What is Regenerative Places?

Our Regenerative Places Programme (RRP) aims to work with several pilot local areas to explore and demonstrate how retrofit can act as a catalyst to ensure wider regenerative benefits to communities, such as: 

  • Decarbonising heat and energy 
  • Improving biodiversity and green space 
  • Offering health and social value benefits 
  • Strengthening climate resilience. 

The programme will also consider how a place-based approach to retrofit could build capacity within local networks and ensure they are resilient to future challenges

Why Regenerative Places?

The decarbonisation of our built environment is fundamental to mitigating climate change, yet unless we take a holistic, multifaceted approach, we risk missing significant opportunities to address related societal challenges and leveraging the most compelling co-benefits.   
These challenges are most directly experienced at the community level.  The scale of home retrofit needed is a key driver, however smaller-scale mixed-use buildings, public assets, and all the spaces in-between, form an integral part of place-based strategies. 
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Our homes and the need for retrofit in the UK

UKGBC’s  Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap shows that homes are responsible for the largest share of emissions from the built environment. Tackling these emissions is mission-critical to delivering on the UK’s net zero commitment. 

The challenge is considerable. With just under two-thirds of the nation’s homes rated an EPC rating ‘D’ or below, we have a sizable housing stock that is wasting precious energy on a daily basis. Around 85% of the nation’s homes are heated by gas, and the price of which continues to rise as the energy and cost of living crises continue, making our inefficient homes an environmental, social and economic challenge. Additionally, common illnesses caused by cold homes in the winter currently costs the NHS about £1.4 billion every year. 

Both issues can be tackled by an ambitious nationwide retrofit programme designed to improve insulation and energy efficiency. We want to see this starting with the 19 million homes rated EPC ‘D’ or below. Upgrading these homes to a grade ‘C’ would reduce gas demand by 20% alone. 

But it’s not just the cold we need to protect our homes from. As we increasingly face the adverse impacts of climate change-influenced weather events, our homes must be retrofitted to adapt to heatwaves, flooding and water shortages. Retrofitting is essential for our buildings and communities to have a sustainable future. 

Key areas of work

Local Authority Retrofit Forum

Designed for local government officers to connect and collaborate, share challenges and solutions, and hear from sector leaders.

Local Authority Retrofit Accelerator (LARA)

The LARA pilot is looking to demonstrate how a systems-based approach to tackling the retrofit challenge can deliver a step change in carbon emission reductions from domestic buildings.

Local Authority Retrofit Accelerator Toolkit

We have also developed a LARA ‘Getting Started Toolkit’ which aims to help local authorities establish Retrofit Facilitation Services in their area, supporting homeowners in energy efficiency upgrades and aiding the UK’s carbon reduction efforts.

Retrofit Playbook

A guide where local authorities can ‘dip into’ sections that are relevant and useful to them. We are also seeking ongoing feedback.

Funding Partner

The MCS Foundation’s generous support has made our work on LARA and creation of the toolkit possible so far.

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