CoRE is the not for profit, national centre of excellence for low energy 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. 
CoRE’s 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 (?? TBC) refurbished pottery works – the hub of the UK retrofit industry.
CoRE provides 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 is sponsored by E.ON with additional support from Honeywell, Balfour Beatty and Eric Wright Construction.
The CoRE refurbishment programme was funded with support from DCLG, the European Regional Development Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

CoRE’s Aims

CoRE aims to support the retrofit sector by working collaboratively:

  • To establish and share best practice in retrofit
  • To support the building of a reliable evidence and knowledge base
  • To inform better policy making, strategic planning and long-term business decisions
  • To signpost members to other organisations who provide complimentary services and support

CoRE’s Activities

CoRE delivers upon its aims through the following activities:

Establishing Best Practice

  • Coordinating a CoRE Fellowship of retrofit professionals who act as Knowledge Experts in specialist areas
  • Working with Fellows to develop best practice approaches and technique

Sharing Best Practice

  • Developing and delivering accredited training programmes delivering best practice guidance across the UK
  • Delivering a high quality annual Retrofit Live conference dedicated to best practice in domestic refurbishment
  • Publishing a quarterly e-journal dedicated to best practice, research and innovation

Supporting the Building of a Reliable Evidence Base

  • Working with the industry, universities, and practitioners to capture reliable data
  • Ensuring this data feeds in to the best practice guidance offered by CoRE
  • Identifying and supporting “Knowledge Experts” to develop evidence and establish best practice in priority areas
  • Providing support to pioneers by providing dissemination routes via a website, our e-journal, creating case studies and facilitating events.

Informing Policy Making and Strategic Planning

  • Responding to consultations and calls for evidence
  • Publishing White Papers, contributing to debates and industry press
  • Making evidence and guidance freely available to industry and government
  • Sharing best practice freely and openly, first with members and then more widely

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