Specs Key to Water System Retrofits

A manufacturer of polymer pipework is highlighting materials specification in the retrofit process as research indicates 20 per cent of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from the quarter of the country’s homes and third of its commercial properties built before 1919. Commissioned by the National Trust, Historic England and a number of other leading property…


UK Has Half the Workers Needed to Retrofit Historic Buildings

Improving the energy efficiency of historic properties could reduce carbon emissions from the UK’s buildings by an estimated five per cent annually and generate £35 billion of output in the economy whilst making homes warmer and cheaper to run, according to a new report commissioned by the National Trust, Peabody, Historic England, The Crown Estate…


Consortium to Support Hamburg’s Carbon Neutral Ambition

The City of Hamburg has selected a consortium led by smart building data company MeteoViva and automation solutions provider Sauter-Cumulus to retrofit its real estate portfolio with complementary solutions to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. A 98 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from publicly-owned properties is an essential requirement of Hamburg’s ambition to become…

Case Studies

Case study: 140-Year-Old Department Store Retrofitted with Rooflights

Established in 1882, the family-owned Barkers Department Store in the market town of Northallerton in Hambleton, North Yorkshire, England, offers a fascinating history having expanded by buying out neighbouring properties. In 2022, Barkers embarked on a project to replace the rooflights in all four atriums positioned in the centre of the store above the ladies’…

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Cheaper Bills, Warmer Homes

Tony Beer, managing director of community and supply change co-operative RetrofitWorks, comments on a recent proposal for ‘future-fitting’ homes to tackle climate change and the UK’s cost of living crisis by a cross-selection of industry experts. Dear Editor, RetrofitWorks is proud to have been contributors to the insightful Cheaper Bills, Warmer Homes Strategy which was…


Wireless Fire Protection Installed at Historic Country Home in Scotland

Wireless fire technology from Hyfire is protecting The House of the Binns, a historic house in West Lothian that is under care of the National Trust for Scotland.  The House of the Binns, or simply The Binns, has been the seat of the Dalyell family since it was first built. Despite being donated to the…

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