The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) publishes paper ‘From Retrofit to Regeneration’, a blueprint for post-Covid recovery.
… There is nothing new about the concept of Regeneration….What is new is the commitment to revamp large swathes of existing building stock…
This paper explains why the UK should replace its policies and programmes to ‘Retrofit’ the built environment (merely to improve energy efficiency) with a strategy which uses a much wider set of objectives. Taken together, this might be termed a ‘Regeneration’ approach.
Such an approach would include health, heritage, community cohesion, local employment, cleaning and re-greening the environment, transport, and flood alleviation.
A well thought-out programme of regeneration would enable the government to present a post-Covid recovery which delivers all these objectives, while being low on cost. At the same time, it would deliver sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while minimising the overall environmental impact of making these changes.
There is nothing new about the concept of Regeneration. Many schemes have been implemented in the UK over the last 50 years – with varying degrees of success. What is new is the commitment to revamp large swathes of existing building stock and to spend a very large amount of money doing so, all driven by the recent climate change agenda. Given this commitment, it’s important that we get the process right.