What happens during a Property Retrofit Assessment?
A Property Retrofit Assessment evaluates the existing conditions and energy performance of a building to identify opportunities for improvement and recommend appropriate retrofit measures. At APSL Group we have recently delivered over 500 Retrofit Assessments for social housing and charitable organisations. Delivered by our team of qualified assessors, our retrofit solutions are delivered in accordance with PAS 2035 and PAS 2038 guidance.
Each Property Retrofit Assessment follows a structured approach with the key steps including:
- Data Collection: Our assessor gathers information about the building, including its construction, insulation, heating systems, ventilation, and energy consumption data. This may involve reviewing existing documentation, conducting interviews with occupants, and performing on-site inspections.
- Building Inspection: Our assessor conducts a visual inspection of the property, examining various components such as walls, roof, windows, doors, and heating systems. They assess the condition, insulation, and potential areas of heat loss or energy inefficiency.
- Energy Performance Assessment: Using our analysis tool we calculate the building’s energy performance. This typically includes assessing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and calculating energy efficiency ratings such as Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) or other relevant metrics.
- Occupant Behaviour and Comfort: Our assessor may gather information about the occupants’ behaviour and comfort levels to understand how they use the building and their requirements for a comfortable living or working environment. This helps in identifying potential areas for improvement and addressing occupant needs. This will always be discussed with our client to ensure they are happy with the approach and engagement with residents or building users.
- Recommendations: Based on the data collected and analysis performed, we will provides recommendations for retrofit measures that can improve the building’s energy efficiency. This may include suggestions for insulation upgrades, heating system improvements, ventilation enhancements, renewable energy integration, or other energy-saving measures. The recommendations are tailored to the specific building and the occupants’ needs.
- Cost and Benefit Analysis: We will provide estimates of the costs involved in implementing the recommended retrofit measures and the potential energy and cost savings that can be achieved. This analysis helps building owners or occupants make informed decisions regarding the feasibility and financial viability of the proposed retrofits.
- Reporting: Compiling all the findings, recommendations, and analysis into a comprehensive report, the current energy performance, areas for improvement, and a roadmap for the retrofit project will be detailed. The report may include a prioritized list of retrofit measures, estimated costs, potential energy savings, and any other relevant information.
Once completed APSL Group continues to support our customers continue with their Retrofit activities, developing detailed solutions and accessing funding required to implement the recommendations.
Contact APSL to discuss your properties and how we can support you manage your retrofit activities.