Regeneration and Retrofit Task Group report launch
Join us on the 18th July at Central Hall Westminster for the launch of the Regeneration and Retrofit Task Group report.
Regeneration is a hot topic in the construction industry. The Government has indicated the importance of transforming low income areas through the Estates Regeneration Strategy published last year, and this forms an important part of the agenda for improving life chances and ensuring “no one is left behind”. Regeneration often focuses on large scale redevelopment projects, demolishing old estates and rebuilding as high quality communities. But while reconstruction will often be the preferred solution for a particular estate, regenerating the UK’s cities will mean transforming areas where it is impractical or unviable to demolish and rebuild.
These area will need a different approach to ensure that residents can get high quality improvements to their home and neighbourhood. UK-GBC’s Regeneration and Retrofit Task Group has been investigating the regenerative impacts of whole home retrofit and how it can be integrated into wider improvements to regenerate the local area. The term retrofit is often used interchangeably with the installation of energy efficiency measures in a property, but to truly transform an estate, regeneration projects will need to take a whole home approach – at scale - which provides tangible outcomes for residents in terms of reduced running costs, improved health and wellbeing, and better safety and security.
The task group has also been developing innovations which can help to deliver high quality retrofit-led regeneration projects. These include proposals for social enterprises that would engage and represent residents throughout the project, and maximise employment opportunities for local people through the improvement works. Alongside this, or overcoming funding barriers through local authority revolving funds which can provide a compelling offer for all households in an area. The intention, later in 2017, is to find local authorities and industry partners who could trial such approaches on existing projects.
Join us on the 18th July at Central Hall Westminster for the launch of the Regeneration and Retrofit Task Group report. The task group members will present their findings and discuss opportunities for taking forward the report proposals.
The following organisations are represented of the task group: AkzoNobel, Arup, BRE, Clarion Housing Group, Countryside, E.ON, Haringey Council, Linkcity, Melius Homes, PRP, Rockwool, SmartKlub
This event is sponsored Dulux Trade.
UK-GBC will also be hosting the report launch for LENDERS project at the same venue immediately before this event. Please click here for further details.