Retrofit: Towards A Sector-Wide Roadmap 2020 – Report Supporting Net-zero Housing by 2050 Launched

Connected Places Catapult (CPC) has launched a report outlining the industry challenges and opportunities it faces if we are to cost-effectively rollout retrofit in volume and at speed.

At a launch event on Thursday 30 January, our housing team convened key housing industry stakeholders to share and discuss the report’s findings for the first time. The event represented the first milestone of our 2020 Housing Innovation Programme.

The report – Retrofit: Towards A Sector-Wide Roadmap 2020 – is the second in a series of evidence-based reports on how to scale deep retrofit for UK’s homes to be net-zero in time for 2050. It identifies key changes required by both buyers and sellers to open up the market and identified a number of projects that could begin to bridge the gap between them.

As well as highlighting the unmet needs of the market from the perspective of both buyers and sellers, the report suggests four ideas that could enable the market and form the foundations of a retrofit roadmap. These ideas are a direct result of the work we undertook with industry experts during our Housing Innovation Week event in September 2019 where workshops and roundtables uncovered the areas we can influence to help stimulate the upscale of retrofitting.

The report proposes the need for a national housing stock database, a retrofit kit, the need for mass customisation and a retrofit finance platform.

Talking about the event, Annalise Johns, CPC’s Housing Lead, said:

“This event was an opportunity to highlight the unique direction we have brought to the retrofit domain and gave the audience a taste of the economic market analysis provided in the report used to evidence the for areas of opportunity that report portrays.

“The work building up to the report has seen us convene and collaborate with a many, but not exclusive to BEIS, E3g, Climate-KIC, Big Society Capital, C40, UKGBC, The Guinness Partnership, RICS, Imperial College London, GLA, Green Alliance and Energispong UK.”

Of the report itself, Director of Market Intelligence at CPC, Erin Walsh, said: “We are very excited to launch ‘Retrofit – Towards A Sector-Wide Roadmap 2020’. It identifies market challenges from the perspective of buyers and suppliers. The four key ideas that emerged from this process will help us overcome some of the barriers and will support the delivery of deep retrofit in volume, at speed and cost-effectively. Our goal is to expand this work by collaborating with interested parties.”

To read the report and find out more about our research findings and recommendations towards achieving a sector-wide retrofit roadmap, visit the project page on our website here. The report can be downloaded directly here.

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