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Matt Handley, Category Innovation Manager, Jewson: “The opportunity presented by retrofit is simply enormous. Around 60% of all homes in the UK need to be upgraded to meet energy efficiency targets, and tradespeople who embrace this drive towards a more sustainable built environment will be in high demand for years to come.”
NatWest is announcing a new partnership with Airbnb and the Energy Saving Trust to help UK hosts improve the energy efficiency of their homes. NatWest and Airbnb are introducing an end-to-end journey that will support hosts to retrofit their homes. The existing journey provides a personalised home energy efficiency assessment and action plan for hosts, offering information about potential steps they could take to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The brand-new partnership offers the surfacing of financing options from NatWest and Airbnb grants as part of a 500k extension to the £1m fund launched last year.
EDF has acquired air source heat pump installer group CB Heating. The acquisition follows on from the strategic investment made by EDF into CB Heating in 2022, a statement said. The deal would see EDF putting a dedicated team in place to deliver heat pump solutions for a wide range of homes across the country, it said. Philippe Commaret, managing director of customers at EDF, added: “The investment we’re making in the heat pump market is representative of all the work we’re doing to help Britain achieve Net Zero."
Environmental charity Changeworks is launching a new innovative service that will support homeowners to make their home more energy efficient. EcoCosi from Changeworks is a comprehensive service that provides tailored solutions, advice, and end-to-end support to households through the process of retrofitting their home.
Two consecutive months of construction output decline ended in September as the industry edged back to slow growth. The 0.4% recovery was driven by a 2% rise in repair and maintenance, which offset another fall in new work during the month of 0.8%.
Utilita has joined forces with the smart technology innovator Hildebrand, the University of Salford and the Data Communications Company (DCC), to demonstrate how a new smart energy Internet of Things (IoT) device can automate a home’s energy use in response to periods of cheaper and cleaner energy availability.
Poor housing does not just reduce life expectancy, it kills people suddenly – as the Covid pandemic grimly demonstrated. The solution involves a whole-house retrofit approach to existing homes, says Tania Jennings
Not retrofit, but very noteworthy... Octopus Energy and Bellway Homes have announced a long-term partnership to deliver Zero Bills homes at scale. Zero Bills allows customers to move into homes which have no energy bills for at least five years, guaranteed, thanks to a mix of green energy technology – including an air-source heat pump, a home battery, and roof-mounted solar panels – which are then optimised by Kraken, Octopus Energy’s tech platform.
High street bank NatWest has launched the Home Energy Hub which will allow borrowers to understand the energy efficiency of their property and make changes.
Historic England, the government body tasked with protecting the country’s heritage, says that modern solar panels and heat pumps can be fitted to listed buildings so long is it is done discreetly. Listed building consent will always be required for the installation of photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, Historic England says, but they will generally be acceptable on non-principal roofs. Similarly, the installation of heat pumps will generally be acceptable, provided that they are sympathetically sited.
Air quality experts have come together to call for the creation of a new industry to tackle the problems caused by poor ventilation in buildings.