EPCs

Home Energy Audit / Assessment, Retrofit Design Services, Energy Performance Certificate; which one do you really need and how do you see through the jargon?

With the amount of organisations out there offering ‘energy audits’ or ‘energy assessments’ these days, particularly since the demise of the Government’s Green Deal scheme, it can be difficult to know where to start looking if you’re a homeowner. While we are yet to come across a service that offers the value of our own […]

Some thoughts on low energy retrofit this autumn

Now that we’re officially into autumn, it’s fast approaching that time of year again when many of us (myself included) start thinking about how soon is ‘too soon’ to stick the heating on. Having spent most of last week working in the Lake District I can tell you that for some that time is already […]

Retrofit decisions: the role of EPCs & Green Deal Assessments

When looking to choose the right option from many available, whatever the setting, it’s a good approach to look at the extremities of choice and work in towards your favoured position. Some choices are easier to make than others of course; a new toaster – 2 or 4 slots, colour, energy rating, price. I personally […]

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 […]

Minimum standards, maximum benefits

Today the UK Green Building Council and WWF have published a report they jointly commissioned from us here at Parity Projects, investigating the costs and benefits of the forthcoming minimum standards for privately rented homes. Amidst concerns from some that the regulations would place an undue burden on landlords, the analysis shows that in fact […]

Victorian terrace retrofit

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 […]

Ecobuild Panorama

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 […]