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National retrofit strategy

With our existing homes using 35% of all the energy in the UK, and responsible for 20% of carbon dioxide emissions, the National Retrofit Strategy puts forward a plan for upgrades that are vital if we are to meet the country’s net zero targets.‚Äč

Closing date: 1 March 2021

Objectives of the consultation

This paper sets out the case for the UK Government, working in partnership with industry, finance, and other community based bodies to introduce a national retrofit strategy to make our existing homes greener and more energy and water efficient. This is in line with the UK Government’s target to upgrade as many homes as possible to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C by 2035.

A national retrofit programme will aid recovery in the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector, and provide opportunity for a joined-up approach to tackling climate change by all parts of the construction industry.

Without a plan, the existing workforce cannot deliver the ambitious programme which could transform both our building stock and the construction industry. A systematic scaling up approach is needed to meet the volume of work needed.

Supporting papers

Download the consultation document below.

What you can do

CIBSE will submit a response to the consultation and we would like to hear from you to best represent your views.

Please send your contribution to Julie Godefroy, Technical Manager at by Monday 15 February if you would like to inform the CIBSE response.