Retrofitting of Buildings

Upgrading your homes energy efficiency

‘Retrofitting of buildings is the targeted control of energy loss in domestic buildings via qualitative or quantitative assessment.’

Robert Tiffin

Did you know that any home built before 1990 is considered an old building and is therefore thermally inefficient?

Robert Tiffin

The construction world has been talking about retrofitting homes for decades, but the subject is becoming more frequently discussed as the issue of climate change becomes more desperate. Much of the housing stock in the UK is losing heat through poor glazing, uninsulated walls and lofts, and draughts in all kinds of places. All of these push your energy bills skywards together with old heating systems. Now not everyone has huge amounts available to pay on a deep retrofit. However, the great thing with a retrofit project is that an energy-saving plan can be designed to guide you on how to update your home most effectively.

Retrofitting of buildings – How and when do you do it?

Retrofitting a building is the renovation or refurbishment of an existing building where the opportunity is taken to improve the energy performance of a structure by incorporating new high performing material. Retrofit looks at modifications to existing buildings that improve energy efficiency and decrease the energy demand.

We always start with a fabric first approach, then the services and lastly consider renewables. This is the correct practical approach and offers the best value to our clients.

Robert Tiffin

Getting retrofit right is a complicated business, but this is when Eco Tiffin can help as we are qualified Retrofit Coordinators and understand the complicated calculations. You'll hear us talking about thermal conductivity, U-values, thermal bridges, space heating, airtightness, and so much more. You could be losing a lot of energy and consequently heat, but first, establish where this is occurring. Before a retrofit commences, we advise clients to carry out an energy assessment (qualitative or quantitative) as this gives greater insight and provides more accurate data. With this information, we can demonstrate how to make possible energy demand savings in the future in real cost.

However, some clients don't like to go into so much detail and are happy to look at the more obvious practical steps such as insulation and draught-proofing, controlled ventilation and a modern heating system (qualitative). This method is also acceptable as every home is different, and each depends on individual requirements, so we must listen to our clients and provide the correct solutions for the age of the property, it’s occupancy and usage to maximum benefit and added value.

Retrofitting can be undertaken at any time, but often it works out more cost-effective to do it when carrying out other refurbishments or extension works or repair and maintenance works, so we will always recommend this.

Replaced Garage

Robert and the team replaced my old garage (with an asbestos roof) with a very nice larger garage. Everything was done when they said it would be. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely use Tiffin again.

Barbara, Hertfordshire

Highly Recommended

Robert Tiffin successfully diagnosed and treated the increasing damp in the cellar of our old house, something several previous firms had failed to do. He was professional and efficient and provided an excellent report.

Susan, Middlesex

Excellent Work

Tiffin handled all the aspects of the job really well, keeping us informed and sourcing high quality materials. They did a good job of organising all the various trades to do their parts in an efficient manner.

Matt P, Buckinghamshire

Professional and polite service, fair and reasonable price

The “Tiffin difference” was immediately noticeable. We were left with a strong sense that Robert and the team were professional and reliable in their approach. We will be using Tiffin for our next project.

Craig R, Hertfordshire

Unhesitatingly Recommended

Robert Tiffin is helpful and professional. His advice is sound and he will save you money where he can. Not surprisingly, the people he employs are also hard working and professional. Schedules are maintained and when work is completed everywhere is left clean and tidy. I have no hesitation in recommending them.

John D, Buckinghamshire

Excellent

Excellent advice on cause of damp in converted block of flats and successful repairs too. Extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of causes of building failure and damage and reinstatement for insurance purposes too. Highly recommended.

Steven Lazarus, London

Professional firm with high standards

Eco Tiffin sorted out my damp problem in an outbuilding, insulated and decorated it, turning it into a pleasant and very usable storeroom. Their knowledge and experience inspired confidence, and I felt that I was given honest advice about the most sensible way to pursue this project, without wasting money unnecessarily.

Neena Bush, Hertfordshire

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