A Greater Manchester network of organisations is launching an innovative online ‘Pattern Book’ tool to help piece together best practice solutions for retrofitting buildings.
With the large array of construction technologies and methods in the retrofit sector, piecing together the most effective solutions for an equally diverse range of building types can often prove difficult.
To address this issue, the Greater Manchester Retrofit Innovation Network – a collaboration between local business, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the University of Salford – ran a number of events during 2014 as part of Greater Manchester’s Green Deal Communities programme.
The events brought together experts in community engagement, retrofit design and supply chain development to support both top-down and bottom-up approaches to housing retrofit.
As a result, Manchester-based company, Red Co-operative Ltd, has now launched a new online tool to share best practice.
Pattern Book aims to share and expand on the knowledge and experience from all parts of the supply chain to promote improvements in industry performance, reduce errors, and accelerate innovation and efficiency enhancements.
Users will be able to comment online and share the depth of knowledge they have for approaching the array of situations that arise in the retrofit sector. They will also be able to look up specific measures or techniques for different aspects of a project – such as dealing with cold bridging at eaves where external wall insulation has been installed – or research multiple measures and save them to create whole retrofit projects for particular buildings.
Call for involvement
The creators of Pattern Book are now in the process of developing the interactive functionality that will allow users to upload, share and comment on the techniques and measures used in the industry and are calling for companies in the retrofit supply chain to take part.
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