The Retrofit Opportunity – Why retrofitting buildings is crucial to meet 2050 targets

Date: Wednesday 29th June   Time: 12:00-12:45   Location: Online

This event is part of the natureplus late lunch sessions 2022

Most of the buildings we will use in 2050 are already built today. We will not be able to achieve the climate protection goals with demolition and new construction, because this destroys valuable resources and causes additional emissions. Instead we need to dedicate ourselves to the existing buildings and make them fit for a climate-neutral or, even better, climate-positive future. Hence retrofitting existing buildings is THE building task of the future. This natureplus late lunch session will reflect on the importance of retrofitting existing buildings by presenting the award winning UK Network SuperHomes operated by The National Energy Foundation (NEF). A network which was set up to spread awareness about how household CO2 emissions could be reduced by bringing together individuals, the so called “SuperHomers”, who have refurbished their homes to the highest standards of energy efficiency with sustainable and low energy measures and materials. In 2021 NEF introduced a new rating scheme for SuperHomes which provides a benchmark of retrofit achievement.


Paul Ciniglio, National Energy Foundation (NEF)

Paul is Refurbishment Lead at NEF and spends much of his time working on the SuperHomes network having co-created the SuperHomes Rating Scheme. He joined NEF in 2020 as a part-time member of staff having previously supported the team as a consultant. With over 30 years of experience in the built environment, the majority of this time was spent working for Housing Associations & Local Authorities reaching Head of Asset Management & Sustainability. Paul graduated as a Building Surveyor, has a Masters in Sustainable Development and is a Chartered Environmentalist. He has led multiple award-winning sustainability projects and lives in his own SuperHome which he retrofitted in 2009.

Key information

Date: Wednesday 29th June 2022

Time: 12:00-12:45 BST

Cost: FREE, registration essential

Location: Online 

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About the natureplus Late Lunch Sessions 2022

Transforming the Building Sector with Sustainable Building Materials

Whether consumers, planners or builders – this series is aimed at everyone who is interested in sustainable building and sustainable building materials and is looking for the right introduction to these topics. 

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