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Introducing Our Comprehensive Range of Retrofit Courses at Peterborough College

By 2050, the UK has a legally binding commitment to be carbon neutral. Over 25% of all CO2 emissions in the country come from living in our homes, and with some of the oldest, draughtiest housing stock in Europe, it’s crucial to reduce wasted heat and power. At Peterborough College, we offer a range of Retrofit courses designed to prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in this rapidly expanding industry.

At Peterborough College, we are proud to offer an exceptional selection of Retrofit courses tailored to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in the industry. Our diverse courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to excel in various retrofit and energy efficiency roles. Whether you’re new to the sector or looking to enhance your existing expertise, we have the perfect course.

Why Retrofit Matters:

There are 27 million homes in the UK, and the majority will need retrofitting to meet the government’s carbon reduction targets. By properly insulating homes, introducing greener heating solutions, and implementing renewable energy sources such as solar panels or heat pumps, we can make a significant impact on CO2 emissions. With thousands of career opportunities in the retrofit sector, now is the perfect time to join this fast-growing industry.

Key Occupations in Retrofit:

Our Retrofit courses cater to various roles within the sector, including trades such as plastering, joinery, carpentry, rendering, heat pump installation, and solar panel installation. Professionals in retrofit advisory, assessment, coordination, and design will also benefit from our programs. In addition, job roles in social housing, such as Tenant Liaison Officers, Asset Managers, and Energy and Sustainability Officers, can greatly benefit from our Retrofit qualifications.

Government Investment and Employment Opportunities:

The UK government is investing heavily in retrofit projects through schemes like the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme, and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, amounting to around £2 billion per year. Employers in the retrofit sector include local authorities, housing associations, installers, energy companies, contractors, and sub-contractors, with many individuals choosing to become self-employed or start their own businesses.

The Role of Retrofit Advisors:

As the UK strives to reduce carbon emissions, Retrofit Advisors will play a key role in improving energy efficiency and retrofitting the country’s 27 million homes. Retrofit Advisors provide independent advice to homeowners and residents, helping them understand retrofit’s impact on their properties. Often the first point of contact for residents, Retrofit Advisors support and advise throughout the retrofit project and liaise with assessors, coordinators, designers, and installers to ensure everything goes smoothly.

What is Retrofit?

Retrofit refers to the process of making modifications or improvements to an existing building or structure to enhance its energy efficiency, performance, or overall functionality. This can involve a variety of methods, such as:

    • Adding or improving insulation in walls, floors, and roofs reduces heat loss and improves energy efficiency.
    • Upgrading windows to double or triple glazing improves thermal performance and reduces heat transfer.
    • Replacing or upgrading inefficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with more energy-efficient alternatives.
    • Swapping outdated lighting fixtures for energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs and incorporating smart lighting controls.
    • Integrating renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines, into the building’s energy supply.
    • Installing low-flow fixtures, rainwater harvesting systems, or greywater recycling systems to reduce water consumption.
    • Implementing advanced building management systems (BMS) to optimise energy use and improve overall building performance.

Where will I study?

Our Retrofit courses will be delivered from Peterborough College or Stamford College, with several classroom classes and optional remote classes, depending on the course and level. More information can be found on course pages.

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