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Retrofit Guides A and B

Building Opportunities for Business: Low Carbon Retrofit guides A and B updated

To reflect the latest developments on Government incentive schemes for low carbon retrofit, the Institute for Sustainability has updated the           web-based versions of its 'Building Opportunities for Business: Low Carbon Retrofit' guides.

Guide A: 'promotion programmes for low carbon retrofit' has been updated to provide the latest information on incentive schemes for low carbon retrofit, such as the Green Deal and Feed-in Tariffs. This also outlines the emerging opportunities for businesses affected by these schemes. To access the guide online click here

Guide B: 'skills, training and accreditation for low carbon retrofit' has been updated to reflect the skills, training and accreditation requirements for those involved in low carbon retrofit incentive schemes. This includes the evolving arrangements for training and accrediting professionals to assess home energy efficiency and provide and install insulation. To access the guide online click here

The Institute has published a wide range of publications around retrofit. Click on the relevant topic below to access these materials.

Delivering and funding housing retrofit

The Institute and Arup have published 'Delivering and funding housing retrofit: a review of community models'. The report analyses case studies from across the UK and internationally to provide best practice guidance to local authorities, social housing providers and other organisations planning and implementing retrofit programmes.

Guide to Building Performance Evaluation

To help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the built environment sector gain a competitive advantage, the Guide to Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) offers a practical introduction to BPE and how it can help to ensure domestic and non-domestic buildings perform as they were designed and intended to do. 

Retrofit guides

To explore the business opportunities emerging from the low carbon building and retrofit market, the Institute for Sustainability has produced a series of ‘Building Opportunities for Business’ Retrofit guides. The ´╗┐guides draw on leading academic and industry experts ´╗┐and provide practical and commercially focused advice and best practice to both trades and professions including architects, surveyors, builders, project managers, plumbers and electricians.

Retrofit analysis

UCL Energy Institute (UCL-Energy) has undertaken the first independent analysis of a selection of projects from the Technology Strategy Board's Retrofit for the Future (RftF) programme, which incorporates both the project team and occupant experience. It highlights the challenges and benefits of domestic retrofit to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as other organisations in the construction industry, to prepare for emerging business opportunities in retrofit.

SME engagement

Produced with Action Sustainability, in association with Lend Lease, the SME engagement guide 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', has been written with the construction sector in mind, but is relevant to all sectors.

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