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Energise Levenshulme: Skills for warmer, low-carbon homes (hosted by Carbon Co-op)

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, due to the announcement of the election on 12th December and the associated purdah period we are postponing Energise from Saturday 16th November 2019 until Saturday 7th March 2020.

All existing tickets are valid for the new date but we will also refund any tickets on request at full cost price.

We had initially hoped not to cancel the event but it has now become apparent that we have no option due to concerns around some of our funding and the commitments of presenters and attendees.

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes attendees. ☹️


Open to all, a day of workshops for everyone improving homes to save energy, save carbon and save money.

With sessions led by experienced experts this is an opportunity to learn and share knowledge with other people working to take action on climate change.

Register your place via Eventbrite.

(Business £50, Individuals: pay what you can, minimum £5)



Workshops are split into three zones: Getting Practical, Getting it Done and Energy Systems.

Getting Practical

Gain hands–on, practical knowledge and skills to help make your home warmer and more healthy. Get stuck in with everything from basic draught-proofing to ventilation and getting hands–on with infra-red cameras. All materials and tools supplied.

Workshop 1: DIY Draught-Proofing

Trainer: Aneaka Kaur Kellay, Carbon Co-op

Homes in Manchester are often draughty, cold and damp. It is surprising when you start to look, where draughts sneak into our homes and where heat leaks out. In this hands on practical session we will learn how to find draughts, understand what appropriate materials and tools to use, and have a go and sealing up some draughts!

Workshop 2: Home Health Check

Trainer: Aneaka Kaur Kellay, Carbon Co-op

While we spend 90% of our time indoors, we often don’t consider whether the air in our homes is healthy for us. In this session we will learn about indoor air pollution, the dynamics of humidity and moisture and strategies that can be used to improve your home environment, including ventilation.

Workshop 3: 10 things to think about that aren’t insulation

Trainer: Diane Hubbard, Green Footsteps

It’s easy to only focus on insulation when you’re considering how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Diane will help you to understand some of the other factors you need to consider. There will be a 30 min Question & Answer session at the end of the presentation where individual property issues can be raised.

Workshop 4: Using a thermal imaging camera

Trainer: Diane Hubbard, Green Footsteps

This session will take you through the basics on how to use a thermal imaging camera on your home and help you to understand the strengths and limitations of thermal imaging. It will give you an opportunity to use the Carbon Co-op thermal imaging cameras, try other cameras and give you the confidence to assess your own home.

Getting it done

Led by construction industry professionals, these sessions offer essential information on everything you need to turn your retrofit project in to reality. Getting to grips with contracts, planning and procurement and understanding what to look for to find your ideal contractor.

Workshop 1: Getting started: your aims and priorities

Trainers: Marianne Heaslip, URBED & Bill Taylor

Details to follow

Workshop 2: Before you build: your project plan and advisors

Trainers: Marianne Heaslip, URBED & Bill Taylor

Details to follow

Workshop 3: On site: what you need to know

Trainers: Marianne Heaslip, URBED & Bill Taylor

Details to follow

Workshop 4: Finance for retrofit

Trainer: Matt Fawcett, Carbon Co-op

Details to follow

Energy Systems

More and more people are excited about decarbonising the electricity grid, in this zone we’re discussing everything from batteries to heat pumps, solar panels and local energy communities. In the afternoon we get practical with a hands-on session with solar PV panels and batteries.

Workshops 1 & 2: Introduction to Energy Systems (Choose both)

Trainer: Ben Aylott, Carbon Co-op

Details to follow

Workshops 3 & 4: DIY Solar (Choose one)

Trainer: Ben Aylott, Carbon Co-op

Details to follow

Evening Activities

Home Energy Party!

Evening, Sat 16th November 2019

Come to a house party with a difference. Led by expert Energy Surveyor Diane Hubbard, we will be hunting for draughts and cold areas, identifying energy improvements and outlining how to go about making them.


Event Details

Location Levenshulme Inspire Cafe
Manchester, M19 3AR
Start Saturday 7 Mar 2020 9:30am
Finish Saturday 7 Mar 2020 5:30pm

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