Energy Saving Trust/Technology Strategy Board - Retrofit for the Future programme

The Retrofit for the Future programme catalysed the retrofit of over 100 homes across the UK with an ambition of achieving an 80% reduction in the in-use CO2 emissions of each property.

Coordinated by the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK), the programme was highly collaborative and helped to stimulate innovation and generate new business opportunities in the retrofit market. Recognising that these innovative projects can teach the industry a great deal about planning, designing and delivering energy improvements, carbon reductions and occupant comfort, the Technology Strategy Board (in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust) sought to undertake a detailed analysis of what approaches and innovations were deployed and what lessons the retrofit industry could learn from them.

We were commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust to undertake an independent, in-depth 360-analysis of 11 of the Retrofit for the Future properties.

Our work comprised:

  • Analysis of as-designed, as-built and as-operated data and information.
  • Qualitative review of project logs, post construction reviews and occupancy evaluation.
  • Review of opportunities for better integration and quality improvement.
  • ​Identification of best practice and learning points.

The in-depth 360-analysis studies undertaken by us allowed the client to:

  • Clearly identify key project learning points relating to strategy, fabric and services integrity, air tightness and ventilation, on-site delivery and occupant engagement.
  • Compile an industry welcomed report, highlighting the best practice and key lessons to be learnt from the Retrofit for the Future programme.
  • Understand the performance gap between as-built and as-operated in retrofit properties.
  • Identify where further detailed investigation and research and development is required.
  • ​Reconcile the critical interactions between the different aspects of retrofit and the impact this has on both the building and the occupants.

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There is significant and growing evidence that buildings do not perform as anticipated at their project design stage. Variables that affect building energy performance arise from design, construction, handover and operation. The result is that actual energy performance is often significantly different from its predictions. This is often referred to as the ‘performance gap’ and we provide a service that helps tackle this gap.

Energy Surveys & Audits

Our comprehensive energy surveys and audits provide advice on where the main energy management opportunities lie, and identify the need for more detailed investigations, if required. We also assess the feasibility of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies, in order to reduce a building's energy consumption and carbon footprint.

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We have extensive experience in project management and development. We have a diverse skill set including: technical, communication, public engagement and facilitation expertise. In addition to our ability to write successful funding bids, our skills enable us to provide comprehensive project support.