• Posted by Laura Southwell Thursday Jul 02, 2020

What is Whole House Retrofit?

In an attempt to decrease the impact that the UK has on climate change, the government set targets back in 2019 to reduce emissions by pledging to be a zero-carbon country by 2050. It is evident that significant improvements need to be made, including improving the energy efficiency of homes that already exist as well as planning for future properties. 

It is estimated that as of July 2019 only 30% of homes meet the target of an EPC rating of C leaving two-thirds of UK properties failing on energy efficiency targets. Approximately 24 million homes across the UK need retrofitting, made low carbon, low-energy and help address climate change.

What is Whole House Retrofit? 

Whole House Retrofit is a complete approach to making properties more energy-efficient, focusing on the fabric of the house first including, but not limited to: 

  • Walls 
  • Roofs
  • Floors
  • Windows
  • Doors

By considering the whole house, these improvements will encourage healthier and more comfortable homes. It is because of this that it is important that homeowners understand the condition of their property as well as the environment and construction.  

How energy efficient is your home? 

Energy efficiency measures the amount of energy required to provide products and services within your home. For example, if a property is insulated, it will use less energy to keep the home warm.

If a homeowner is looking to sell or rent their property, it will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to measure the efficiency of the home by looking at how well it is insulated, glazed, or uses alternative measures to reduce the energy use. 

The property will be given a grade from A-G. “A” being the most energy -efficient. This shows the typical energy consumption, cost and a marker of the potential a property has, alongside recommendations of how to reach it. 

How do we achieve energy-efficient homes fit for the future?

Whole House Retrofit is the answer! If we radically improve existing properties across the UK, they will be more liveable and comfortable for residents. We are working with the government and industry through new legislation and standards to secure quality improvements across the country. 

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) is the government's programme to make all UK properties more energy efficient. In particular, it focuses on low-income homes or those living in fuel poverty - an estimated 6.5 million homes. The most common energy efficiency measures available through ECO include insulation, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation and boiler replacement or repair.

ECO3 is designed to improve quality standards across the energy sector and give consumers a higher level of confidence and protection when having work carried out in and around their home. The obligation requires that tradespeople completing the energy efficiency improvements are registered with TrustMark. 

As of January 2020, TrustMark Registered Businesses are required to lodge ECO3 work into the TrustMark Data Warehouse in order to help develop a repository of data of energy efficiency measures carried out in UK properties. 

The benefits to your family 

Just like the families that live in them, each home is unique. A healthy home can improve the health and well-being of the individuals living in the property, reduce maintenance and energy bills, whilst potentially increasing the property’s value. 

Through Whole House Retrofit, the household will not only unlock unexpected health and financial benefits but will also help address the climate emergency the world is facing. 

To find out more about retrofit as a homeowner, click here and if you are a tradesperson, click here.