Retrofit of homes with renewables and energy efficiency measures is a crucial component in the UK achieving its Net Zero targets. And crucial to achieving that retrofit goal are building both householder enthusiasm for it, and a supply chain that can deliver it at scale. The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commissioned six geographically distinct demonstration projects to test different approaches to increasing the uptake of retrofit work in target areas through: (a) providing funded support for local supply chain integration and project coordination; (b) targeting ‘able-to-pay’ owner-occupiers and the private rented sector with attractive and more affordable opportunities for retrofit work.
Winning Moves led a two-year, multi-phase evaluation of the programme, generating valuable learnings for BEIS on effective methods for increasing retrofit activity, outstanding barriers to overcome, and potential policy to further support and encourage domestic retrofit.
While ‘early-adopter’ contractors and consumers have shown enthusiasm, the reluctance of some contractors and customers shows the need to encourage engagement with retrofit as a tool in increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbo emissions. Through the experience of project design and delivery, the demonstration project teams, and wider stakeholders have provided a number of ideas and recommendations for BEIS as to how the wider policy environment could be, and needs to be, adapted to better overcome public and supply chain indifference and realise the UK’s domestic retrofit, and wider net zero, ambitions.
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