Sunday 21st December 2014
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Retrofit for the Future

Plus Dane is delivering a pioneering eco-refurbishment at a Victorian end-terrace property in Liverpool, having secured over £107K government funding through the Retrofit for the Future competition. 

Retrofit for the Future is a £17M programme, managed by the Technology Strategy Board that will see over 80 social housing units retrofitted with new, innovative technologies.

Plus Dane's project is the only scheme in Merseyside to receive the funding, and one of only seven exemplar projects in the North West. The group has converted the property in Wavertree, Liverpool to meet the highest possible energy efficient standards – known as PassivHaus.  

Key features of this unique and innovative project are:  

  • Pioneering the use of super-insulation panels
  • Triple-glazing throughout to achieve the highest level of heat retention
  • Construction of a new conservatory to the rear of the property – where air will be pre-heated by the sun and transferred into the house through mechanical ventilation
  • Solar panels to generate energy for water heating
  • Low-energy LED lighting throughout
  • A-rated energy efficient cooker and appliances fitted
  • Smart Meter technology to monitor energy consumption – giving more control and choice to the customer

The property has been converted from two existing flats into one, three-bedroom family home.

Martin Gladwin, Head of Asset Management at Plus Dane Group, told us: "The homes we live in make a significant contribution to the UK’s carbon emissions, so we are delighted to be delivering an innovative solution that will demonstrate to our local and wider communities that we can make a positive contribution to climate change, reduce fuel bills and increase people’s comfort in their own home."

Each Retrofit for the Future exemplar project will be carefully evaluated for 2 years by the Energy Saving Trust. Results will be shared to show how the UK’s current housing stock could be made more energy efficient – and help to meet the government’s target to cut CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. 27% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from housing, with social housing comprising almost 20% of UK homes.

David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes, Technology Strategy Board, said: "At least 60% of the houses we’ll be living in by 2050 have already been built. So it is critical that we look at ways to dramatically improve the performance of our existing housing stock. Retrofit for the Future provides the test-beds we need to ensure the development of long-term, mass solutions."

Useful links: InnovateUK and Retrofit for the Future

For further information about this exciting project, please contact Martin Gladwin, Head of Asset Management at Plus Dane Group on 0151 330 3523.