Energy efficiency symposium success

Delegates at the symposium
Delegates at the symposium

A large turnout of delegates attended the Housing Executive’s Delivering Sustainable Homes and Communities Symposium in Belfast.

Attendees from a wide range of organisation were welcomed by the Housing Executive’s Chief Executive Grainia Long, who revealed that the organisation had passed the milestone of retrofitting 1,000 of its homes, taking a fabric first approach.

Mrs Long also launched the Northern Ireland Home Energy Conservation Authority annual progress report.

Louise Cullen, BBC NI’s environment correspondent, introduced the speakers who included Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy, Leeds University, and Dr Jane McCullough, Climate NI Manager. 

Other speakers were Kevin Hegarty, Director of Green Growth and Climate Action, DAERA, and Emma Stubbs and Robert Clements from the Housing Executive.

There was also a panel discussion with a range of local experts.  

Attendees got an insight into the Housing Executive’s plans to decarbonise housing to create a sustainable and climate resilient built environment. 

An update was given on the organisation’s sustainability programmes as well as its Corporate Sustainable Development Strategy and Action Plan. 

Nicole Lappin, the Housing Executive’s Chair, closed the proceedings, thanking delegates for their attendance.

For more information on the HECA report visit The Housing Executive - Energy efficiency and sustainability research (