  • Retrofit in Herefordshire: what’s going on?
  • Boiler upgrade scheme: all you need to know
  • Retrofit for Heritage and traditional buildings 
  • Windows and doors: your questions answered

We’ll add links to book on Eventbrite as soon as dates are finalised or you can sign-up to our newsletter from the footer to make sure you find out about our news and events.

More news coming soon on face-to-face events around the County, Herefordshire Green Open Homes in early October and a series of one-to-one sessions where you’ll be able to speak to an expert about your own home. 

If you think you might like to open your own green home to inspire others to retrofit, or coordinate a group of open homes in your area, please email Gemma Monk-Hartley to find out more at

Past events

BUILDING SENSE YouTube channel

You can find all our past on-line BUILDING SENSE events, and subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here. Or you can click on the individual links below.

  • BUILDING SENSE: creating comfort + cutting carbon
    March 2021: We tackle the issue of how, with countless homes hard to keep warm, bills hard to pay, and a zero carbon target, we upgrade (retrofit) homes and buildings across Herefordshire to meet current and future needs. Speakers include: Gervase Mangwana, Waxwing Energy; Rosemary Coyne, Connexus; Andy Simmonds, Association for Environment Conscious Building; Greg Jones, Keep Herefordshire Warm/Severn Wye; Cllr Ellie Chowns Herefordshire Council (Cabinet Member – Environment, Economy and Skills);  Gordon Coppock, HGN and KLEEN; Kaye Welfare, Evolve
  • Thinking of switching to a heat pump?
    April 2021: Switching from the familiarity of a conventional heating boiler to a heat pump as your source of heating is a big step. Heat pump consultant John Cantor talks us through some of these key questions, and also hear briefly from Dominic McCann about how he prepared his home for a heat pump by turning down the gas boiler – and was comfortably surprised!
  • Wood heating- getting it right
    December 2021: Heating with wood is part of rural life – but is it OK in terms of climate and indoor air quality? Mike Harvey from HETAS and Woodsure goes through the pros and cons of heating with wood. What are the different wood fuel options? What do efficient stoves and boilers offer? How do you optimise them to get the most out of your precious fuel, to minimize emissions of carbon, NOx and particulates, and to maximize indoor air quality? Whether you’ve been heating with wood for years and want to cut your carbon, are just starting out with a wood stove, or are pretty sure you’ve been getting it right but want to check, find out more.

  • Gas boiler driving lessons – less gas, less carbon, lower bills
    January 2022: One day, you’ll probably switch away from a gas boiler (mains or LPG). Meanwhile, the boiler just hangs on the wall and does its thing. Yet ‘driving’ it more efficiently could cut your gas consumption by about 15%. Your bills too. And it might make your house more comfortable, with more even temperatures. Experts Jo Alsop and Caroline Williams from the Heating Hub explain how to get the best from your boiler now, and how to plan a pathway to heating in the future.

  • Where’s the heat going? Where’s the money going?
    March 2022: Retrofit Co-ordinator Greg Collier-Jones from Severn Wye Energy Agency talks us through where, and how, buildings typically lose heat, and what you can do now to plan and make improvements for next winter. With heating bills on the rise, and carbon reduction an imperative, Greg’s talk is an excellent and detailed look at this subject.

  • Simple and low-cost DIY routes to lowering your energy bills
    March 2022: A review and discussion with Q&A of easily available, low-cost solutions and how to use them to make your heating systems more efficient and your homes less leaky. Phil Newcombe from Marches Energy Agency discusses the practicalities with energy specialist Gordon Coppock from HGN.

  • The case for Solar
    March 2022: You might have considered solar at home or for your business, but thought the economics didn’t quite work for you. Well, soaring energy prices are changing those economics – and if you’re looking at an electric car, then solar PV can make even more sense. HGN’s solar specialist Gordon Coppock – Member of the Institute of Physics – presents his independent review of solar PV and solar thermal (hot water/heat) in our changing energy landscape.