Swinney to see new app for housing  energy efficiency

John Swinney, MSP
John Swinney, MSP

Scotland’s Join Deputy First Minister John Swinney is set to see at  first-hand how an innovative new free app, developed by Building Research Establishment (BRE) in partnership with Cruden Building and Renewals, will allow housing associations, social landlords and commercial housebuilders to create more energy efficient homes in Scotland.

He is due to visit the BRE Innovation Park Ravenscraig in North Lanarkshire tomorrow (13 Oct)

The data incorporated within the new RetrofitLab App is the most up to date on the marketplace and follows months of research and monitoring at the “Refurbished House” on the BRE Innovation Park in Ravenscraig, which represents a recreation of the “four in a block” model of which there are over 250,000 in Scotland and 3 million of a similar design in England.

Automatically, the new App will allow those involved within the housing sector to more easily calculate:

  • The benefits of refurbishing their existing properties
  • Accurately determine how much various works will cost
  • Confirm how much can be saved in maintenance
  • View accurately how much can be saved in running costs

Ultimately, the app is expected to assist in creating more energy efficient homes and reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions.

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