Decarb Network Symposium: Innovations in UK Building Retrofits


📅  30th of September

📍 Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge

💡 Event organised by University of Cambridge, Cambridge Zero, and Cambridge Cleantech

🎫 Free

The Decarb Network SIGs come together in this Symposium to dive into novel emerging technologies that can decarbonise retrofitting.


Join us at the first University of Cambridge Decarbonisation Network Symposium.

The Network’s Special Interest Groups will come together under the banner of ‘Innovations in UK Building Retrofits’.


Retrofitting and renovation of buildings will be key to reaching zero carbon targets. Much of the UK building stock is aging, with a range of ‘hard to treat’ and historic buildings that are difficult to upgrade. On one hand, technologies that exist face challenges of uptake, consumer confidence, and financial commitments. On the other hand, there is a need for new innovations in materials, energy systems, and processes to tackle buildings and new demands on how they are operated – e.g., innovative glazing, facades, insulation, new types of heat distribution materials, novel ventilation systems, smart operation, robotics etc.



This Symposium aims to identify innovative emerging technologies in this space that can be accelerated by industry-academic collaboration.


We are inviting external delegates to give short presentations on:

  • An emerging technology you are working on
  • Its future potential
  • Its technical challenges



Student poster competition: The Symposium will feature a student poster competition. Students are invited to join the Symposium and submit abstracts for their proposed posters (max 200 words) on the topic of ‘Innovations in building retrofits’.

Please email your presentation or poster proposal to no later than the 22th August.

Further Background:


The University of Cambridge is at the forefront of global efforts to achieve net zero, with many of our academics already working with industry and the public sector to accelerate progress. To support these efforts, the University runs a Decarbonisation Network of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in the following three areas:

  • The Hard to Decarbonise Technologies SIG (H2D) led by Professor Adam Boies covers work in technologies including transport fuels, power generation, material flows, building materials and industrial processes.
  • The Light Harvesting SIG (LH) led by Dr Sam Stranks covers work in technologies including photovoltaics, photocatalysis, photo-electrochemical devices, solar-driven fuel generation — including their development, characterisation, deployment and end of life.
  • The Built Environment SIG (BE) led by Professor Ruchi Choudhary covers decarbonisation of buildings and focuses on collaborations that equally engage industry and the public sector.