£9 million competition prize to improve homes

The government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have announced a competition to stimulate ideas and pilot whole house retrofit.

The long term aim is to;

  • halve the cost of retrofitting existing buildings to the same standard as new builds by 2030
  • bring as many fuel poor homes as reasonably practicable to EPC band C by 2030
  • bring as many other homes "as cost effective, practical and affordable" to reach EPC Band C by 2035.

The competition will make available £9.4 million to a number of projects which demonstrate a cost reduction trajectory for whole house retrofit. The project must consider both process related innovations and material aspects of retrofit, focusing on mass production and large-scale delivery.

Key outputs from a winning project will include:

  • demonstration of cost reduction through process innovation
  • evidence of sources of cost reduction
  • a minimum of 200 homes overall improved by at least 25 SAP points reaching at least Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band B, and with minimum fabric efficiency levels
  • development of retrofit plans, installation of whole house retrofits, commissioning with residents, and post installation monitoring.

Elmhurst, who have been heavily involved in the PAS 2035, the specification for whole house retrofit, and are excited by this competition believing that it will unleash innovative thinking and demonstrate the benefits of whole house retrofit. Elmhurst’s Managing Director, Martyn Reed, is of the opinion that "whole house retrofit is the way forward. A process that puts the needs of the home and the occupant ahead of everything else".

Anyone wishing to know more about the competition can do so here.

Article Published: 6th June 2019

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