Low Carbon Retrofit Toolkit
Despite the urgent need, very little work is currently being undertaken for the primary purpose of improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in the UK’s existing commercial building stock. Most often improvements are driven by commercial or operational necessity: through redevelopment projects, major refurbishment, occupier fit-outs, or the replacement of equipment at the end of its service life.
Where low carbon retrofit is considered, it is usually on the basis of either a simple economic payback or a CSR driven agenda to reduce carbon emissions in owner occupied buildings or single tenanted premises on a long lease term. This works best in these situations as the benefit of any investment in retrofit is directly attributable to the party making the investment and the long term association with the building helps to underpin the business case.