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Retrofit South East developed a model for low-carbon retrofit of social housing. The refurbishment of 14 homes created a focus for networking, dissemination and transfer of knowledge to construction businesses, professionals and policy-makers. The project tested solutions to a range of identified market failure issues, to stimulate the emerging retrofit market. This in turn will lead to the creation of new high-quality jobs in the region, and support energy efficiency and carbon reduction targets.

Executive summary

Retrofit South East was funded by the South East England ERDF Competitiveness programme between 2009 and 2011. It aimed to transform a small community of social housing by retrofitting the properties to a high standard of energy efficiency and to use this as a catalyst for an innovative programme of research, business assistance, knowledge transfer and awareness-raising in the region.

The project was developed in recognition of the significant challenges the housing sector faces if it is to hit the national energy efficiency target of an 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Social housing association Radian took a lead with Retrofit South East to help others and to build capacity in the sector. As Paul Ciniglio, the project leader described it: ‘We recognise the scale of the retrofit challenge in the social housing sector. We have to really embark on this.’

During the course of the project 14 semi-detached Reema type homes in Borough Grove, Petersfield underwent an advanced low-carbon refurbishment. Free business assistance was delivered to 85 SMEs to improve their ability to ‘upsell’ energy efficiency and its benefits to householders. Two conferences were held to present findings. A series of reports was produced with extensive detail of the retrofit techniques used, such as cost, results, energy efficiency improvements and potential impacts of upscaling for the regional economy, a new finance model, and a map of regional low-carbon retrofit exemplars. A network of refurbishment pioneers in social housing was created.

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Technical information


Retrofit South East: how social housing retrofit can help meet Europe's climate change targets

Member State and Region

UK, South East England, Petersfield

Duration of project

1.09.2009 – 02.2011 (19 months).


Total budget: £843 000 (1 044 342 €) - ERDF contribution: £421 000 (521 552 €)

Cohesion Policy Objective


Managing Authority

Department for Communities and Local Government Bridge House, Guildford

Head of ERDF Programme (South East)

Brigitte, Needs

Tel.: +44 (0) 303 4446531

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CCI nr of OP

2007UK162PO002 South East England Operational Programme


Paul Ciniglio, Project Leader and formerly Sustainability and Innovation Manager at Radian Housing

Tel: +44 (0)2392 896868

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Energy efficiency, housing