What is retrofit?

Retrofit refers to the strategic improvement of existing buildings, so that they are better able to meet modern energy efficiency standards. It can involve installing a new low to zero-emissions heating system in a building or simply adding double glazing, with the common aim of decreasing energy consumption and reducing carbon emission outputs from homes. 

The Scottish Government has set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net zero by 2045. Retrofitting existing buildings to reduce their emission contributions is one way to help reach these targets. Additionally, improving the energy efficiency of existing homes has the added benefit of making them more comfortable and more affordable to heat. 

There are a range of retrofit measures that can be carried out in existing buildings, including tenements. While changing the heating system in a tenement building may be challenging, especially for flats above the ground floor, taking a ‘fabric-first’ approach is more doable.  

A fabric-first approach means focusing on the fabric of the building and seeing what material changes can be made to improve its energy efficiency. This includes things like draught-proofing, double glazing, and internal and external insulation. To find out more about the fabric-first, energy efficiency improvements that you can make to your tenement flat and building, check out this article on our website. 

For advice and support with your heating bills and lowering your energy consumption, check out Home Energy Scotland.

Image by wirestock on Freepik

1920 1080 Under One Roof

Ask for help from our team of tenement experts

Managing and maintaining a tenement building can be difficult. Under One Roof offers a free enquiry service that allows you to ask specific questions relating to your building.

Ask an expert
Privacy policy
Terms of service

Mid ceiling

Below ground level

Your tenement may have a basement, sometimes used for living accommodation or sometimes used for storage, cellars or wash-houses. These buildings will often also have a 'dunny' between the basement…

905 800 Under One Roof

Energy efficiency improvements

Adding insulation and draught-proofing can save money and the planet but in…

2560 1707 Under One Roof

Insulating traditional solid walls

Recent research suggests that traditional solid stone or brick walls provide better…

2560 1707 Under One Roof

Flat roofs

Flat roofs can be found on buildings of all ages. They can…

406 305 Under One Roof

Asphalt flat roofs

On stone tenements, asphalt roofs are found on: 'high backs' - raised backcourt…

406 305 Under One Roof
Start typing
Privacy Preferences

When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in the form of cookies. Here you can change your Privacy preferences. It is worth noting that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we are able to offer.

Our website uses cookies, mainly from 3rd party services. Define your Privacy Preferences and/or agree to our use of cookies.