Wates has launched Wates Retrofit aimed at supporting its maintenance programme in upgrading the energy efficiency of homes and other properties.
David Morgan, executive managing director of Wates Property Services, said: “With the launch of Wates Retrofit, we make a pledge to elevate our retrofit service for both domestic and non-domestic clients.
“We will continue to work collaboratively with them to navigate grant and funding streams, ensure compliance and connect them with our specialist supply chain partners. Our aim is to help our clients reduce their carbon emissions, but within this vital objective is another pressing issue; families are facing rising energy costs. Helping to address this makes our retrofit work even more important to our business.”
He continued: “We embarked on our retrofit journey two years ago and we proudly became a leader in what was a relatively new and undoubtedly significant challenge for our industry.
“There are approximately five million social housing properties in the UK; some are new and inherently efficient, but the majority are decades old. Every single one requires an individual design with necessary property changes, and appropriate and cost-effective energy efficiency measures for that individual property. The task at hand is vast, but the knowledge and best practice we have built up positions us as the perfect partner for our customers, many of whom are themselves navigating new challenges when it comes to carbon reduction.”
Wates Retrofit, a new stamp of quality that signals the Group’s commitment to Net Zero carbon and to supporting those facing fuel poverty from unprecedented rising energy costs.
- Energy efficiency measures so far delivered for 531 social housing properties
- 1,000 social housing properties currently undergoing retrofit assessments
- PAS 2038 compliance expands retrofit service to non-domestic properties
The launch of Wates Retrofit comes two years after Wates Living Space – the Group’s dedicated social housing maintenance business – began working with social landlords and housing associations to retrofit ageing housing stock. The service launched in response to Government targets, which demand all social housing properties have Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) bands of at least C by 2030.
Through the Wates Retrofit service, Wates Living Space supports customers with funding applications, including the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), Green Homes Grant LAD Scheme, as well as accessing Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Funding for clients.