2013 Shortlist

The Retro Expo Awards will recognise excellence in retrofit products, projects and people across the domestic, commercial and public sector markets. They will also celebrate excellence in all stages of the retrofit process. From large scale retrofit procurement to enabling technologies, real-world projects and R&D trials.

Businesses and projects from across the UK have been shortlisted for the Retro Expo Awards. The winners will be announced on the evening of 05 December at the Business Design Centre, London - following Retro Expo and the Retrofit Summit.

Shortlisted entries include*:
*Please note, some entries are confidential and will not be announced until the event.

AD Construction


Since being established in 1944, AD Construction Group has built up an impressive reputation, within a wide scale client base; covering all aspects of general post-construction building works for Local Authority, Local Government and Public Sector Clients.

AD is well versed with working within occupied property and undertakes approximately 89% of works to properties in occupation. AD’s customers are not only housing associations, local authorities and government, but also most importantly the residents and communities they serve. AD are experienced in customer engagement seeking funding for environmental improvements on existing schemes and scopes of work, which add financial value and benefit, as well as environmental benefit and carbon saving; the retrofit installations also save residents money on fuel bills, while also improving the quality and appearance of their homes.

BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Assessor Training


The BREEAM domestic refurbishment assessor training course is a competent persons scheme providing individuals a qualification that enables them to carry out BREEAM assessments on domestic refurbishment projects. Delegates are provided with e-learning prior to the training course for them to gain an initial understanding the sustainable refurbishment principles and requirements that underpin the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Scheme. The training scheme aims to equip professionals to provide a driver and stimulus for driving the uptake of more sustainable refurbishment through standards.

Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE)


The Centre of Refurbishment Excellence is the result of a collaboration between the Building Research Establishment, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Stoke-on-Trent College and industry.

Based in Stoke-on-Trent, CoRE centres on the refurbishment of the Grade II Listed Encon Works, a pottery factory which was disused from 1963. The site comprised a plethora of building fabric additions over its life, from Victorian lime built brickwork to mid-20th century concrete and steel.

Dorset Energy Advice Centre (DEAC)


DEAC is a not for profit organisation, dedicated to the eradication of fuel poverty, the creation of affordable warmth and proactively addressing the effects of climate change. DEAC has a proven track record of providing free and impartial energy efficiency advice for over 17 years with a team of qualified energy advisors.

DEAC, through DEAC Money, is a branch of DotComUnity Centres which provide a range of services including credit union services. Through these credit union services, an ethical low interest loan is available for energy efficiency improvements. DotComUnity is an ethical community interest company which has a key focus on support for people with learning difficulties and other disabilities. A key way this support is delivered is via the DotComUnity national directory of disability services and events, which has 65,000 services and events listed at any one time and receives 400 hits a month.

Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP)


Since its inception in April 2003 Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership has prioritised energy efficiency measures and heating improvements to 60% of its homes, this includes 3,500 Condensing Glow-worm Flexicom boilers and tackling the “Expensive to treat” off gas grid homes (DGHP has some 1,687) via the provision of renewable technology (1,100 ASHP, 18 GSHP plus Solar & PV and Wet systems). Add to this its entire replacement of external doors, renewal of 9,000 bathrooms 9,500 Kitchens and its award winning Municipal Terrace Project that seen these 1913 1bed tenement flats (believed to be the first social homes in Scotland) achieved 2050 Carbon saving targets gives a scale of DGHP commitment both to the retrofit sector and renewable industry.

Fortrose House Refurbishment


The Fortrose House Refurbishment involved substantial renovation and improvement works to a 1960’s housing block in Glasgow. The building consists of 48 two bedroom maisonette flats and five single bedroom flats. The flats had very little insulation fitted to the walls, roof or floors, were fitted with inefficient and expensive storage heaters and were in a poor state of disrepair. As a result the building suffered from major dampness, water ingress and thermal performance issues of which the works sought to address in a holistic, cost effective approach.

The works involved extensive internal and external renovations to the building. Externally the building was fully overclad in insulated zinc and render panels, new high performance windows were fitted throughout and existing balconies were converted into sunspaces. Internally the flats and maisonettes benefitted from replacement kitchens, replacement bathrooms, new front entrance doors, full replacement heating system and full rewiring. The common corridors were also fully decorated and a new replacement lift was installed.

Four Acre


The Four Acre estate in St Helens once ranked among the top 5% most deprived areas in England, with poor health, unemployment and high levels of anti-social behaviour.  Helena Partnerships owns 650 properties on Four Acre and has successfully achieved vast reductions in anti-social behaviour and other issues, due to an effective neighbourhood management scheme that has been in place since 2008.  However, poor aesthetics and severe fuel poverty caused by principally none traditional homes have made it difficult to raise aspirations.

Helena felt the next step to improving quality of life was to tackle these two key issues head on by making every home look smarter and while also being more energy efficient. In 2011, the £5 million funding was secured via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project called REECH (Renewables & Energy Efficiency in Community Housing) and British Gas through CESP (Community Energy Saving Programme).

Green Deal Advisor Association


The GDAA Consortium is an independent Green Deal Assessor Organisation formed to provide a route to market for independent Green Deal Advisors. Our working model is that Advisors may use the Quality Management System developed by GDAA to enable them to provide independent Green Deal Assessments for a variety of clients, using their local connections and providing a responsive local service.

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