Happy New Year! 2019 sees The Green Register actively starting work as a key partner of Futureproof, a long-term market acceleration initiative that is stimulating local demand and supply-chains for low carbon retrofit in the West of England.
There’s an opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of millions of UK homes through retrofit and to do this effectively, building standards and knowledge, as well as homeowner awareness, need to be developed. Contractors and homeowners across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will benefit from the support on offer.
Futureproof is an initiative helping local firms build capability and knowledge in low carbon retrofit, connecting them with homeowners who are ready to do the work, and offering homeowners and builders tailored support and guidance throughout the process to successful completion.
Working closely with some of our members we have developed practical, straightforward sustainable building training to be delivered “By Builders for Builders”. The training will:
- Support firms with adapting to new codes of conduct and practice
- Demonstrate key retrofit installation approaches
- Develop understanding of how building’s breathe
- Raise standards in the retrofit sector
- Build consumer confidence
A series of half day sessions will be supported by a range of other events including site visits and networking events.
The first events in 2019 will be:
- Jan 14th, two hours- Site Visit for Builders - Live Solid Wall Insulation installation -
- Feb 27th, half-day - Training for Builders 1 - Introduction to Sustainable Construction
- May 9th, evening – Professionals Networking Event – Retrofit, What does and doesn’t work; case studies
As well as building capacity 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, like 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.