PRP Architects, one of the UKs leading practices is accepting a challenge set by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to deliver a house that pays back its investment through energy saving as quickly as possible.

The DECC challenge, developed in conjunction with the BEST Show (Built Environment Solutions & Technologies) has been issued to the UK’s design and build sector to encourage the industry to develop creative solutions to renovate and refurnish existing housing stock adopting an efficient and cost effective approach.

PRP Architects is the first to rise to the challenge, and will be presenting its response at the BEST show which is taking place from 18-20 October 2010 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Andrew Mellor, Director (Environmental) of PRP commented:

“PRP will be showcasing whole dwelling retrofit solutions in the form of real scale mock-ups on our stand at BEST so that visitors can gain a full understanding of the retrofit process; its benefits, impacts, costs and operational requirements.  Our in-house experts and construction partners will be available to answer questions and offer advice in relation to all aspects of whole dwelling retrofit.”

Retrofit is an area which is enjoying renewed interest since the Government pledged to cut 80% of UK carbon emissions by 2050. Domestic emissions, those coming from existing residential buildings, account for over one quarter of all UK carbon emissions; these need to be cut by 33% over the next 10 years if Government is going to meet these targets.

The UK’s housing stock is aging, BRE2 has predicted that 70% of all housing stock used by 2050 is already in existence and 37% (8.1 million) of these are classified as non-decent* under the HHSRS definition. This means that 37% of homes will need construction solutions to improve their efficiency and are sustainable for future generations.

The DECC challenge at BEST aims to develop innovative and constructive methods in order to assist the Government in meeting these targets. The construction industry has an important role to play, both in the development of new environmentally friendly homes and the ways in which older homes can be renovated to reduce their emissions.

Taking place from 18-20 October 2010 in Birmingham, the BEST show offers visitors the opportunity to view and purchase new products and technologies which have been designed to provide practical solutions to this very real problem.  The commercial space will offer a platform for PRP to respond to the challenge. This is a premier opportunity to focus on innovations which will help solve challenges of the future construction supply chain.

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