This unit provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the context, policy, principles and practice of domestic retrofit in the UK.
The session starts with a brief explanation of the mechanisms of climate change and the twin challenges that it presents: mitigation and adaptation. The UK’s statutory commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is explained in terms of its implications for the national housing stock and the retrofit challenge that it presents, alongside the need to reduce fuel poverty in an era of rising fuel costs.
Domestic energy use is explained by reference to a typical dwelling. Retrofit standards are considered – both from a national point of view and from that of an individual homeowner or landlord, and the concept of ‘carbon cost effectiveness’ is introduced.
The principles of building fabric retrofit and building services retrofit are explained, with reference to solid wall insulation and to ventilation. The risks associated with retrofit are considered, and an approach to retrofit risk management is introduced.
Finally, the role of the Retrofit Coordinator is briefly explained.
Date(s) - 26/09/2017
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Federation of Master Builders (London) , London