Breaking Barriers

The Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings (EEPB) has recently published a report Breaking Barriers, which identified over four hundred political, economic, social and technical barriers to the take-up of whole house retrofit in the UK.  The report, prepared by the EEPB’s Whole House Retrofit Group, of which Rickaby Thompson Associates’ Director Peter Rickaby is a member, includes an action plan to remove those barriers, increase growth and establish an effective national, low carbon retrofit programme.  The focus of the report is on homes, covering all sectors including owner occupied, social housing, private rented.  The study looked not only at current policy instruments, but also at potential new ones, always with a long-term view in mind.  The group now plans to adopt and implement the action plan.  Proposed actions include quantifying the true value of deep retrofit to homes, formally defining and developing the concept of whole home energy improvement plans and working with others in the industry to improve understanding of how best to communicate whole house retrofit to the public.  For more information and to download a copy of the report, go to