The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

NatWest Launches Free Retrofit Training Programme for Construction Sector

NatWest Launches Free Retrofit Training Programme for Construction Sector
22 August 2023

A free platform to help construction workers learn about addressing climate change through retrofitting has been launched by NatWest and the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

NatWest Group is the Supply Chain Sustainability School's first partner within the finance sector, with the shared aim to build capability and capacity to accelerate retrofitting of UK buildings to make them more energy efficient.

Bodies such as The Building Engineering Services Association predicts that a failure to retrofit commercial buildings to meet net-zero targets could ignite a new energy crisis. Buildings contribute 40 per cent of the UK's carbon emissions and as 80 per cent of the buildings that will be standing in 2050 already exist, the UK simply cannot deliver against its net-zero ambitions without significant retrofitting of its buildings. The government has estimated that the cost of decarbonising UK public sector buildings is estimated to be £25-30 billion

This new platform offers free training covering retrofit as well as 17 key sustainability topics including energy & carbon, waste & circular economy and more.

The programme will be unveiled through a virtual conference taking place on 7 November, 2023 and you can register for the launch event here by signing up to a free account on the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

Ian Heptonstall, Director of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, commented: “Our mission is to enable a sustainable built environment through knowledge and collaboration, however most of our work to date has focused on new builds. To truly fulfil our mission, we must pivot towards the existing building stock, crafting and delivering learning experiences that empower the UK to retrofit its structures with cutting-edge technologies and systems, positioning us to fulfil our Net Zero commitments. We look forward to tackling climate change through retrofit with NatWest Group.”

James Close, Head of Climate Change at NatWest Group added: “As one of the largest lenders in the UK, we have a key role to play in supporting consumers and businesses in transitioning to more energy efficient homes and buildings that are warmer, cheaper to heat, and generate lower emissions.

“Decarbonising properties will require retrofitting existing buildings to increase their energy efficiency, constructing new energy efficient buildings and decarbonisation of electricity and heating supply. We want to work at scale to increase demand. But we need the skills and companies to carry out the work and we also want to make it as easy for our customers to retrofit as possible.  Our collaboration with the Supply Chain Sustainability School will help cultivate a more mature retrofit supply chain, share knowledge and build the skills needed to retrofit homes and buildings across the UK.”

Picture: a photograph of some houses with solar panels on the roofs. Image Credit: Marcin Rogozinski

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 22 August 2023


Related Articles

‘Security Needs to be as Integral to Building Design as Plumbing and Power’

Paula Balmori, Global Director of Security Design and Systems Integration at Brivo, argues her case for why security considerations need to be embedded in the design of a...

 Read Full Article
RICS to Gather Input on Residential Retrofit Standard

RICS has launched an eight-week-long consultation to gather opinions from industry professionals on the new RICS Residential Retrofit Standard for 2023. The data...

 Read Full Article
RIBA Launches Award for Best Reuse of Buildings

The Royal Institute of British Architects has created a new award to celebrate buildings that have been reused or retrofitted. Four buildings have been shortlisted for...

 Read Full Article
HSBC to Leave Canary Wharf Headquarters

HSBC is planning to leave its Canary Wharf headquarters at 8 Canada Square when the lease expires in 2027. As reported by The Times, the global bank will move into...

 Read Full Article
City of London to ‘Fast-Track’ Office Retrofits

The City of London is tackling the demand for high-grade office space by introducing a "retrofit fast-track" planning approach. A recommendation from...

 Read Full Article
Historic Environment Scotland Announces Retrofit Project

A building in Bonnyrigg will be retrofitted to become a world-class facility to house Historic Environment Scotland’s archives. Several locations across central...

 Read Full Article
Museum of London Site Should be Retrofitted not Demolished says Heritage Group

Plans to build office blocks on the former Museum of London site have been criticised by campaign group Barbican Quarter Action, who say the existing building should be...

 Read Full Article
Boon Edam Completes One Canada Square Retrofit Project

The lobby of One Canada Square has been refurbished, including the retrofit of nine hydraulic-assisted revolving doors, which were originally installed in the...

 Read Full Article
Failure to Retrofit Buildings Could Spark New Energy Crisis

The Building Engineering Services Association predicts that the failure to retrofit commercial buildings to meet net-zero targets could to ignite a new energy...

 Read Full Article
VINCI Appointed for 3 Year Retrofit Project

VINCI Facilities has won a three-year contract worth £9 million to retrofit homes across London, Kent and Sussex. The contract with Southern Housing will...

 Read Full Article