Enhabit has worked on a variety of retrofit projects with a range of clients and funding strategies. Following the completion of the UK’s first two Passivhaus certified retrofits (one of which was for Octavia Housing), Octavia Housing engaged us to come up with a comprehensive strategy for retrofit and financing methods for the works.
Following an initial analysis, Enhabit held a workshop with a number of stakeholders from Octavia including asset managers, board members, and non-executive directors, as well as external stakeholders including resident representatives, Octavia’s maintenance subcontractor and a General Practitioner. Enhabit facilitated discussion around the different approaches to energy efficiency, the aims of retrofit, financing mechanisms, supply chain and the Green Deal and compiled the feedback to inform the decision on retrofit measures.
It was recommended that Octavia retrofit their void properties to achieve a SAP score of D or better. The measures needed to achieve this and a real-life implementation strategy were developed. A strategy to improve the performance of properties that were undergoing general maintenance was also presented to Octavia. Multiple funding streams were investigated to provide different combinations of financing options that would be applicable for the client in varying scenarios.
Detailed specifications of measures for void properties of various types were prepared.
The team also recommended that energy efficiency be included in the general maintenance schedule. The existing maintenance schedules were then reviewed and recommendations made for measures that could be undertaken at reasonable cost at the same time, utilising trade that was already on site.