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A home retrofit survey reveals your best next steps for a sustainable home.

We offer impartial advice to homeowners in the South West of England to take the confusion out of energy saving home improvements to make your home more energy efficient to save money and cut carbon.

Many home surveys just skim the surface and rely on things like your home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Futureproof goes much further. As part of our comprehensive survey, we visit your home and talk to you about how you use it so we really understand the best options for your home retrofit project.

We take a ‘whole house approach’, even if you can’t do everything at once. This means that we think about your house as a complete system and consider the effects that all changes might have, such as on moisture levels as well as on energy consumption.

We guide you through your energy efficiency journey from start to finish...

FutureProof Decisions

We help you decide what solutions are best suited to your unique home, lifestyle, goals and budget. And we consider not just your energy bills, but also comfort, aesthetics, heritage and ongoing maintenance. We also advise on what grants and financial support might be available.

FutureProof Guesswork

We help to take the guesswork out of finding a contractor you trust by connecting you with our network of builders and installers with the skills to deliver high-quality home improvements.

FutureProof HighStandard

We ensure work is completed to a high standard, with materials and techniques appropriate to your home.

We provide energy efficiency solutions whatever your home improvement ambitions and budget…

FutureProof EnergySaving

Energy saving measures

We advise how you can combine measures to maximise energy savings, for example, a heat pump and insulation upgrades.

FutureProof Conversions

Extensions and conversions

If you’re planning an extension or conversion we can help you maximise energy savings and reduce your home’s environmental impact.

FutureProof Refurbishments

Whole home refurbishments

If you can implement all recommended improvements at the same time, this can be the most cost-effective approach in the long term.

Or we can help you develop a retrofit roadmap, enabling you to tackle your whole house over a number of years, to achieve your desired outcome.

Explore energy efficiency options with our interactive house

Hover over different parts of the house to explore how to incorporate energy saving measures and crucial considerations for making your project sustainable.

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Existing Ground Floors

Existing ground floors are usually of two types – suspended timber or solid concrete.

Suspended timber floors are vectors for draughts and uninsulated concrete floors provide a thermal bridge – bringing cold into the home. There are a number of ways to reduce these draughts…

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New Ground Floors

It is important to make sure that any new floors (solid or suspended timber) in a house are well insulated to avoid cold air coming into the house and creating draughts…

Read more

Solid Wall Insulation - External & Internal

Most of our older buildings have solid walls – brick or stone, often with a rubble infill. While often attractive, this performs badly compared to modern construction in terms of retaining heat.

The addition of wall insulation can make a huge difference to the energy efficiency of a building while also making the internal environment much more comfortable…

Read more

Windows

Some older buildings will have the original single glazed windows still in place or poorly performing double-glazing that is coming to the end of its useful life.

Replacing them with high performance double or triple glazed windows will make a significant difference both to comfort and heating bills…

Read more

Renewable & Low Carbon Energy Technologies

Renewable energy technologies provide heat or power generated via solar, wind and water.

Low Carbon energy technologies include heat pumps (air, ground or water source) and biomass. Installing a renewable or low carbon energy technology will reduce fossil fuel use, reduce carbon emissions and should help reduce energy costs over time…

Read more

Loft Conversion & Roof Lights

Converting the loft can be a good way to add space to a property, avoiding the need to move and providing value to that property.

There are a number of considerations when planning a loft extension…

Read more

Existing & New roofs

On average uninsulated roofs can lose 25% of heat from a property.

Improving loft insulation is generally an easy and cost effective way of reducing heat loss and saving money…

Read more

Good Practice Detailing at Junctions & Thermal Bridging

Reducing heat loss through retrofitting is all about ensuring works consider interfaces and junctions (ceilings and walls, walls and floors, floors and floors).

Where insulation is added the aim is to ensure a consistent coverage to reduce thermal bridges…

Read more

Ventilation

Ensuring adequate ventilation becomes increasingly important as we make improvements to our homes to make them warmer and airtight.

Improving windows and adding insulation reduces background or ‘uncontrolled’ ventilation, so the need to ensure adequate fresh air, removing stale air and excess moisture from the building becomes more important…

Read more

Lighting

Replacing incandescent and halogen lights for LEDs or compact fluorescents (CFLs) can help save money and reduce energy use…

Read more

Healthy Interiors & Indoor Air Quality

Most of our lives are spent inside, much of it in our own homes, yet few of us question how healthy our homes are for our health.

Many products that we bring into our homes use chemicals that off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) over time, we don’t always ensure fresh air, or regulate the humidity of the air in our homes.…

Read more

Sustainable Water Use

Reducing energy use also includes the consideration of the amount of water used on a daily basis.

The water that comes from our taps is cleaned so that it is drinkable, this uses a large amount of energy to ensure that it is safe. Being aware of our water usage can also reduce our own energy bills and its associated carbon emissions…

Read more

Heating & Hot Water

Space heating averages 63% of household energy bills and hot water accounts for another 23%, the rest is from running appliances, lighting and other electrical needs.

How your hot water and heating needs are met are therefore extremely important in reducing energy costs…

Read more

Cavity Wall Insulation

On houses built between 1920 – 1990 it is likely or probable that cavity wall construction was used, although some may have a combination of solid and cavity walls, on different facades and also at different floor levels!

Generally brick built homes after WW2 were built with cavity walls. Until 1990 these were not generally filled with insulation as a requirement of building regulations…

Read more
Existing Ground Floors

Existing ground floors are usually of two types – suspended timber or solid concrete.

Suspended timber floors are vectors for draughts and uninsulated concrete floors provide a thermal bridge – bringing cold into the home. There are a number of ways to reduce these draughts…

Read more
New Ground Floors

It is important to make sure that any new floors (solid or suspended timber) in a house are well insulated to avoid cold air coming into the house and creating draughts…

Read more
Solid Wall Insulation - External & Internal

Most of our older buildings have solid walls – brick or stone, often with a rubble infill. While often attractive, this performs badly compared to modern construction in terms of retaining heat.

The addition of wall insulation can make a huge difference to the energy efficiency of a building while also making the internal environment much more comfortable…

Read more
Windows

Some older buildings will have the original single glazed windows still in place or poorly performing double-glazing that is coming to the end of its useful life.

Replacing them with high performance double or triple glazed windows will make a significant difference both to comfort and heating bills…

Read more
Renewable & Low Carbon Energy Technologies

Renewable energy technologies provide heat or power generated via solar, wind and water.

Low Carbon energy technologies include heat pumps (air, ground or water source) and biomass. Installing a renewable or low carbon energy technology will reduce fossil fuel use, reduce carbon emissions and should help reduce energy costs over time…

Read more
Loft Conversion & Roof Lights

Converting the loft can be a good way to add space to a property, avoiding the need to move and providing value to that property.

There are a number of considerations when planning a loft extension…

Read more
Existing & New roofs

On average uninsulated roofs can lose 25% of heat from a property.

Improving loft insulation is generally an easy and cost effective way of reducing heat loss and saving money…

Read more
Good Practice Detailing at Junctions & Thermal Bridging

Reducing heat loss through retrofitting is all about ensuring works consider interfaces and junctions (ceilings and walls, walls and floors, floors and floors).

Where insulation is added the aim is to ensure a consistent coverage to reduce thermal bridges…

Read more
Ventilation

Ensuring adequate ventilation becomes increasingly important as we make improvements to our homes to make them warmer and airtight.

Improving windows and adding insulation reduces background or ‘uncontrolled’ ventilation, so the need to ensure adequate fresh air, removing stale air and excess moisture from the building becomes more important…

Read more
Lighting

Replacing incandescent and halogen lights for LEDs or compact fluorescents (CFLs) can help save money and reduce energy use…

Read more
Healthy Interiors & Indoor Air Quality

Most of our lives are spent inside, much of it in our own homes, yet few of us question how healthy our homes are for our health.

Many products that we bring into our homes use chemicals that off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) over time, we don’t always ensure fresh air, or regulate the humidity of the air in our homes.…

Read more
Sustainable Water Use

Reducing energy use also includes the consideration of the amount of water used on a daily basis.

The water that comes from our taps is cleaned so that it is drinkable, this uses a large amount of energy to ensure that it is safe. Being aware of our water usage can also reduce our own energy bills and its associated carbon emissions…

Read more
Heating & Hot Water

Space heating averages 63% of household energy bills and hot water accounts for another 23%, the rest is from running appliances, lighting and other electrical needs.

How your hot water and heating needs are met are therefore extremely important in reducing energy costs…

Read more
Cavity Wall Insulation

On houses built between 1920 – 1990 it is likely or probable that cavity wall construction was used, although some may have a combination of solid and cavity walls, on different facades and also at different floor levels!

Generally brick built homes after WW2 were built with cavity walls. Until 1990 these were not generally filled with insulation as a requirement of building regulations…

Read more

Find out how our retrofit surveys have helped people like you

See what people have done in a home like yours, including their motivations, recommendations and lessons learned along the way. These links open YouTube videos.

“I had wanted to get this project rolling for years but hadn’t known where to start.
The help and referrals from Futureproof finally got things moving.
I’m delighted!”

Householder, Bristol

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