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Five things to look for in retrofit specialists

solar panels being installed by retrofit specialist

The long-term energy efficiency benefits of a whole house retrofit service are only as good as the retrofit specialists themselves. The word ‘efficiency’ in ‘energy efficiency’ starts with the installer.

Surefire MS procure and deliver fabric first retrofit services to help improve energy efficiency measures in housing across the UK. We work closely with registered providers of social housing, local authorities, manufacturers of best in class insulation systems and PAS 2035 qualified retrofit installers in order to ensure best value and quality throughout the duration of each project.

A true understanding of your needs

Any project a retrofit professional works on should start and conclude with a full grasp of how occupants live, the problems they face and what they need to live comfortably. This is why retrofit assessments are so important.

It’s crucial to find out what each home’s energy needs are, because they can be different. This will help you figure out what energy-saving steps you need to take and how far you need to take them. When it comes to making homes more energy efficient, you should never take a “one size fits all” approach.

A qualified retrofit assessor (of good quality) should be able to detect the energy demands and drivers of your home as well as ways to mitigate those demands, to lessen the negative effects felt by your finances and the environment.

A thorough understanding of the building

When conducting a retrofit assessment, it is important to take into account all of the factors that have the potential to affect the efficiency of any structure.

What kind of surroundings do the homeowners have—rural or urban? Where does the property stand in relation to major thoroughfares as well as other residential areas? These topics might not sound as important as energy usage and heat loss, but it all counts towards the way the building’s materials are affected.

The secret to maximising a home’s energy efficiency and providing its future occupants and customers with a pleasant and comfortable living environment is to examine each dwelling from every imaginable viewpoint.

Effective specification of materials

Once a full and comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the building has been completed and established, the same level of commitment must be applied to the specification and procurement of materials.

From external wall insulation to solar panelling to heat pumps, all materials and technologies earmarked for installation must be validated as fit for the job before a single tool is picked up.

A competent professional retrofit installer should have a thorough knowledge of how to make the most of these tools and materials, but also identify opportunities for further improvement through alterations on the fly, if necessary.

Practised knowledge of PAS 2035:2019 principles

PAS 2035 is the new specification for whole house retrofit and is the definitive standard to which all retrofit professionals must conduct their business.

As a result, any retrofit professional you employ must have a thorough understanding of these principles and must apply them in practice throughout the project.

In accordance with PAS 2035, all installers’ competencies and qualifications are documented. All required Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) are individually catalogued. Risk pathways are clearly defined in accordance with key factors that affect the difficulty of each project. In summary, PAS 2035 provides clarity, accountability, and transparency across all government funded retrofit projects going forward.

Commitment to ‘whole house’ for the whole project

Whether you are a housing company, property owner or a tenant, it can be nerve-racking to observe the fundamental components of your household undergoing significant physical and technical alteration. In the early stages of the installation it often takes time for a resident to really see the full extent of Surefire’s vision.

It is impossible to overstate how crucial it is to have a reliable point of contact throughout the entirety of the project. A specialist who can assist with questions and participate in conversations regarding the various ways in which energy efficiency may continue to be enhanced

To ensure the highest possible level of service and quality in their work, we expect our retrofit professionals to aim for certain standards of professionalism, civility, and transparency.

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