Developing the Refurbishment Supply Chain to make Homes Futureproof

Submitted by Dan on Fri, 01/04/2019 - 15:22

The Green Register, working with the Centre for Sustainable Energy, is driving Futureproof, a long-term market acceleration initiative that is stimulating local demand and supply-chains for low carbon retrofit in the West of England.

Improving energy efficiency in older homes to combat climate change, save on bills and increase domestic comfort is a notion that’s gaining momentum. There’s a ripe opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of millions of UK homes through retrofit and key to this is the development of building standards and knowledge, in tandem with homeowner awareness. Contractors and homeowners across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will benefit from the support on offer from the Futureproof scheme.

Futureproof is an initiative helping local firms to build capability and knowledge in low carbon retrofit, connecting them with homeowners who are ready to do the work, whilst offering homeowners and builders tailored support and guidance throughout the process to successful completion.

Training by builders for builders

Working closely with a selection of our trusted Green Register members, we have developed practical, straightforward, sustainable building training to be delivered “By Builders for Builders”. Our Builder Heroes will visit your job site, bringing you a one-hour, hands-on training session to give you skills that you can put into practice instantly.

Futureproof Toolbox Talk Training will:

  • Demonstrate key retrofit installation approaches
  • Offer practical training in skills that can be taken straight to site
  • Develop understanding of how buildings breathe
  • Raise standards in refurbishment
  • Foster consumer confidence and form client relationships founded on respect
  • Support firms in building competence and successful delivery of newly learnt methods

Are you working in construction and interested in expanding your skills for the future of residential refurbishment?

If you’re a builder seeking to learn new energy-saving refurbishment skills, contact us today. We'll put you in touch with our Builder Trainers to receive focused, practical and concise training in the retrofit skills that you need to know.

If you’re a builder already practising sustainable refurbishment who could go on to train others, please contact us 

You’ll receive all the training you need and earn every time you deliver training to other builders

Futureproof events and training

With a handful of Futureproof networking, on-site and training events already under our belts, there’s much more to come. Contact us for more information on our events and training.


Next Futureproof events

9am-1pm, Thursday 16th May – Refurbishing Roofs, Wall and Floors: Best practice refurbishment solutions for residential projects, Bristol 

1.30-5pm, Thursday 16th May – Achieving Airtightness, Bristol 


What else is the Futureproof initiative able to achieve?

In addition to developing building skills and knowledge through training, Futureproof is working to engage homeowners who are ready to do low carbon retrofit work on their homes, through awareness-raising campaigns and green open homes events, such as Bristol Green Doors.

Builders and contractors involved in Futureproof will be connected with these customers, with tailored support for both parties throughout the process to successful completion of the work.

Futureproof is led by the Bristol-based Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), in partnership with expert organisations such as The Green Register. The initiative is backed by central government in recognition that improving the energy efficiency of UK housing stock will need a long term, locally-led change in the market.


For more information see our Futureproof webpage see here 


or Click here for two page summary pdf