Guidance and Installation

Deciding to install a retrofit measure on your home is a big decision, with significant possible benefits. However, to access these benefits, it’s important to ensure your installation is carried out within planning regulations and policies, as well as safely and to a high standard. On this page you can find relevant guides and resources, as well as information on energy efficiency contractors and installation protections. We expect to share information on planning and building control very soon.

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We have a variety of resources to support home energy improvements. This includes information on the entire retrofit process and other trusted sources to access.

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A guide to retrofitting your home

We have created a guide to give practical advice for homeowners, landlords, and renters on how to retrofit your home. From low and no-cost measures, through to a more fundamental deep retrofit.

Energy Efficiency Booklet

Our Energy Efficiency Booklet provides further information about domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. It also contains details of available sources of funding to help you reduce your carbon footprint.

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Other resources for advice

There is lots of general advice and guidance also available from a range of trusted organisations. We have included the links to some of these below:

The UK Government has lots of information on ways to save money on your energy bills and you can explore what would be suitable for your home on their Energy Efficiency web pages:

The Energy Saving Trust can help you to understand how you could generate your own renewable electricity at home, find ways to save energy and find energy efficient products:

Cambridge Carbon Footprint is a local group who work to support people in moving to low carbon living. They have teamed up with Cambridge City Council, and the Action on Energy Council Partnership, to share local examples of “Eco-Homes” and give our residents inspiration and ideas to save energy in their own homes.

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Contractor and Installation Guidance

Understanding who to work with on your installation is an essential part of the retrofit journey. To learn more about who may be able to carry out an installation and what installation protections you should look out for, we have produced the following guidance:

Our Approved Energy Efficiency Contractors

Finding a contractor to undertake any kind of work to your home can be daunting. Many of our residents have told us that they don’t know where to go to find suitably qualified companies to deliver energy efficiency improvements.

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Installation Protections

It is important to look for the following standards and accreditations to ensure that any installation works are completed safely, well and to required standards.

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    30 November, 2023