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Energy Saving Convention 2016

A Smarter Future for Sustainable Energy in Buildings Climate

Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) Project

Thursday, 24 November 2016 from 08:30 to 15:30 
Birmingham, United Kingdom

KIC and the University of Wolverhampton are delighted to bring you this year’s Energy Saving Convention held at the iconic venue of ICentrum in the heart of the West Midlands. For this second Energy Saving Convention, we are delighted to welcome Climate KIC as our partners.

This year we have arranged for some inspiring speakers to look towards the future and consider how smart technology can help designers, manufacturers and users of buildings to deploy sustainable energy solutions to deliver low carbon, low cost and highly desirable buildings.

Why attend?

If you are looking for new business ideas and opportunities, or want to check out what others in your interest areas are up to then this is the event for you.

This year we have 6 highly influential and inspiring speakers that have scanned the future in their field and tell us how smart technology can help designers, manufacturers, builders and users of buildings to save energy.

Alastair Parvin founder of the Wikihouse project will tell us how his open source housing concept can allow the people to design and ‘print’ their own houses and how this innovative, off-site approach can positively impact on the supply of low cost homes in UK and globally.

Jimmy Aldridge IPPR will explain the newly announced changes to government policy and regulation (November 2016 planned policy announcement). It will be interesting to compare the UK government’s view on possible changes to with that of our exciting speakers.

Bill Dunster of ZEDfactory champion of zero-carbon building designs will explain how sustainable development is both affordable and achievable within current market constraints.

Jeremy Williams who’s influential blog has been scanning the domestic and global energy horizons for many years will give us an insight into some of the big drivers which will transform the global energy usage landscape.

Katie Critchlow of Powervault looking at the energy storage scene – will be able to inform on battery technology and explain the predicted cost reductions over the next 5 years.

Jonathan Berry of Western Power Distribution will explain how the grid infrastructure is changing to a SMART grid to accommodate the renewable energy revolution and the opportunities this will bring to business and society.

Highlights include

Understanding the origins and future of the Wikihouse project with Alastair Parvin speaking about how this innovative, off-site approach might affect the drive for low cost homes in UK and globally.

It will be interesting to understand this UK government’s view on the proposed changes to policy and regulation with IPPR's Associate Director for Energy, Transport and Climate, Jimmy Aldridge and how this may affect drive towards zero-carbon buildings with ZEDfactory’s Bill Dunster.

One of the big drivers predicted to transform the global energy usage landscape is energy storage. Jeremy William’s blog has been scanning the UK and global energy horizons for many years and Powervault, 2015 Solar Innovation of the Year Award winner, is very positive about the future of domestic scale battery storage.

Already, with 25% of the UK’s electricity generation from renewables, this is having a big impact on the UK’s grid infrastructure. Western Power Distribution are as big as they come, who better to explain what this may mean for the uptake of domestic and commercial scale PV and the evolving energy storage technologies around the UK.

For the full programme and to register to attend this event, visit

To find out more about this event please contact the team at the University of Wolverhampton on 01902 321028 or via email at: 

For more information on the BECCI Project, visit the University of Wolverhampton's website.

If you would like to make an application for a complementary exhibition stand then email BECCI Project c/o Glenn Barrowman on E:

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