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Aboshia, A M A, Rahmat, R A, Zain, M F M and Ismail, A (2017) Enhancing mortar strengths by ternary geopolymer binder of metakaolin, slag, and palm ash. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(05), 438–55.

Bergsdal, H, Brattebø, H, Bohne, R A and Müller, D B (2007) Dynamic material flow analysis for Norway's dwelling stock. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 557–70.

Bradley, P E and Kohler, N (2007) Methodology for the survival analysis of urban building stocks. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 529–42.

Buser, M and Carlsson, V (2017) What you see is not what you get: Single-family house renovation and energy retrofit seen through the lens of sociomateriality. Construction Management and Economics, 35(05), 276-87.

Ding, G K C (2007) Life cycle energy assessment of Australian secondary schools. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 487–500.

Dorst, K (2007) Building for the visual age. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 581–3.

Eppler, M J (2007) Toward a visual turn in collaboration analysis?. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 584–7.

Francis, V (2017) What influences professional women's career advancement in construction?. Construction Management and Economics, 35(05), 254-75.

Glew, D, Smith, M B, Miles-Shenton, D and Gorse, C (2017) Assessing the quality of retrofits in solid wall dwellings. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(05), 501–18.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Survey; Policy; Unintended consequences; Retrofit; Domestic energy efficiency; Moisture;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 2398-4708
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-05-2017-0022
  • Abstract:
    The purpose of this paper is to provide a detailed appraisal of the quality of domestic retrofits. Design/methodology/approach This paper presents the results of technical surveys on 51 retrofits undertaken before, during and after the retrofits. Findings Failures are observed to be endemic and characterised into five themes: 72 per cent showed moisture issues pre-retrofit, 68 per cent had moisture risks post-retrofit, 62 per cent did not adopt a whole house approach, 16 per cent showed inadequate quality assurance protocols and 64 per cent showed evidence of insufficient design detailing. Each theme is further subcategorised with a view to identifying implications for future policy. Research limitations/implications The findings suggest the 10 per cent Ofgem retrofit failure rates predictions are an underestimate and so there may be a need for additional investigations to understand the trend across the UK. Practical implications Recommendations to reduce the failure rates may include making changes to the current inspection regime, widening understanding among installers; providing standard repeatable designs for repeated features; and empowering occupants to trigger inspections. Social implications The sample is representative of a substantial proportion of the homes in the UK suggesting that retrofit quality may in many instances be below the required standards. Originality/value Risks of moisture issues and underperformance in domestic retrofit are a concern for government industry and households. This research shows that many installation failures are the result of not implementing existing guidelines and a change to the enforcement of standards may be needed to enact a fundamental change in installer practice and process control.

Goh, E and Loosemore, M (2017) The impacts of industrialization on construction subcontractors: A resource-based view. Construction Management and Economics, 35(05), 288-304.

Lingard, H and Turner, M (2017) Promoting construction workers' health: A multi-level system perspective. Construction Management and Economics, 35(05), 239-53.

Nicolini, D (2007) Studying visual practices in construction. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 576–80.

Nieboer, N (2017) Improving energy performance of Dutch homes: coping with general investment behaviours. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(05), 488–500.

Oladokun, V O, Proverbs, D G and Lamond, J (2017) Measuring flood resilience: a fuzzy logic approach. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(05), 470–87.

Oliver, G (2007) Erosion of drawing as a thinking and collaborative tool. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 571–5.

Stenberg, A-C (2007) Green ideas travelling across organizational boundaries. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 501–13.

Swan, W, Fitton, R, Smith, L, Abbott, C and Smith, L (2017) Adoption of sustainable retrofit in UK social housing 2010-2015. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(05), 456–69.

Torrington, J (2007) Evaluating quality of life in residential care buildings. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 514–28.

Van Bueren, E and De Jong, J (2007) Establishing sustainability: policy successes and failures. Building Research & Information, 35(05), 543–56.