National Retrofit Hub sets ambitious agenda

The National Retrofit Hub this week hosted an open meeting, uniting nearly 400 industry professionals in a collaborative effort to transform the retrofit landscape.

The meeting’s audience included designers, local authorities, contractors, installers, academics, NGOs, trade associations, finance experts, manufacturers, merchants, community groups, and more.

Lynne Sullivan OBE, Chair of the National Retrofit Hub’s board, articulated it purpose and its critical role, while emphasising the urgency of addressing challenges within the retrofit sector and called for collective efforts to drive sustainable change.

The event set out a platform for discussing the key objectives and outputs of the Hub’s working groups, each dedicated to addressing critical challenges in the retrofit sector – and identifying synergies between them.

Working group leads presented examples of ongoing initiatives, including the development of a blueprint for retrofit information within building logbooks including  whole-house retrofit solutions, EPC reform, overcoming barriers to scaling retrofit finance solutions, sharing best practice case studies, exploring pathways for community-driven initiatives, and supporting residents in decarbonising their homes.

Co-Directors Rachael Owens and Sara Edmonds, who hosted the event, said:

The level of participation and engagement blew us away. At the National Retrofit Hub, we believe the solution to enabling retrofit at scale lies in the collective brilliance of the retrofit sector. Through working together and our collaborative effort we aim to provide a set of tools, insights, and solutions that can be universally employed to facilitate large-scale retrofitting initiatives.

By bringing together the wealth of expertise in the field, we envision not just incremental progress but a transformative leap toward achieving widespread and sustainable retrofitting across the board.

The National Retrofit Hub’s first open meeting of 2024 set an ambitious agenda, positioning itself as a catalyst for transformative change within the retrofit sector.

The National Retrofit Hub will be at InstallerSHOW 2024, which is running 25-27 June at the NEC. Free tickets available: