Countdown to 2020

December 7, 2016

Retrofit Scotland

Making Scotland’s built environment more sustainable

The Retrofit Scotland project comprised a collaboration of organisations that emerged from the 2020 Group’s Built Environment sub-group and was active from 2012-2015. The project was committed to the development and dissemination best practice in refurbishment within Scotland.

Best practice dissemination

Retrofit Scotland included representatives from the private and public sectors, and academia. Its aim was to provide information on retrofit case studies, assessment methods, simulation tools and financial mechanisms informing the development and specification of retrofit projects in Scotland. Retrofit Scotland has been recognised by the Scottish Government as an organisation that can contribute to the performance and integrity of our built environment.

The main organisations involved with this project were BRE Scotland, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, Edinburgh Napier University, Architecture and Design Scotland and Historic Scotland. Retrofit Scotland now have over 15 affiliated organisations that frequently provide case studies and other resources which help to populate standalone project website, including: the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), the Carbon Trust and the University of Strathclyde.

The Retrofit Scotland website

Retrofit Scotland’s members are actively involved in the research and implementation of retrofit projects throughout Scotland and are committed to the successful development of Scotland’s National Retrofit Programme. The Retrofit website brings together information on refurbishment projects to assist professionals and the general public to identify the most appropriate solutions to improve the performance of existing buildings. Together with industry and academic partners, Retrofit Scotland collated Case Studies of buildings retrofitted within the last 20 years. The aim is to identify those projects that have been most successful while also highlighting those that have been less effective to use lessons learned from all completed projects to inform the most appropriate approach to delivering restoration projects in the future. Additionally, Retrofit used its industrial and academic engagement to identify and assess various simulation and modelling tools that may be used to define retrofit interventions. The project provides news and information regarding retrofit projects and relevant best practice in Scotland as well as financial section that provides information on finance mechanisms that are available to support retrofit programmes.

Key milestones of Retrofit Scotland from 2009-2015:

  • Retrofit case studies, assessment methods, simulation tools and financial mechanisms (Green Deal, ECO, etc.) assessed, complied and disseminated via website
  • Over 100 case study projects and resources
  • Partnership organisations involved BRE Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University, Architecture and Design Scotland, Historic Scotland
  • 15+ affiliated organisations