Experienced practitioners and products are hard to find, reveals research from the Institute for Sustainability and UCL Energy Institute
More capacity is needed in the supply chain if it is to deliver retrofit at scale, in line with the government’s green deal initiative. This is one of the findings of an analysis of eight London projects in the Technology Strategy Board’s Retrofit for the Future housing programme.
The study, which was undertaken by the Institute for Sustainability and UCL Energy Institute, found that the supply chains needed to support large-scale retrofit are underdeveloped. It identified both a lack of experienced retrofit practitioners and difficulty in sourcing the products and technologies required. The researchers say there are significant opportunities for the industry in both these areas, which would be aided by further trials at whole street and neighbourhood scale that build on the experience of the Retrofit for the Future programme.
Eight projects consisting of 10 homes were selected for the research, taken from the 25 retrofit projects funded by the Retrofit for the Future programme in the London area. House types in the sample included semi-detached, detached and terraced properties built between the late 19th and late 20th centuries.
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