Meeting the needs of the elemental audience at InstallerSHOW 2023

Lucy Dixon
Head of Content

We have big plans for the elemental content theatres at InstallerSHOW this year, including inspiring keynote speakers and informative panel discussions designed to give our audience the knowledge required to achieve successful building decarbonisation projects.

There are two elemental theatres – the Decarbonising Buildings theatre and the Housing Hub – and both will offer a mix of debate and practical advice from experts, as well as the chance to network with others who are on the same decarbonisation journey.

The speakers in these theatres have been chosen to showcase the incredible work already being carried out by this industry and share real world experience of the challenges, pitfalls and lessons learned in designing, building and retrofitting energy-efficient buildings. This will include projects from local authorities and housing associations designed to cut carbon and tackle fuel poverty. There will also be keynote speakers from industry and government, who will give thought-provoking insight into where we are now on the route to net zero, and where we need to be in order to reach our goals.

Our confirmed keynotes so far include:

  • Ed Gillespie – Ed Gillespie is a director of Greenpeace UK, communications specialist, serial entrepreneur, and futurist. Gillespie believes that the future won’t simply be an extension of today. When considering what the future might be, he thinks we should stretch the idea of what we might consider impossible. He feels that future changes will see some jobs destroyed, but many new ones created. A trustee of Energy Revolution, Gillespie is also actively involved in several pioneering businesses as a director or investor, from Zero Carbon Food to Raw Bottles.
Ed Gillespie


  • Gary Neville – the former footballer and TV pundit is well known for his enthusiasm for energy-efficient buildings, plus his concerns about the number of people in fuel poverty and poor housing. In an interview with Steven Bartlett, Neville said he was “‘offended by the fact that we can’t raise the standards at the highest level and the fact that we can’t look after people and make sure that everyone’s got a house to be able to live in that’s of a comfortable size and in the area they want to live in”. In the same interview, he said he’d joined the Labour party because he doesn’t understand why he “can’t fight for people who can’t afford their energy bills this winter just because we have a bank account that’s more than people would like it to be”.
gary neville
Gary Neville


  • Lucy Siegle – Lucy Siegle is a journalist and broadcaster who specialises in living a green, ecofriendly existence. She is a reporter and presenter for The One Show where she explores the problem of single-use plastic and wider ecological issues.
lucy siegle
Image © Suki Dhanda, The Observer

The key themes of the content will include:

  • designing net zero buildings
  • the future of heating
  • funding options for non-domestic retrofit
  • heat network efficiency
  • maximising energy efficiency in building retrofit
  • retrofitting hard-to-treat homes
  • making data-led retrofit decisions
  • building a skilled supply chain
  • ECO4 and ECO+ funding
  • Approaches to Future Homes Standard

For information about the elemental content theatres, or to put forward a speaker, please contact Lucy Dixon on ldixon@lyricalcomms.com.


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