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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accuracy of the information presented and that over time, with the industry changing so fast, some details may become out-of-date.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​

Snugg

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. 

www.snugg.com

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.

www.britishgas.co.uk/smart-home/greener-homes/home-health-check.html

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.

www.yourhomebetter.co.uk/retrofit-services

further training​

Green Skills Academy (Greater Manchester)

www.gceducationandskills.ac.uk/green-skills-academy/

useful links

key retrofit resources & organisations

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

knowledge.bsigroup.com

free 2023 update: www.trustmark.org.uk/business/data-warehouse

BS 7913:2013 Guide to the conservation of historic buildings

knowledge.bsigroup.com

LETI

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

www.leti.uk

Passivhaus Retrofit

https://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/competitions_and_campaigns/passivhaus-retrofit/

TrustMark

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

www.trustmark.org.uk

Great Homes Upgrade

greathomesupgrade.org

retrofitGM

Accelerating the Renovation of Greater Manchester’s Buildings

www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/media/6018/retrofitgm.pdf

Green Economy

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

https://www.greeneconomy.co.uk

key resources

our changing world​

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

2041foundation.org/climate-change-what-happened-and-why

How do buildings contribute to climate change?

archive.curbed.com/2019/9/19/20874234/buildings-carbon-emissions-climate-change

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

sustainablebrands.com/read/product-service-design-innovation/operating-vs-embodied-carbon-in-the-built-environment-the-difference-and-why-it-matters

The Story of Stuff

www.storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff/

End Fuel Poverty

www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk

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

www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/interactive/2022/uk-housing-extreme-temperatures-architecture/

materials & components​

Carbon Counts

carboncounts.fcbstudios.com

Carbon Smart - Materials Palette

materialspalette.org/palette/

 

The Natural Materials Thematic Group - Architects! Climate Action Network

www.architectscan.org/naturalmaterials

UKCMB - Moisture guidance for existing homeowners

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBWlXLMnqBk&t=22s

Impact of insulation type and depth on condensation risk

thermafleece-com.stackstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Rethinking-IWI-2023.pdf

Natural Fibre Insulation Group

asbp.org.uk/group/natural-fibre-insulation

How to insulate your loft with natural insulations

www.ecologicalbuildingsystems.com/post/how-to-insulate-your-loft-with-natural-insulations

GreenSpec - Housing Retrofit: Ventilated pitched roof insulation

www.greenspec.co.uk/building-design/ventilated-roof-insulation/

GreenSpec - Housing Retrofit: Unventilated pitched roof insulation

www.greenspec.co.uk/building-design/unventilated-roof-insulation/

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

https://www.edwardbulmerpaint.co.uk/liftingthelid/

GreenSpec - The 'Red List' of Building Materials

www.greenspec.co.uk/building-design/red-list-of-banned-toxic-construction-materials/

Understanding Sprayed Foam Insulation in Domestic Roofs

www.property-care.org/webinars/webinar-details?id=173135

Shade The UK - Info Hub

www.shadetheuk.com/infohub

active systems​

Guide for Solar Water Heating

https://www.screwfix.com/guides/heating-plumbing/solar-water-heating-guide

BBC iPlayer: "Heat Pumps"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0fzltvd

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

https://es.catapult.org.uk/news/mass-rollout-of-heat-pumps-feasible-but-innovation-needed/

What is MVHR heat recovery ventilation?

https://www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk/information-hub/heat-recovery-ventilation-mvhr/

suppliers​

Ecological Building Systems

www.ecologicalbuildingsystems.com/

Ecomerchant

www.ecomerchant.co.uk/

PYC

www.pycsystems.co.uk

Green Building Store

www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk
 

Back to Earth

www.backtoearth.co.uk

Lime Green

www.lime-green.co.uk

Ty-Mawr

www.lime.org.uk

other resources & training​

The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products

https://asbp.org.uk/

The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB)

https://aecb.net/

Find an energy certificate

www.gov.uk/find-energy-certificate

YouTube channels​

Back to Earth (Chris Brookman)

www.youtube.com/@BacktoEarthLTD

Ecological Building Systems

www.youtube.com/@EcologicalBuildingSystems

Green Building Store

www.youtube.com/@GreenBuildingStore

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire

www.youtube.com/@cosyhomesoxfordshire2015

Homebuilding & Renovating

www.youtube.com/@HomebuildingMagazine

behaviour change & leadership​

TED.com - Alex Laskey - How behavioral science can lower your energy bill

https://www.ted.com/talks/alex_laskey_how_behavioral_science_can_lower_your_energy_bill?language=en

 

 

Camden Passivhaus User Guide

https://bere.co.uk/research/camden-passivhaus-user-guide

POWER

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

https://www.power.film/

 

finance & grants​

Energy Saving Trust - Financial Support

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/energy-at-home/financial-support/

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

https://businessclimatehub.uk/get-grants-loans-financing/

Green Finance Institute - Green Mortgage Hub

https://www.greenfinanceinstitute.com/programmes/ceeb/green-mortgages/

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 

introducing retrofit - slides.jpg

workshop 01 (EEM)

workshop 02 (EEM)

workshop 03 (EEM)

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