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Frances Hunt

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  • Comment on: Government urged to consider traditional buildings in Green Deal

    Frances Hunt's comment 16 October, 2012 3:35 pm

    Good: the Green Deal has steadfastly set its face against treating retrofit as any more than an add-on of bits of insulation and perhaps a boiler. It has also failed to address the need to design and project manage a complete and integrated solution for each building's and owner's energy saving strategy. We participated in the 'consultation' on GD, pointing out that retrofit is a complex operation, even to a single domestic dwelling, which needs a wide range of skills to pull off successfully. There was no feedback.
    I think every practicing architect is only too well aware of how a good retrofit has to go down into the fundamentals of a building. Most architects are also very eco-aware, not least because even the building regulations are running well ahead of public perception. I suspect there are few architects who believe a 'green deal assessor' will know enough about buildings etc to administer ECO. So it is a bit harsh to be directing the comment at architects to 'change their assessment methods and approach'. Here we are, trying to carry out good retrofits and completely undermined by the Green Deal assumption that it can be a single bit of add-on stuff which will pay for itself within a few years.

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