Net-zero by 2050 presents a huge challenge to the construction sector, which accounts for up to 50% of carbon emissions. An absence of skills, knowledge and expertise threaten to derail plans to retrofit the current building stock. This Centre will build on and enhance the existing activity with the School. Sustainability in the built environment has been a research strength of ADBE and we have a strong reputation in housing retrofit.
Our ‘Scale-up Retrofit 2050’ whitepaper report called for a nationwide programme to boost the energy efficiency of existing homes through deep retrofit. The REMOURBAN project demonstrated the benefits of deep retrofits and was showcased as part of the UK Built Environment Virtual Pavilion during COP26. It was followed by a ‘scaling-up deep retrofit for social landlords’ pilot project, funded by the Energy Saving Trust and ongoing collaboration with ARC Partnership and Nottingham County Council.