Retrofit is the introduction of new materials, products and technologies into an existing building to reduce the energy needed to live in your home. Put simply, after the original construction you upgrade the house to improve thermal performance and comfort.
Retrofitting your home improves temperatures and ventilation reducing stale, damp air and the related issues of mold, air-borne toxins and excessive moisture levels, which can all negatively affect people and property. It gives residents a healthier, more comfortable living environment which is beneficial for a variety of health issues from skin and respiratory problems, to arthritis, circulation problems and many other conditions exacerbated by cold and damp, including mental well-being. Your home becomes cheaper to heat and reduces its carbon footprint.
When carried out without the necessary understanding of the way buildings perform and how changes we make can affect that, retrofitting or renovation can cause unintended consequences. For this reason, we want to increase knowledge in this area, arm people with the right guidance and awareness and provide the support to help you get it right first time. Cumbria has some of the most challenging buildings and weather conditions in the UK which dictates the need for the right approach.
This project will help you with your retrofit journey, with a programme of free in-person events in your area, and online webinars. Our team of volunteers can conduct a free thermal imaging survey to help show cold spots in your home – information you can use to inform your plans. CAfS’ home energy experts can then work with you to establish your options, advise with design and contracting. We can also assist with on-site support, evaluation and follow up. You won’t be alone in your retrofit journey – get to know each other at our events and stay in touch to swap tips and experiences. We’ll also arrange for your group to visit local homes to see real-life retrofits.