Ireland’s Retrofit Ambitions Lay Down Challenge for UK Government

Ireland retrofit scheme begins - man insulating between roof rafters
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Architects and industry groups have long advocated for a national retrofit strategy to be introduced in the UK, so far to no avail. But the new Irish National Retrofit Strategy demonstrates an ambition that begs the question, could it be replicated in the UK?

Ireland’s new plans for retrofitting homes are designed to minimise carbon emission from homes and save households money on their energy bills. Yet despite industry campaigning, no such UK government scheme exists.

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.