Content programme revealed for elemental theatres at InstallerSHOW

InstallerSHOW is back at the NEC in Birmingham this year, running from 25 to 27 June, featuring several content theatres designed for the elemental audience of councils, housing associations, specifiers, developers and more.

It is the UK’s biggest event focusing on the sustainable delivery of heat, water, air and energy for all those responsible for decarbonising our built environment. The 10 content streams will cover both domestic and non-domestic buildings, as well as kitchens and bathrooms, solar energy, smart buildings and the electrification of heat.

The full programme is available here, and we have rounded up some of the highlights for you too.

Main stage

A new addition to the content programme in 2024 is the elemental Arena – a space where our audience will hear from industry leaders in a range of panel discussions, keynote talks, Q&As and interactive seminars. This theatre will be expertly facilitated by Philippa Forrester and Samira Ahmed.

Kicking off the content on 25th June, we’ll have Chris Skidmore OBE – the author of the Mission Zero report – discussing what the UK needs to deliver net zero. Other highlights on day one of the show include a Q&A with business leader and TV star Deborah Meaden, who will be talking about sustainable business and green finance, and a session on leveraging smart tariffs for energy saving with OVO and Heat Geek. 

On 26th June, our attention will turn to the local authorities leading the way on net zero, with speakers including Oxford City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. There will also be a session on how to make sure heat pump installations are efficient are cost effective to run and a Q&A with myenergi’s Jordan Brompton. 

On the final day of the show, Octopus Energy’s Greg Jackson will be talking about energy innovation, alongside Energy Systems Catapult’s Guy Newey, and we’ll also have a panel on the role of influencers in driving the adoption of net zero tech, featuring EV journalist Jess Shanahan and TikTok creator Ben Askins.

Decarbonising homes

After a successful launch at last year’s InstallerSHOW, the Housing Hub will be returning for 2024, with a programme of content designed for housebuilders and housing associations, as well as those working in the supply chain delivering energy efficiency to homes. Our facilitators for the Housing Hub will be journalists Rachel England and Jim McClelland.

Our content partners for the Housing Hub include the National Retrofit Hub, the National Home Improvement Council and Herz Valves UK. We’ll be addressing topics relevant for both newbuild and refurbishment projects, all designed to help our audience make homes healthier, more energy efficient and affordable. Sessions will include the Future Homes Standard, taking a fabric first approach to retrofit, designing low carbon homes and the Building Safety Act. Speakers will include Cala Homes, Longhurst Group and Siemens. We’ll also have a session from the Welsh Government, talking about its Optimised RetroFit Programme and how it might be adopted by other housing organisations looking for a whole house, pragmatic, approach to decarbonising existing homes, that takes into account the fabric or materials homes are made from and the way we heat and store energy. 

Heating and cooling

Another new feature for 2024 is the Climate Solutions theatre, where the focus will be on decarbonising bigger buildings – such as hospitals and leisure centres – and will address both heating and cooling. On 25th June this theatre will host heat pump expert Graham Hendra as well as David Hancock, construction director, Cabinet Office, talking about delivering complex projects. There will also be panels on indoor air quality and heat networks. On 26th June, the focus will be on World Refrigeration Day, and on 27th June we’ll be welcoming television’s Rachel Riley to a panel about careers in STEM, alongside women working in the HVAC space. Other highlights on 27th include a networking lunch for women in heating and cooling.

Smart buildings

Elsewhere in our Get Connected theatre, we’ll be looking at smart building controls, battery storage, flexible heat pumps and heat loss calculations, with CPD-accredited seminars and masterclasses on a huge range of topics. Speakers will include NAPIT, the Heat Pump Association, Heat Pump Ready, Vital Energi and the Ground Source Heat Pump Association.

Outside of our extensive content programme, visitors to the show will also have plenty of opportunities for networking, with multiple informal events planned across the three days, including the National Retrofit Hub’s drinks reception on Wednesday 26th. Once you’ve registered for your free entrance to the show, we’ll make sure you’re kept up-to-date with the calendar of activities, so you don’t miss out on the chance to meet others working on decarbonisation, share ideas and get advice on meeting your organisation’s net zero goals. 

InstallerSHOW opens at 10am on Tuesday 25th June, running 10am-5pm on 25th and 26th and 10am-4pm on 27th. It is free to attend, including parking. Register for FREE tickets here: