Campaign and Partners
Great British Refurb Partners
Grand Designs Magazine regularly features houses that show eco-friendly measures in action, and supports the Great British Refurb campaign with updates on its progress.
Great British Refurb Sponsors
Knauf Insulation is the campaign sponsor and leading delivery partner of the Great British Refurb, and has provided all the insulation products used in the campaign’s eco-refurbs, including Rebecca’s house in Manchester, and the ‘Home of the Future’ competition winners’ home. Throughout the campaign, Knauf Insulation has been on hand, providing expert advice on how homeowners can make their own eco-improvements. Knauf Insulation is the UK’s leading manufacturer of insulation products, and the only producer of four types of insulation: glass and rock mineral wool with the revolutionary ECOSE® Technology, extruded polystyrene (XPS) and extruded polyethylene (XPE) in the UK. For more information and to see their range of products, check out their website.
Gentoo is a people and property business that aims to provide holistic solutions for a range of customers. As the registered social landlord in Sunderland, Gentoo manages nearly 30,000 properties which will be inhabited for many years to come, so being able to successfully retrofit the existing stock to higher energy efficient levels is important for the long-term maintenance of the homes and to reduce customer’s fuel bills.
Gentoo recently undertook an ambitious ‘retrofit’ programme of a selection of its current housing stock, learning lessons for the housing sector, landlords, customers and product supplier’s when attempting to meet the challenge of the huge national retrofit programme that lies ahead.Having also been chosen to deliver the first ever UK trials of the Government backed Pay As You Save (PAYS) scheme, Gentoo’s experience will be invaluable to the campaign.
Great British Refurb Supporters
10:10 is a campaign to encourage individuals, companies and institutions to reduce their carbon footprints by 10% during 2010. To date, it has attracted enormous support from around the world.
In October 2009, 10:10 teamed up with the Great British Refurb campaign to run the ‘Home of the Future’ competition. The winners - Will and Catherine, won a £23,000 refurb of their Bristol home which led to a reduction in its CO2 emissions of an amazing 80 per cent, and 123% cuts in the their fuel bills. That is right – they started earning an income from their house, rather than being bothered by bills To read more about this project, click here.
‘Start’ is a national initiative by The Prince's Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living.
At the "Garden Party to Make a Difference" launch event for Start, held on Sunday 12 September, Kevin McCloud got behind the wheel to demonstrate some of the latest and most impressive eco-cars at the 'Eco Car Spectacular', as part of his wider commitment to sustainable living.
GBR Campaign Director, Simon McWhirter was also speaking at the opening festival, and we are looking to get involved with lots more events in the future.
SolarCentury is the UK’s leading solar energy company specialising in the design and installation of solar photovoltaics. In 2009, SolarCentury teamed up with the Great British Refurb campaign as a project partner on the ‘Home of the Future’ competition. A team of their experts helped transform Will and Catherine’s home.
The GBR campaign also supports the UK solar power group ‘We Support Solar’, which promotes solar power in the UK and contains information about ‘feed-in-tariffs’’, with our Campaign Director, Simon, sitting on the WSS steering group.
Parity Projects is dedicated to saving energy in existing homes, specialising in individual home and community energy mapping and refurb planning. The Parity team have lent their knowledge and expertise to help out the Great British Refurb campaign on a number of projects including: the house that Kevin built outside the Houses of Parliament back in July 2009 and the refurbishment of Rebecca’s Victorian terrace in Manchester in October 2009. We can strongly recommend them if you need to suss out what you need to do for your own home energy makeover.
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) joined the Great British Refurb campaign for the launch back in 2009 and continue as our technical partner. Check out our Saving Energy page, compiled by EST, to see how you can make energy savings and efficiencies, large and small, in your own home. EST provides information, advice and expertise on the best ways to save energy, conserve water and reduce waste in the home.
Research by EST also supports one of the GBR campaign’s aims to promote the Green Deal and get the government to provide more financial support for green home improvements. Click here to read more.
The campaign was delighted when British Recycled Products indicated its support. They are thinking along all the right sort of lines in environmental terms, offering a range of high quality 100% recycled building products and outdoor furniture including recycled paint made from reclaimed waste emulsion paints. Their products are made from 100% British waste that would otherwise end up in landfill – all good closed loop thinking.
What’s more, they share our belief that small, affordable changes can lead to significant energy savings and back our drive to make eco-refurbishing as affordable and attractive as possible.
Bristol Green Doors is a Community Interest Company which aims to make domestic green refurbishment more accessible to the public. As part of the Heritage Open Days, around 50 retrofitted homes in Bristol took part in the September 2010 open house events. The Great British Refurb campaign is supporting Bristol Green Doors and helping spread the word about how easy and affordable eco-refurbishing can be. Check out all the activities on the event programme.
Bristol Green Doors are developing the retrofitting supply chain, promoting community action and establishing a successful model other cities might learn from.
The Great British Refurb campaign is a partner in the Old Home SuperHome project and is helping promote its mission to inspire as many people as possible to learn how to eco-makeover their own homes – to turn their humble dwellings into SuperHomes.
It is a joint initiative of the Sustainable Energy Academy and the National Energy Foundation aimed at transforming the energy efficiency of the entire existing housing stock. One element of this is a network of over 50 homes nationwide that have already been eco-refurbished delivering carbon cuts of at least 60% in each home. In September 2010, most of these took part in the Open House events, allowing people to explore the homes and see how eco-refurbishments have helped the homeowners make energy efficiency savings and slash their energy bills. Find out more here.
The National Insulation Association (NIA) represents the insulation industry in the UK and our members include the manufacturers and installers of cavity wall, internal and external wall insulation, loft insulation and draught proofing solutions for the home or business. The NIA is working very closely with DECC in the development of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation.
- Run-down or derelict dwellings that require substantial renovation work – including listed and historic buildings.
- Disused, neglected property that can be converted in to usable buildings, for example, old barns, lighthouses and chapels.
- New ecologically built homes, using sustainable, natural materials and incorporating high levels of energy efficiency and renewable energy systems.
- The installation of energy saving measures and renewable energy systems to existing property
MyBuilder.com helps homeowners find and compare recommended builders and tradesmen based on a trusted review system. With eco-refrubs on the rise, the website makes it easier to connect with specialists who have the skills and experience to get the job done to a high standard. Whether you're looking to do a complete home makeover or just need a Gas Safe plumber to upgrade your central heating you can get competitive quotes easily and make a more informed decision using MyBuilder.com
About the Campaign
It is time for our campaign to take a back seat and let the politicking end and the real world Great British Refurb commence.
The GBR campaign ran from 2009 to 2012 and ended with the passing of the green deal legislation.Here are our successes
The campaign was set up three years ago with the ultimate aim of making it easier for owners to eco-refurb their homes. And to a massive extent we achieved just that. The Green Deal, which is a government policy which will enables all of us to refurb our homes with no upfront costs is a game changer and we are proud to have been a catalyst and indeed on occasion cattle prod to that happening. So now when the landscape of home refurb is changing dramatically, it is time for us to take a back seat too and let the politicking end and the real world Great British Refurb commence.