This Autumn, Carbon Co-op ran a series of seminars for members on procuring and delivering energy efficiency works for homes, covering what to prioritise, which professionals to appoint and how to approach contractors.
Hosted at Hulme Community Garden Centre and delivered by industry professionals Marianne Heaslip of URBED and Bill Taylor of Taylor Armitt, the seminars were hugely popular and we expect to run more in 2015 (email us to express an interest in attending).
Carbon Co-op members can access presentations here: http://www.carbon.coop/content/routes-retrofit-presentations and a special hour-long webinar covering topics from the seminars here: http://www.carbon.coop/content/ask-expert-webinar-no-4-routes-retrofit
For those who couldn't attend here are Bill and Marianne's top three tips to take in to consideration when commissioning retrofit works:
- Come up with a good brief for your project – clearly outline what you want and your expectations in advance of work starting
- Get the right advisors and contractors for the job – can be tricky but worth it in the long run
- Try not to interfere too much, be certain at the start about what you want, provide a good brief and let the professionals get on with their work
- A good brief and understanding of your priorities, where you are willing to compromise and where you are not willing to compromise.
- Don’t get too frustrated on time spent in advance planning things, it will save stress and worry further down the line
- Be clear within your project team on the different roles and responsibilities so people don’t stand on each others toes and duplicate work