The Building Research Establishment’s (BRE) RetrofitLab App, developed in partnership with the Cruden Group, was launched in October 2015 by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP. This innovative, free-of-charge app aims to improve the energy efficiency retrofit process in the UK. BRE hope that through aiding the retrofit process the app will lead to an increase in retrofits; reducing both fuel poverty and carbon emissions.
The app provides housing associations, social landlords and housebuilders with up-to-date information to help them easily explore and compare energy efficiency possibilities in their properties. In addition, the user-friendly app provides information on the costs and savings of particular upgrades. The data utilised by this app was formulated through months of monitoring and testing at the BRE’s ‘Refurbished House’; a model ‘four in a block’ home located in the BRE Innovation Park.
It is believed that this app will have positive social, environmental and economic impacts. According to Deputy First Minister John Swinney, the BRE RetrofitLab App should “encourage the creation of more energy efficient homes and benefit tenants living in the properties, for example by reducing their fuel and energy costs, improving the quality of their home and having a positive impact on their health and wellbeing”.
More details about the BRE RetrofitLab App are available on the BRE website.
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