New CPD explores role of retrofitting in decarbonising social housing stock

POLYMER window manufacturer REHAU has announced it is launching a new CPD covering the fenestration considerations when retrofitting the housing stock.

With social housing providers facing net zero emissions targets, the firm said specifiers are under pressure to identify new approaches to ensure overall sustainability.

REHAU is highlighting the role of retrofitting in decarbonising existing building stock, and encouraging specifiers to review component selection with thermal efficiency as a priority.

“To meet its ambitious net zero goals, the social housing sector needs to identify where their actions can have the biggest impact possible when reducing emissions,” said Martin Hitchin, CEO for REHAU UK. “Of the available decarbonisation routes, component specification stands out as a key area where improvements can be made – especially in retrofit projects.

“Considering the scope of the UK’s social housing stock and the funds available to improve energy performance, there are huge opportunities available to well-informed sector stakeholders, which is why we have launched this new CPD.”

Titled ‘Retrofit Window & Door Solutions for Social Housing,’ the CPD explores key factors when selecting components for existing building stock, including compliance considerations, building regulations and standards, and third-party approvals processes.

According to Mr. Hitchin, given the key role of windows and doors in a property’s overall thermal efficiency, increased awareness of the sustainability and performance of specific components will be vital to the sector achieving net zero targets.

“Windows and doors are the main routes through which heat leaves or is retained within a property, so it is logical to begin with these systems when improving thermal efficiency,” he added. “Ensuring these crucial components can meet the compliance requirements of building regulations and achieve additional product accreditations should therefore be paramount among the priorities of social housing specifiers.

“With that in mind, we hope this new CPD can assist the sector in its decarbonisation journey and keep project decisionmakers updated on what is possible with more sustainable systems. By working together with third parties in these areas, the industry is sure to make greater, swifter progress against net zero goals and deliver greener social housing that is fit for the future.”