According to the Oxford dictionary online: “add (a component or accessory) to something that did not have it when manufactured”.

Or in the words of retrofit expert Professor John Edwards:

“In the context of carbon reduction, ‘retrofit and refurbishment’ is about making buildings more thermally efficient and sustainable. It principally concerns improving thermal insulation, limiting losses due to unplanned ventilation of the building envelope and use of low carbon or renewable energy sources”.

Around 85% of the buildings that exist today will still be around in 2050 and they need to use less energy and reduce their carbon reduction. In the UK there is legislation in place to ensure that both public and privately rented buildings must improve their performance. There are several ways in which to improve energy performance, which includes retrofitting. From a carbon perspective it makes sense to retain existing buildings instead of demolition and constructing new, but existing must be made more energy efficient. Retrofit is also required to mitigate its effects on buildings and that includes things like overheating and flooding.

There cannot be any doubt that the effects of climate change are with us now and its going to get worse. This relates to carbon and all means of reducing carbon production must be put in place and that includes making buildings more energy efficient.

Retrofit for Climate Change is about the sustainability of all types of buildings of all ages. This includes refurbishment, maintenance and repair, retrofit for energy efficiency and carbon reduction and to combat other effects of climate change such as flooding. It is also includes related information.

This online information and news service has been created by the Environment Study Centre to promote a balanced, unbiased and measured approach that is truly sustainable.

Knowledge and news is taken from all parts of industry, Government and academia and tailored for practical use. We will take you from understanding buildings and their performance to the final execution of work and post work monitoring.

Retrofit: The Essentials

Retrofit News and Features

Opportunities for Retrofit Designers – PAS 2035

If you are a member of CIAT, RICS, CIOB, CIBSE or are a Registered Architect and have the requisite knowledge and skills you can be a retrofit designer under PAS 2035, the new UK standard specification for retrofitting homes. A one-day course on PAS 2035 is available from the Environment Study Centre which provides an overview and will help retrofit designers see how they fit into the PAS 2035 process and what is expected of them. Many that are new to retrofit design have also attended the Level 3 Award 2-day course for retrofitting traditional buildings. For those designers working on a traditional building (a building built before 1919) which make up a quarter of UK building stock, they will have to join a building conservation certification scheme, which need only be at the lowest level for buildings which are not listed. We would recommend the CIOB certification scheme as it includes energy efficiency as part of its assessment criteria.

Launch of RetrofitBuildings.Com

The start of 2020 sees the launch of a website that aims to provide the best information on making buildings more energy efficient principally through retrofit. This is a free service provided by the Environment Study Centre.

Retrofit Webinar

A free to access live webinar is being offered by the CIOB this Wednesday the 22nd January. It is presented by retrofit expert Professor John Edwards and it will focus on the new BSI standard specification for retrofitting dwellings of all kinds and ages. Professor Edwards was a member of both PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 steering groups and BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group and will also provide his own personal perspective. For more information.

Retrofit Knowledge Centre

Coming soon.

Training Courses

Level 3 Award Qualification in Energy Efficiency & Retrofit of Traditional Buildings – 2 day course

This is no ordinary CPD, it delivers a qualification and is the most authoritative course in the energy efficiency of traditional buildings. It is also a requirement under PAS 2035, the BSI standard specification on retrofitting UK homes. It is delivered by the Environment Study Centre in conjunction with CITB’s National Construction College. Individuals require some experience of traditional buildings to sign up for the course. Not only is this course essential for those involved with traditional buildings, but is an ideal way to start learning about energy efficiency and retrofit. Click here for more information.

PAS 2035: 2019: Retrofitting dwellings for improved energy efficiency – 1 day workshop

This workshop provides an overview of PAS 2035 and provides attendees with an insight into its development. It also provides an overview of the retrofit process as told through PAS 2035 with a focus on particularly important areas. This course is ideal for those that would like an introduction to energy efficiency retrofit and who require an overall understanding of PAS 2035. It is highly interactive with attendees working on practical elements of PAS 2035. It is delivered by Professor John Edwards, a member of the BSI PAS 2035 Steering Group. This workshop has been delivered in house for social housing landlords during 2019 and is available as a bookable course with the Environment Study Centre. Click here for more information.

Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management

The Retrofit Academy is the only organisation offering a course that achieves this qualification, which is a requirement to qualify as a Retrofit Coordinator, the key role in PAS 2035. For more information click here.

Conferences and Events

Live Webinar 22nd January: Retrofitting Homes for Energy Efficiency

This CIOB webinar provides an overview of how to apply PAS 2035 specification with several work examples. This one-hour webinar is free and is presented by Professor John Edwards who will use his own work examples to illustrate the practicalities in using PAS 2035. For more information click here.

Expert Session: Retrofitting Traditional and Historic Buildings – Belfast 30th January

Organised by the Royal Society Ulster Architects and supported by the Northern Ireland Government Department of Communities, it will be presented by Professor John Edwards. This event provides an overview of good practice and references appropriate standards and guidance. For more information click here.

ASBP Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo 2020: London 27th February

The theme for the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products 2020 conference is ‘Healthy Buildings in a Climate Emergency’. Click here for more information.


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