Many thanks for asking for ideas for future webinars in the e-mail/ newsletter sent out on 29th January.
The following two suggestions may be more for ‘down-the-line’ as part of getting wider audience (of homeowners) on board as they are probably more for those only just becoming aware of adopting low carbon lifestyles.
Suggestion 1: ‘Where are we on Electric Vehicles – Developments, Benefits, Challenges/ Myths and How to Ensure Running on Low Carbon’.
This could provide an introduction to where we are now and what is likely to happen over next few years – including with charging facilities. This could help those unsure about moving from the internal combustion engine and, also, link into Power Shaper, say, as a follow-on. It could reach a wider audience and, therefore, recruit extra members.
Suggestion 2: ‘Getting On Board with a Making Your Home Low Carbon with a Phased Retrofit’ (including case studies of those undertaking this approach plus tips on financing and using reputable contractors).
This, therefore, has a somewhat different emphasis to the existing Retrofit for Beginners (which I found very useful).
While the key is whole house retrofit and everything, including a phased approach, should start with a survey/ assessment, many may be concerned that it does require the ‘big bang’ of doing the whole house in one go. This may be, for example, that they find such a project daunting, may have recently invested in works that they feel could now be inappropriate (e.g. some double glazing instead of triple, new gas boiler instead of heat pumps etc) and may worried about finding sufficient funds.
Such a webinar could include the goal retrofitting the whole house but ease the path for those that feel they are not able to do that. It might help build a wider audience for the Co-op and lead to more members and, ultimately, clients. It might also include some implications of forthcoming Govt. Heat & Buildings Strategy plus highlight pitfalls - as well as opportunities - of initiatives such as the Green Grants Scheme.
Hope helpful - I realise more general webinar topics as introductions.
Paul (member joined 2020)