Why the DECC’s new RHI ‘calculator’ doesn’t quite tell you all you need to know……

This week the DECC launched their RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) ‘calculator’, with an aim of giving homeowners “a clear idea of the payments they could receive if they install a renewable heating system”.  So…. does it do this? Well, yes it does, albeit with some assumptions about your property and how you’re using it, but […]

Does Retrofit Really Work?

In asking the question “does retrofit really work?”, you first need to decide what you mean. Some argue, for example, that the rebound effect – people turning up their heating when their home has been insulated – means that it doesn’t. The counter-argument is that if people want to use their savings to make their […]

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The Need for Assessment

Unfortunately, ‘retrofitting’ buildings to make them more energy efficient is often a complex business – particularly when applied to older homes – so it can be hard to work out where to start. Most of the information out there is either supplied by manufacturers with a vested interested in making their products sound like a […]

The Role of Stock Assessment in Procurement

Before any Landlord embarks on a retrofit programme, the very first step should always be for them to make sure that they fully understand the current state of their stock, and how installing energy saving and generating measures can improve it. Without doing so, they risk delivering over-expensive and under-performing programmes, and can be left […]

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Ecobuild 2014 – Signs of Life After the Bubble?

The Friday after Ecobuild is always something of a time for rest and reflection. Thinking back over the last few days, I have to say it was one of the more interesting Ecobuild exhibitions I have been to for a number of unexpected reasons. There were some great sessions of course, some interesting stands, and […]

Energy bills keep going up – who’s to blame?

We need honesty, not short-term headline grabbing, from politicians about the real reason energy bills are going ever upwards, argues Richard Griffiths of Parity Projects. For a long time, people like me have yearned for the day that energy bills would become a talking point in people’s homes and in the national press. The idea […]

Blog for Building.co.uk: Real retrofit requires real professionals

Our Managing Director, Russell Smith’s most recent blog for Building, posted 12th December 2013 Real retrofit requires real professionals; Retrofit is being dumbed down, and the results of ignorance can be disastrous There has been a lot of rumpus recently over what makes up our energy bills. It’s surely obvious that the energy tariff actually becomes […]