- The Framework for Sustainable Development sets a target for retrofitting up to one
million homes, commercial and public buildings by 2020.
- In 2009, the Irish Government introduced a National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2009 –
2020. The Plan sets out measures to achieve our 2020 energy targets of: 20% reduction in
CO2 emissions, 20% of final energy consumption to come from renewable sources, and a
20% improvement in energy efficiency.
- In 2011, the Government announced a new National Energy Retrofit Programme which
put in place energy demand reduction targets to be achieved by energy suppliers and
energy services providers. The goal is to upgrade one million buildings to a minimum C1
building energy rating by 2020.
Retrofit refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems to improve energy efficiencies (EPA; SEAI). In the Green Economy, green retrofits refer to retrofitting or making existing buildings and facilities greener to ensure improved energy and water efficiency and sustainability. Besides retrofitting buildings, the green economy also includes retrofitting existing products and process improvements that result in efficiency and positive environmental impacts.
The least costly and most efficient way to go “green” is to retrofit existing systems and processes to utilise existing resources more efficiently. A green retrofit or renovation of an existing commercial asset can be as simple as installing new heating, ventilating components, mounting solar panels on a roof, or placing a bike rack outside the building. Many times, though, a retrofit involves multiple complex renovations on both the building’s interior and exterior. Retrofit and Refit mean the same thing.
Refit: Like retrofit, a green refit means fitting some entity with energy-saving measures like insulation, more efficient boilers, draught proofing and electricity producing solar panels. Effectively, a green business refit involves the refurbishment of an existing asset (e.g. a building) into an energy and resource efficient one. Its definition and meaning is very similar to ‘retrofit’.
Refitting a building generally just means replacing parts of the internal or external structure – anything from rotten window frames to a complete interior redesign, including carpets, a sink or
bath unit, a shower cubicle, or a downstairs toilet
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