We have always been keen to take on ‘deep green retrofit’ projects. Provided they are deep enough, green enough, and have scope for some architectural fun and games we are keen. But over recent years, mostly down to the dreaded VAT (the situation re VAT on green refurb projects is a subject for its own discussion….) our clients lucky enough to face the choice between knocking down and re-building, vs saving what they have and improving its performance to somewhere near EnerPhit energy consumption, have opted for the former. It's easy to see why. Cost certainty is so very valuable in its own right and so elusive when dealing with existing buildings.
But we all know the dire need for improving existing stock and, like electric buses, three Clients who have been prepared to face the VAT bill in the interest of the environment, have all come at once!
We are well on the way to completing the re-model and energy upgrade of Dewdown Lodge in the Chew Valley, and have submitted planning for a bungalow re-shape in Easton-in-Gordano and a former cowshed in Bradford-on-Avon.
We are looking forward to presenting at this event organised by The Green Register:
The Green Register's HOT TOPIC 2019: Meet the Future - what will retrofit look like in 2020?
28 November 2019
The Foundation, Lower Ground Floor, St George’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5BE
See programme and book online
The Green Register's annual Hot Topic conference returns for 2019 featuring a day of talks and case studies celebrating retrofit and asking what the future holds when looking at upgrading our existing building stock.
The speakers are experts within the construction industry from a wide variety of disciplines including architects, contractors, sustainable construction charities, member organisations; all key players within the industry.
Join us for some healthy debate on the topic, great networking and festive food and drink!
More about the Conference
Thanks to activists such as Greta Thunberg, the Climate Emergency - the need to protect our one and only planet from an unsustainable temperature rise - has moved up the agenda for most of us and has generated many pledges to become carbon neutral sometime this side of 2050.
The construction industry is in a key position to provide solutions to meet the Climate Emergency targets, as we already know the measures we need to take to reduce the environmental impact of our buildings; we just need to act swiftly and effectively now.
This is even more important for existing buildings, most of which would not meet even the modest building standards the UK has in place today.
This conference brings together all the key players of the construction industry to give their perspective on both the challenges and solutions to making rapid progress when upgrading our existing building stock.
Attendance is a must for those who are interested in what the future holds for retrofit.
Great to see our Pitchcombe Gardens deep retrofit project featured in Bristol 24/7 magazine recently, with kind words from client Ian Mawditt of Four Walls: “We had a good experience with Greenheart – they took on board exactly what we needed and put our requirements ahead of their own timetable. Quality was important to them all the way through.”
Also fabulous to learn that the clients have slashed their gas bills by 90%!
Read the full artice here
Sustainable Design & Build in Bristol and Bath, specialising in Passive House construction