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low-carbon retrofit resources

updated: 15th January 2024

Below you'll find useful links, some (text-heavy-information-based) slides from our workshops and a selection of PDF guides/booklets - please note that we take no liability for the accuracy of the information presented and that over time, with the industry changing so fast, some details may become out-of-date.

If you do find any errors, or know of any other useful resources we've not included, we'd really appreciate it if you could let us know using our contact details.

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home assessments​


A free personalised home energy efficiency plan that will identify the current performance of a home and then recommend various solution to reduce bills, reduce carbon and increase the value of the property.

British Gas Zero - Home Heath Check

Someone will visit the home and perform a detailed energy efficiency assessment - there is the opportunity to ask questions and then get a personalised report to help reduce the homes energy bills and carbon footprint.

Your Home Better (Greater Manchester)

Offering two distinct services to help start a home improvement journey; the Solar+ Survey or Whole House Plan depending on the home’s individual requirements.

further training​

Green Skills Academy (Greater Manchester)

useful links

key retrofit resources & organisations

PAS 2035/2030:2019+A1:2022
Retrofitting dwellings for improved energy efficiency. Specification and guidance

free 2023 update:

BS 7913:2013 Guide to the conservation of historic buildings


a voluntary network of over 1,000 built environment professionals, working together to put the UK and the planet on the path to a zero carbon future

Passivhaus Retrofit


the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme that covers work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home

Great Homes Upgrade


Accelerating the Renovation of Greater Manchester’s Buildings

Green Economy

provides end-to-end support to businesses as the UK transitions to net zero

key resources

our changing world​

"From the Industrial Revolution to Climate Change: What Happened and Why?"

How do buildings contribute to climate change?

Operating vs Embodied Carbon in the Built Environment: The Difference and Why It Matters

The Story of Stuff

End Fuel Poverty

"In a Land of Cold, The Architecture is Tested by Heat" (interactive Washington Post article)

materials & components​

Carbon Counts

Carbon Smart - Materials Palette


The Natural Materials Thematic Group - Architects! Climate Action Network

UKCMB - Moisture guidance for existing homeowners

Impact of insulation type and depth on condensation risk

Natural Fibre Insulation Group

How to insulate your loft with natural insulations

GreenSpec - Housing Retrofit: Ventilated pitched roof insulation

GreenSpec - Housing Retrofit: Unventilated pitched roof insulation

Edward Bulmer - "lifting the lid" (on paint)

GreenSpec - The 'Red List' of Building Materials

Understanding Sprayed Foam Insulation in Domestic Roofs

Shade The UK - Info Hub

active systems​

Guide for Solar Water Heating

BBC iPlayer: "Heat Pumps"

Catapult: Mass rollout of heat pumps feasible, but innovation needed to accelerate take up

What is MVHR heat recovery ventilation?


Ecological Building Systems



Green Building Store

Back to Earth

Lime Green


other resources & training​

The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products

The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB)

Find an energy certificate

YouTube channels​

Back to Earth (Chris Brookman)

Ecological Building Systems

Green Building Store

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire

Homebuilding & Renovating

behaviour change & leadership​ - Alex Laskey - How behavioral science can lower your energy bill



Camden Passivhaus User Guide


a ‘show and do’ project building a solar POWER STATION across the rooftops (streets, schools, community buildings) of North East London via enacting a grassroots Green New Deal


finance & grants​

Energy Saving Trust - Financial Support

UK Business Climate Hub - Get business grants, green loans and financing for a retrofit

Green Finance Institute - Green Mortgage Hub

workshop slides

Below are a selection of slides from our courses which are text or information "heavy" and therefore may be difficult to make notes on during the actual workshop.

introducing home retrofit 

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workshop 01 (EEM)

workshop 02 (EEM)

workshop 03 (EEM)

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