Building a project team

Once your brief is set out and agreed it’s time to build a retrofit project team. A number of job roles and competencies make up a project team and how the roles fit together is in part due to the requirements of your home and in part down to your preference. The degree of service you need from each may vary, for example, a full service, just plans or just supervision. Also, you may find that some professionals may play a variety of roles within the project or that there are tasks you can take on yourself.

The retrofit job roles include:

  • Retrofit Advisor
  • Retrofit Assessor or Domestic Energy Assessor
  • Retrofit Designer (could be played by an Architect, Building Surveyor, Structural Engineer, Services Engineer)
  • Retrofit Coordinator (could also be a Clerk of Works)
  • Structural engineer
  • Mechanical and Electrical Systems (M&E) Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Financial Advisor

Within People Powered Retrofit we use Retrofit Surveyors, whose competencies are similar, and often align to the Retrofit Assessor or Retrofit Coordinator roles as defined under the PAS2035 standard.

Tips for appointing team members

Look at the range of providers available for the services you require and talk to other householders who have had similar work done. List out the services you want each role to do so there are no surprise gaps later down the line and get quotes.

We’d recommend meeting with each person quoting – get them to visit your home and assess communications with them.

Check insurances, ask about Professional Indemnity Insurance and take up references. Finally, put together a formal appointment with a list of tasks so everyone is clear about what is expected of them.

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