Wates is part of a team carrying out a £3m project to speed up ways to retrofit homes to meet carbon cutting targets.
Wates will team up with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and several other organisations including housing associations and architects, to help create technologies to improve the energy efficiency of up to 26 million homes in the UK.
The two-year project, part of the wider initiative to help the UK meet its 2050 carbon reduction targets, will identify ways to industrialise the processes of design, supply and implementation of retrofitting homes.
The team will be led by the Building Research Establishment, in collaboration with EDF Energy, Peabody, PRP, Total Flow, UCL and Wates.
The project will identify the most cost-effective measures suitable for a property, installation techniques, the worker skills required and the best supply chain.
The project also aims to ensure predictable results from the retrofitting in terms of increased comfort, reduced energy bills, increased value of the house, and delivering value to the companies in the supply chain.
It will also deliver a model for identifying CO2 impact and the cost of mass retrofit plans.
The UK Government sees retrofitting existing homes as a key tool to achieving its 80% CO2 emissions reduction goal for 2050.
ETI chief executive Dr David Clarke said: “Twenty-four per cent of today’s CO2 emissions in the UK are linked to domestic properties. Refurbishing these houses with energy efficiency measures is key to ensuring the delivery of affordable and sustainable energy.
“Persuading consumers to take up refurbishment and technology retrofit opportunities requires us to create supply-chains and delivery routes that consumers trust and consider affordable.”
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