Piecemeal construction and home improvement work leaves us with homes that are not fit for purpose – a whole house approach is the way forward

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At Cosy Homes Oxfordshire we often come across properties where home improvements and energy performance upgrades have been made in a piecemeal fashion.

One year an old chimney is blocked up; the next year single-glazed windows are replaced with triple-glazed; two years later a new owner comes along and replaces the windows, re-does the kitchen and bathroom, and gets to work on a loft conversion to add an extra bedroom to the property.

When construction work is done in this patchwork way to homes, it leaves the property vulnerable to issues later down the line because we are not considering the house as a whole, and how all these pieces work together to create a comfortable and efficient home. Take that chimney that was blocked up, for instance. If ventilation wasn’t considered whilst that was done, the homeowner is at risk of condensation, damp, and mould issues in the future.

The solution? Taking a whole house approach to energy performance and home retrofit.

A whole house approach looks at a property in its entirety, aiming to improve energy performance across the whole building and bring it to near net-zero energy demand in one step – though this may be across multiple phases of work.

This is what we do at Cosy Homes Oxfordshire – our first step is to assess a home and create a bespoke Whole House Plan full of our recommendations for retrofitting and improving energy performance, in the order that makes sense for the whole house.

Interested in getting involved? We’re building up our network of trusted building professionals – electricians, architects, general builders, ventilation experts, installers and more – who can work with to deliver our pipeline of home retrofit projects in Oxfordshire. Get in touch to find out how to join our delivery team today.

The first step is to get in touch with Michael Huth, Membership Development Manager at RetrofitWorks, on membership@retrofitworks.co.uk or give us a call on 0300 303 1269 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) to express your interest. You’ll then receive guidance on how to join the team.

Find out more on the Cosy Homes Oxfordshire  website

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire is a non-profit home retrofit service operating in Oxfordshire. We are a partnership project between the Low Carbon HubNational Energy Foundation, and RetrofitWorks – with grant funding from the UK Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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