Green refurbishment: gathering evidence for a nationwide delivery

The National Refurbishment Centre is a joint initiative between BRE and the Energy Saving Trust to provide evidence and knowledge that enables mass delivery of green refurbishment.

The energy-efficiency of existing buildings needs to be improved because they currently account for around 45% of the UK’s annual carbon emissions, which the government is committed to cutting by 80% by 2050. However, there is still a lack of understanding about which energy-efficiency measures are most effective for a given building type.

An evidence and knowledge hub

The National Refurbishment Centre is gathering this evidence through a nationwide network of refurbishment exemplars and has developed the Refurbishment Portal, a searchaable online database of case studies.  Analysis of the data helps to provide critical insight for both industry and government in the areas of refurbishment solutions and skills.

The National Refurbishment Centre is also building up an online library of best practice guides and resources on all aspects of green refurbishment and retrofit, as well as providing information on events and seminars.

A partnership organisation

The National Refurbishment Centre is aimed at industry, driven by industry and funded by industry. Its partners represent a cross-section of industry and include manufacturers, energy providers, main contractors, housing associations, professional organisations, research bodies, training providers and retailers.


It is a highly collaborative organisation, with the partners attending quarterly steering group meetings chaired by an independent Chairman. The National Refurbishment Centre is governed by a formal collaboration agreement between BRE and The Energy Saving Trust with a detailed Service Level Agreement for partners.