Hello, how can national and local government help retrofit and how do they hinder it?
I have met some of the BGD Bristol Green Doors community at several events and, inspired by what I have seen and heard and with Green Doors’ support, I am arranging a small research workshop in June to support a dissertation I am writing on the topic above.
Why me? In 2014 I took an 'eco-refurb' course at The Centre for Alternative Technology CAT, (where both Green Doors founders Dan and Kate did post-graduate degrees) before starting to retrofit my old terraced house in Redland last year. Help from Warm-Up Bristol, Dan and the experiences of Bristol Green Doors were fantastically useful in deciding what was worth doing, for efficiency and comfort, of my home. The work turned out pretty well and I was pleased to open my house last September.
I am now taking a year out to study Environmental Technology full time at Imperial College London with a research project on 'Homes 2050', After a building project on the circular economy, I chose my summer dissertation project on 'Alternative transitions to 2050 for UK low-energy homes'. To support this, I am spending time with the UK's National Audit Office, https://www.nao.org.uk/about-us/ who are interested in ensuring house-building contributes to (and does not hinder) environmental and sustainability objectives. I am also collaborating with the EU Climate-KIC Building Technology Accelerator team http://bta.climate-kic.org/about-page/ which, like BGD is working to encourage retrofitting, across Europe, though in their case with an emphasis on “smart” technologies.
I am very keen to work use the experience of Bristol Green Doors householders to help me explore this issue for this dissertation. Dan and I would like to bring together a group of us to an evening workshop in central Bristol on Tuesday 5th July (venue TBC) to learn from people about the benefits and challenges of retrofitting their homes and who may have ideas on where government policy is helping (or hindering) .
Thanks for reading this and look forward to meeting some of you at the BGD event which Dan and I will be arranging.
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