Retrofit Brum – FAQs

What does retrofitting mean?

The term ‘retrofitting’ is used to describe improvements and installation works to improve a home’s energy efficiency performance which can help to reduce fuel bills and create a more comfortable and healthier home.

What improvements will I receive?

This will depend upon how the local authority have assessed the energy performance of your home, each home has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. Improvements could include things like:

  • External wall insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Solar Panels
  • Draught Proofing.

Why are the local authority retrofitting my home?

This is because your home has been assessed as being a low performance energy home. This means that it has a certificate which is either grade D, E or F. Your local authority will also be retrofitting some home that have been rated a low grade C.

How will it improve my home – what are the benefits?

Greater comfort, potential savings on energy consumption, reduced exposure to cold, damp and poor indoor air quality.

Do I have a say in this?

Yes – ARK and Birmingham City Council want to partner with residents, tenant groups and local community organisations ensuring that you have an opportunityto know what is happening, when and where and to influence future tenant and resident engagement activity as the retrofit project moves to other areas across the city.


Please note: We will be regularly updating our Frequently Asked Questions .