Energy retrofit for schools and homes


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As schools in England continue to debate with the government over whether they should open at the beginning of June after the Coronavirus outbreak, the GLA has re-appointed Turner and Townsend to lead the delivery of the Mayor of London's flagship programme for public buildings, named 'Retrofit Accelerator for Workplaces.'

Previously known as RE-FIT, the scheme launched in 2009 has supported hundreds of public sector buildings such as schools, NHS bodies and government departments, in retrofitting buildings and reducing carbon emissions.

Over the next two and a half years, the firm will continue to work with the GLA to transform energy inefficient buildings across the capital in the move towards net zero carbon. The value of the contract is £3 million and is funded by the GLA and European Regional Development Fund, and the team includes the Carbon Trust and Ramboll.

The programme is part of the Mayor's 'Energy for Londoners' programme which aims to make London's homes warm, healthy and affordable, workplaces more energy efficient and to supply the capital with more local clean energy. In the last ten years, £100 million has been invested across 700 buildings, including the London School of Economics and the London Borough of Hounslow.

Richard McWilliams, Director of Programme Advisory at Turner and Townsend said:

'With this programme, the capital is leading the way for the wider UK and global real estate sector, building expertise in the industry to meet the climate challenge.'

The programme also aims to transform the capital's energy inefficient housing to create warm, affordable and ultra-low carbon homes. Retrofit Accelerator - Homes provides London boroughs and housing associations the technical expertise they need to kick-start 'whole house' retrofit projects across the capital. It also helps build the supply chain and business case to accelerate the retrofit revolution for private homes.

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