Infographic: Deep Retrofit for Scotland

A few weeks ago, we talked about our alternative vision for the Scottish Government’s Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategy. This included shifting the focus from district heating to a fabric-first approach, using deep retrofit to address the challenges facing Scotland in terms of housing and energy.

While district heating has its place in a national energy policy, we believe that the benefits of retrofit are potentially transformative and should be the main focus of our approach to energy efficiency.

Deep Retrofit for Scotland Infographic

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Building for the Future: Deep Retrofit for Scotland

Deep retrofit is a  process that transforms existing houses into ultra-low energy buildings.

Measures such as renewable energy sources, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and air-tight insulating panels are applied to each house.

At the end of the process, occupants are left with a warm, comfortable, sustainable building with radically reduced energy consumption.

The Impacts of Deep Retrofit

Decarbonise Heat
Massively reduced heating demand combines with low carbon technologies to create a decarbonised system.

Eradicate Fuel Poverty
Buildings have a much lower energy demand so fuel bills are reduced, putting less strain on household incomes.

Stabilise the Energy Grid
Demand in buildings is low all year round, leading to reduced strain on the grid and more predictable energy use.

Healthier Buildings
Better indoor air quality, reduced risk of damp and lower fuel bills mean homes are better for physical and mental health.

Increased productivity
Better indoor air quality and thermal comfort, both in work and at home, increase cognitive function and productivity.

Job Creation
Retrofitting needs skilled builders, engineers and designers. Our skills and products could be exported around the world.

Futureproof the Housing Stock
The high standards required for retrofit mean that houses are well-constructed and last for generations.


26.5% of households in Scotland live in fuel poverty – 7 in 10 are houses.

£48–80 million estimated NHS savings by tackling fuel poverty, due to cold-related illness.

8–9,000 jobs would be created across Scotland through delivery of a national retrofit scheme.


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