Practical reports show way to successful domestic retrofit

The Institute for Sustainability reveals today a comprehensive set of reports and guides to help businesses and public sector organisations unlock the huge potential of the UK’s domestic retrofit market and increase the capacity of the supply chain in the construction sector.

The Institute has partnered with UCL Energy Institute (UCL-Energy) to produce a range of publications addressing the challenges of retrofitting domestic properties. Together they offer the first independent analysis of the UK’s leading domestic retrofit demonstrators; the Technology Strategy Board’s £17 million ‘Retrofit for the Future’ (R4tF) programme.  Eight projects consisting of ten houses were selected from 25 R4tF projects in London based on their social and economic diversity.

 Retrofit Insights reportBased on in-depth interviews with retrofit project teams and residents who have taken part in the R4tF programme, the publications highlight best practice for successful domestic retrofit projects. Produced primarily for built environment businesses, the publications provide valuable insights for other stakeholders, including social housing providers, local authorities, academics and even householders.

The lead report 'Retrofit insights: perspectives from an emerging industry' (8MB) summarises the complete analysis addressing a number of key issues including how retrofit can realistically help with the UK's low carbon targets, capturing the occupant's experience of retrofit delivery and installed measures, how these can add value to improve comfort in the home and how the supply chain needs to be developed in order to deliver retrofit at scale.

Based on a series of interviews and feedback sessions with project teams, the ‘Retrofit project team perspectives summary guides’ identify lessons learned during projects covering:

The 'Occupant centred retrofit: engagement and communication guide' (1.5MB) summarises the findings from the post occupancy evaluation interviews with retrofit occupants. Detailed analyses will also be made available on the Institute’s website.

A separate guide, also released today by the Institute for Sustainability and Action Sustainability, in association with Lend Lease, provides best practice guidance for large organisations looking to diversify their supply chain by engaging with SMEs. The report, ‘Best Practice Guidance for Successful SME Engagement (6MB), has been written with the construction sector in mind, but is relevant to all sectors.

Finally, the Institute's updated Buildings Opportunities for Business: Low Carbon Domestic Retrofit Guides (reflecting the latest developments on Government incentive schemes including the Green Deal) are also available. The guides, written by leading academic and industry experts,  provide practical and commercially focused advice and best practice to both trades and professions. 

The series of reports are the culmination of the Institute for Sustainability’s £10 million FLASH programme, a three year project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. FLASH aims to provide businesses with the information and support they need to seize the commercial opportunities arising from the low carbon economy.

To access all the reports and guides click here 


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