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Old for new? Mapping skills and communication networks for local traditional and off-site modular building energy retrofit

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September 2021 to November 2022

Project team

Faye Wade

Janette Webb

This project uses Social Network Analysis to map the skills and communication networks of supply chain actors recruited into local traditional and off-site modular building retrofitting strategies.

Old for new? Mapping skills and communication networks for local traditional and off-site modular building energy retrofit

Most people retrofit their homes incrementally, for example replacing a boiler then adding new windows. This is a good way to utilise local tradespeople, but this traditional strategy is unlikely to meet climate targets. An alternative is off-site manufacture of a new building cover that includes more efficient insulation and appliances in one unit. Tradespeople need different skills for traditional and off-site retrofitting techniques, but we do not yet have a clear picture of who is involved in different retrofitting strategies. This research maps the skills and communication networks of supply chain actors in local traditional and off-site modular strategies.

Why does it matter?

  • We need to understand the supply chain actors involved in different retrofitting strategies.
  • New strategies, like off-site manufacture will not succeed if we do not have enough people across the supply chain to deliver them
  • Developing understandings of the skills and communication networks at play helps us to
    • Develop suitable skills training and maximise employment across the sector.
    • Deliver energy retrofitting well and in a way that actually contributes to reducing energy consumption.
    • Deliver energy retrofit at the speed and scale needed to meet climate targets.

What we are asking

  • How do skills and communication in supply chains for local traditional and off-site modular retrofitting differ?
  • What skills are needed to take part in local traditional and off-site modular retrofitting?
  • How can the local traditional approach be expanded to deliver wide-scale retrofitting?
  • How can off-site modular retrofitting utilise local networks for roll-out in local communities?

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