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Introducing our Comprehensive Range of Retrofit Courses at Stamford College

By 2050, the UK has a legally binding commitment to be carbon neutral. Over 25% of all CO2 emissions in the country come from living in our homes, and with some of the oldest, draughtiest housing stock in Europe, it’s crucial to reduce wasted heat and power. At Stamford College, we offer a range of Retrofit courses designed to prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in this rapidly expanding industry.

At Stamford College, we are proud to offer an exceptional selection of Retrofit courses tailored to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in the industry. Our diverse courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to excel in various retrofit and energy efficiency roles. Whether you’re new to the sector or looking to enhance your existing expertise, we have a perfect course.


What is Retrofit?

Retro­fit refers to the process of mak­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions or improve­ments to an exist­ing build­ing or struc­ture to enhance its ener­gy effi­cien­cy, per­for­mance, or over­all func­tion­al­i­ty. This can involve a vari­ety of meth­ods, such as:

  • Adding or improv­ing insu­la­tion in walls, floors, and roofs reduces heat loss and improves ener­gy efficiency.
  • Upgrad­ing win­dows to dou­ble or triple glaz­ing improves ther­mal per­for­mance and reduces heat transfer.
  • Replac­ing or upgrad­ing inef­fi­cient heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion, and air con­di­tion­ing (HVAC) sys­tems with more ener­gy-effi­cient alternatives.
  • Swap­ping out­dat­ed light­ing fix­tures for ener­gy-effi­cient LED or CFL bulbs and incor­po­rat­ing smart light­ing controls.
  • Inte­grat­ing renew­able ener­gy sources, such as solar pan­els or wind tur­bines, into the building’s ener­gy supply.
  • Installing low-flow fix­tures, rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tems, or grey­wa­ter recy­cling sys­tems to reduce water consumption.
  • Imple­ment­ing advanced build­ing man­age­ment sys­tems (BMS) to opti­mise ener­gy use and improve over­all build­ing performance.

To learn more about Retro­fit view our edu­ca­tion­al video here

Why Retro­fit Matters

There are 27 mil­lion homes in the UK, and the major­i­ty will need Retro­fitting to meet the government’s car­bon reduc­tion tar­gets. By prop­er­ly insu­lat­ing homes, intro­duc­ing green­er heat­ing solu­tions, and imple­ment­ing renew­able ener­gy sources, such as solar pan­els or heat pumps, we can make a sig­nif­i­cant impact on CO2 emis­sions. With thou­sands of career oppor­tu­ni­ties in the retro­fit sec­tor, now is the per­fect time to join this fast-grow­ing industry.

Where will I study?

Our Retro­fit cours­es will be deliv­ered from Stam­ford Col­lege, with a num­ber of class­room class­es and option­al remote class­es, depend­ing on the course and lev­el. More infor­ma­tion can be found on course pages.

Key Occu­pa­tions in Retrofit

Our Retro­fit cours­es cater to var­i­ous roles with­in the sec­tor, includ­ing trades such as plas­ter­ing, join­ery, car­pen­try, ren­der­ing, heat pump instal­la­tion, and solar pan­el instal­la­tion. Pro­fes­sion­als in retro­fit advi­so­ry, assess­ment, coor­di­na­tion, and design will also ben­e­fit from our pro­grams. In addi­tion, job roles in social hous­ing, such as Ten­ant Liai­son Offi­cers, Asset Man­agers, and Ener­gy and Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Offi­cers, can great­ly ben­e­fit from our Retro­fit qualifications.

Gov­ern­ment Invest­ment and Employ­er Opportunities

The UK gov­ern­ment is invest­ing heav­i­ly in retro­fit projects through schemes like the Ener­gy Com­pa­ny Oblig­a­tion (ECO), Local Author­i­ty Deliv­ery (LAD) scheme, and the Social Hous­ing Decar­bon­i­sa­tion Fund, amount­ing to around £2 bil­lion per year. Employ­ers in the Retro­fit sec­tor include local author­i­ties, hous­ing asso­ci­a­tions, installers, ener­gy com­pa­nies, con­trac­tors, and sub-con­trac­tors, with many indi­vid­u­als choos­ing to become self-employed or start their own businesses.

The Role of Retro­fit Advisors

As the UK strives to reduce car­bon emis­sions, Retro­fit Advi­sors will play a key role in improv­ing ener­gy effi­cien­cy and retro­fitting the country’s 27 mil­lion homes. Retro­fit Advi­sors pro­vide inde­pen­dent advice to home­own­ers and res­i­dents, help­ing them under­stand Retrofit’s impact on their prop­er­ties. Often the first point of con­tact for res­i­dents, Retro­fit Advi­sors sup­port and advise through­out the Retro­fit project and liaise with asses­sors, coor­di­na­tors, design­ers, and installers to ensure every­thing goes smoothly.


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