Architects unveil ‘game-changing’ housing retrofit handbook

Victorian semis in Zetland Road, Manchester, retrofitted to Passivhaus Enerphit Plus standard

LETI sets clear energy use targets but warns of skills gap ahead of 30m-home retrofit marathon

A network of more than 100 leading architects, engineers and building professionals has published a much-anticipated handbook for retrofitting housing that is expected to become a key tool in upgrading the UK’s housing stock to meet the government’s net-zero ambitions.

London Energy Transformation Initiative – LETI for short – last week picked up the leadership award at Building Design’s Architect of the Year Awards 2021, in recognition of its pioneering work on sustainability.

Its Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide, unveiled today, sets out a blueprint for how the nation can retrofit its housing stock to support the government’s target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The 200-page guide follows the publication of the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy earlier this week.

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