Restoring our world through refurbishment
CoRE is the not for profit, national centre of excellence for green building retrofit.
CoRE’s mission is to transfer practical retrofit knowledge to support excellence in retrofit products and projects across the domestic and non-domestic sectors. Its network of Fellows is the UK’s largest bank of retrofit expertise, drawing together leading practitioners from construction, design and academia. They not only shape the CoRE agenda, but also share their knowledge with the growing number of active retrofitters through events, bespoke training and information sharing.
Based in Stoke-on-Trent, CoRE is itself an example of refurbishment excellence, an international standard conference and training venue situated in a stunning BREEAM Excellent refurbished pottery works – the hub of the UK retrofit industry. An architecturally stunning venue, a living example of low energy refurbishment, and a demonstration and conference centre suitable for a wide range of events. CoRE’s outstanding conferencing facilities host national and international events and industry-focused seminars. Its vast exhibition space provide a showcase for sustainable refurbishment products with demonstration space for ‘house size’ constructions as well as numerous areas where manufacturers’ new products, components and materials can be launched to a highly engaged audience.
CoRE is sponsored by E.ON with additional support from Honeywell, Balfour Beatty and Eric Wright Construction and was funded with support from DCLG, the European Regional Development Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Training is at the heart of CoRE’s success as it helps create a skilled workforce able to meet the changing demands of construction:
It will help create a workforce trained to the highest standards. Many SME’s need formal certification to enable them to bid for local authority or social housing contracts.
CoRE’s demonstration space adds a new dimension to training – with living, working models and exhibitions which can be used to train all types of construction related tradespeople and business owners as well as management level professionals on site.