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Technology tested at Ravenscraig

App launch is step towards more fuel-efficient homes

BRETechnology is enabling landlords and housebuilders to calculate the cost of refurbishing and running a home.

An app has been launched by experts at Building Research Establishment  (BRE) which will help reduce energy waste and fuel poverty.

The RetrofitLab app was unveiled by deputy First Minister John Swinney at the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig where technologists have spent months monitoring the “refurbished house”.

Together with Edinburgh Napier University and Historic Scotland and constructed by Cruden Buildings and Renewals, home a re-creation of the “four in a block” model, of which there are more than 250,000 in Scotland.

Dr David Kelly, group director BRE Innovation Park Networks, said the app was a step towards improving efficiency in a dwelling.

Allan Callaghan, managing director of Cruden, said: “Energy-inefficient housing and fuel poverty are big issues in Scotland and are linked to poor physical and mental health. The RetrofitLab App will help tackle this problem by making it easy for social landlords to see the benefits of refurbishing their poorly-performing housing within just a couple of minutes.”

 Mr Swinney added: “Ultimately, this should encourage the creation of more energy efficient homes and benefit tenants living in the properties, for example by reducing their fuel and energy costs, improving the quality of their home and having a positive effect on their health and wellbeing.”

Photo (left to right): Allan Callaghan of Cruden, John Swinney, and Rufus Logan of BRE

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