‘Whole-house’ is a term used a lot in retrofit. But what does it actually mean and why is it so important?
Taking a ‘whole house approach’ means making changes in a joined-up way, considering the junctions between measures and thinking about the potential impact of works on each other and the whole home. This helps to avoid unintended consequences or the need for re-work. When done in a planned way, retrofit can help you make your home “zero carbon ready”.
Many people don’t want to retrofit their property all at once. Maybe they don’t have the budget, or they want to avoid the disruption and the risk. They can still take a whole-house approach, considering the implications of measures together rather than in isolation, even if they don’t deliver them all at once.
Marion Lloyd-Jones, of the People Powered Retrofit team, explains how to take a whole-house approach: