Social Housing Retrofit Project

Retrofit House Concept

Retrofit House Concept

Work has begun on a new project led by The UK Centre for Economic & Environmental Development (UK CEED). The aim is to adapt a house in Peterborough with innovative solutions to make it more sustainable and energy efficient.

The home involved in the Peterborough EnviroCluster Retrofit Challenge is a three bedroom end-terrace house built around 1973. Much of the work is planned to take place without the residents having to vacate the property.

The 'retrofit' will include insulation of the entire house, triple glazing, solar thermal heating, a heat recovery unit and a 'solar porch'.

The retrofit project is one of 87 social housing projects across the UK benefiting from a share of £17 million of government funding from the Technology Strategy Board's 'Retrofit for the Future' competition to test low carbon building technologies in social housing.

In Peterborough, a project group was put together by UK CEED and Peterborough City Council comprising experts from the city's EnviroCluster network of environmental companies.

Work started in May 2010 and is due to be completed by November.

House prior to start of retrofit project

House prior to start of retrofit project

The aim of the project is to understand and implement best practice retrofitting which is key to meeting the government's targets on carbon dioxide emissions. The results of the project will be shared on a national level to help show how the UK's current housing stock could be made more energy efficient.

Gareth Jones, project manager at UK CEED, said "This is a fantastic project for Peterborough as it creates an opportunity for businesses in the construction and environmental sectors to come together, collaborate, and generate an innovative solution to the problem of energy efficiency in existing housing stock."

Energy saving products and solutions for the retrofit project are being supplied by Eco Building Products.

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