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Published on March 16th, 2023
There are a multitude of roles when it comes retrofitting a house, be it electricians, plumbers, retrofit assessors and construction workers. Here we look at the retrofit coordinator, and why this is such an important role to a smooth home upgrade.
The PAS 2035 framework was created to add structure and accountability to a retrofit project. It was borne out of an unregulated system which often left projects poorly managed and undertaken. With it, 5 roles which each have responsibility for a different part of the retrofit process, were created.
Understandably this can make things seem more complicated than you might have thought, so we wanted to break down what each role does.
Here, we take a closer look at the Retrofit Coordinator.
To fully understand what your home needs you can start by booking a home assessment with one of our accredited surveyors.
A retrofit coordinator holds accountability for making sure that a retrofit project runs smoothly.
They will have worked in retrofit or other energy efficiency projects for a number of years to give them the relevant experience for the job.
Utilising the information provided by the retrofit assessor, they will build an appropriate plan for how the project should proceed. They need to have a deep understanding of energy efficiency measures, compliance and building codes - there’s a lot of knowledge to bear in mind to ensure the whole house is considered.
They will also be responsible for the budget required to see the project through to completion, making adjustments - and look after all the contractors hired to undertake the work. It’s their job to keep the contractors informed with whole-project requirements and support them with any advice they may need. They will also manage the schedule for the contractors, and resolve any issues that arise.
As the project proceeds, they’ll be the main point of communication, and will need to ensure
that all stakeholders, but especially their client (the building owners), are kept up to date with the latest information from the project.
Finally, they’ll be the person who has final confirmation that the project is compliant with the PAS2035 standards. Once the project is completed, they will run a ‘post-occupancy evaluation’ to check everything is functioning as expected, that the project ran as intended and to collate and report any learnings that would be useful for future projects
Yes, PAS 2035 requires that all domestic retrofit projects include a Retrofit Coordinator. Their job is possibly the most critical within the retrofit process.
To carry out this integral role, it is necessary for Retrofit Coordinators to attain the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.
If you’d like to speak to someone about your retrofit renovation we’re here to answer any questions you have and help you plan your own retrofit project.