Meeting Notice

November 2021 Meeting — Air Source Heat Pumps

Living with an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)

Update: We had a second speaker Jesse Scharf as well as Jonathan Waxman as originally advertised. Here are their slides:

Our November meeting is on Wednesday 24th November 2021 from 7pm to 8pm online.

Please book on Eventbrite at A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.

Air Source Heat Pumps (AHSP) are a low carbon technology to heat homes – what is it like living with one?

There has been much in the press of late around the end of gas heating and a shift to new home heating solutions from heat networks to heat pumps. The Prime Minster has stated that there will be ban on all new gas boilers in new build properties from 2025 and a ban on gas boilers being fitted into all homes from 2035.

The Government has set a target for annual installations of heat pumps in 600,000 homes by 2028 – a 20 fold increase over the current rate of installs. Many of these are planned to be added in new build homes – but at least a third are hoped to be retrofitted into existing homes. A new Boiler Upgrade Scheme is to be introduced in April 2022 to support the deployment of low-carbon heat in existing buildings. This will provide households with £5,000 grants when they switch to an air source heat pump (ASHP) or £6,000 when they switch to a ground source one.

Jesse Scharf and Barnet resident Jonathan Waxman have both recently had ASHPs installed in their homes and will be providing some insights on the process leading up to the choice of a heat pump, the installation process and kit, costs, and the differences in heat your home with a heat pump as compared to a conventional gas boiler.

Background Reading

Which guide to ASHPs

Heating and Building Strategy (October 2021)

Event Meeting

March 2021 Meeting — Net Zero Finchley: A Thought Experiment

Thursday, March 18, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM online

Please register on Eventbrite at

It is estimated 80% of buildings in our cities today will still be here in 2050. How could one part of LB Barnet – Finchley – go Net Zero?

The Government has set a Net Zero CO2 emissions target for 2050. Retrofitting UK’s 27 million homes and millions of non-domestic buildings remains one of the biggest challenges to achieve Net Zero. It is estimated that 80% of the buildings in our cities today that still be here in 2050, therefore efforts to reduce emissions must primarily focus on existing stock. But how can this such wide scale retrofit be undertaken? How much of an inconvenience will it prove to be to households? What technologies do we need to deploy to decarbonise? What buildings should be tackled first? What are the cost implications?

Taking one part of Barnet as a ‘thought experiment’ – around the main high streets of Finchley – what would be required to retrofit buildings in this area such that they would be fit for a Net Zero future? Please come along and contribute your thoughts!

This event will be held online: please register on Eventbrite using the link above.

Event Meeting Notice

March 2020 Meeting — Clara Bagenal George CANCELLED

Due to Covid-19, this meeting has been cancelled

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 18 March 2020 7-8.30pm at a NEW VENUE – the Older Women’s Cohousing project in High Barnet. [PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ON A DIFFERENT DAY TO THAT PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED]

We are delighted to have Clara Bagenal George of the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) present to us on the ‘Climate Impact of New Buildings in London’.

Clara was instrumental in establishing LETI which is a network of over 1000 built environment professionals that are working together to put London on the path to a zero carbon future. The voluntary group is made up of developers, engineers, housing associations, architects, planners, academics, sustainability professionals, contractors and facilities managers. More on Clara and LETI’s work can be found here –

Following Clara’s presentation there will be a Q&A session as well as an update on BCAG’s forward work programme.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Directions to Older Women’s Co-Housing

It’s a 10 minute walk from High Barnet tube station. Stay on the right hand pavement & walk up the hill to Barnet High St.

Turn left into Union St, just past Boots on the corner. 5b is on the left about 30 metres up.

You can register on Eventbrite to let us know that you are coming, or just turn up on the night.

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