Exploring the time dimension of low carbon retrofit

In Exploring the time dimension of low carbon retrofit: owner-occupied housing Tina Fawcett puts the case for a staged approach to home refurbishment over time as opposed to a major one-off house retrofit.

The report quotes a number of SuperHome owners for whom exceeding the 60% carbon reduction has come about as a result of a process of step by step home improvement over many years rather than a one-off project.

Tina argues that the model of low carbon retrofit over time takes account of the importance of timing, and “uses trigger points and fortuitous opportunities to improve energy efficiency”. However, it also includes the idea that the passage of time itself can be important in the process of low carbon retrofit.

Time passing allows people to recover from the impact of disruption of earlier works, to accrue savings for future retrofit works, and to enjoy the benefits of efficiency/renewable measures already installed.

Tina Fawcett works for the Environmental Change Institute. This paper was published in July 2013.