What is Retrofit?
Retrofit is the process of improving the energy efficiency of an existing building. This can be achieved by installing fabric measures (such as insulation) and low carbon heating systems (for example heat pumps). It is recommended retrofit follows a fabric first approach, with insulation installed before replacement heating systems. Additionally, it is vital the correct ventilation is installed during retrofit to minimise the chance of condensation forming internally. Both domestic and commercial buildings can be retrofitted, as well as, heritage buildings and those in conservation areas; however, the latter two require retrofitting sensitively. Planning permission should always be sought, regardless of property type or location.
Occupants in retrofitted buildings benefit from a building that is easier to heat, retains the heat for longer and has a reduced likelihood of the formation of damp and mould. Retrofit also benefits the environment because well-insulated homes require less energy to heat and low carbon heating systems reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. These aid in reducing carbon emissions and help towards achieving the UK and Bassetlaw District Council’s net zero goals.
Find out more about retrofit on the Centre for Sustainable Energy website (external link).
Retrofit Success in Bassetlaw
Bassetlaw District Council received over £1m of central government funding for the Sustainable Warmth Competition (SWC), which ran from early 2022 to the end of March 2023. This scheme has provided over 60 properties in Bassetlaw, both on and off mains gas with a range of energy efficiency measures including external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and solar panels. In line with building standards/regulations for new insulation installs, ventilation has been installed in tandem with the appropriate measures where necessary.
Residents are already noticing the benefits of retrofit, including a reduction in damp and an updated appearance to properties, which have had external wall insulation. Below is a picture of a property in Rhodesia that had external wall insulation fitted by our delivery partners, Westville Insulation, a local company specialising in high quality insulation. To find out more about the impact this work on the residents, see our recent press release.
Due to the success of the scheme, Bassetlaw District Council were awarded an additional allocation of over £500k to continue the scheme for properties on mains gas until the end of September 2023. This budget has now been fully allocated and works will continue in the District until the end of September 2023.
If you live in a property that is NOT connected to mains gas (e.g. you use LPG, oil, coal etc. to heat your home), you could be eligible for FREE energy efficiency measures and/or renewable technologies. To find out more about the scheme and if you are eligible visit our HUG2 page.
News on Retrofit in Bassetlaw
- Home Improvements lowering energy bills(5th June 2023)
Last Updated on Monday, August 21, 2023