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CMS Innovation Hub proves perfect fit for Retrofit Conference

15 Feb 2017

Sustainability conscious window and door designer, manufacturer and installer, CMS Window Systems, was proud to play host to Impact Engagement’s conference ‘The Future of Retrofit 2017’ in February, at its own sustainably retrofitted event space.

In addition to hosting the event at the CMS Innovation Hub, a venue which actively demonstrates the effects of retrofitting on a building’s energy efficiency and sustainability, CMS team members, Anna West and Sarah Wilson delivered a talk about sustainability within the retrofitting supply chain and highlighted a case study about Fife Council owned Broomhead Flats in Dunfermline, a recent £5m retrofitting success story.

The Future of Retrofit conference came hot on the heels of recent pledges made by the Scottish Government to prioritise improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s buildings. The value of the opportunity for the retrofit sector is estimated at £300 million, which is anticipated to generate up to £30 million in energy and other associated savings per year.

The day’s panel discussed opportunities, progress, difficulties and next steps in improving energy efficiency in Scotland’s housing stock, with speakers including Anna Kynaston of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Unit of the Scottish Government’s Energy Division, and Moses Jenkins from Historic Scotland.

CMS Managing Director, Andy Kerr, said: “At CMS, our greatest overarching aim is to deliver best value products and services which have minimal negative impact on the environment. Retrofitting is a significant part of the company’s work, and we were very pleased to host and participate in the discussions of current issues surrounding retrofit in Scotland.”

Based at Castlecary near Glasgow, CMS’s closing-the-loop ethos is underpinned by a product range that offers practical energy saving and longevity benefits. These are showcased in its Innovation Hub, which until recently was a disused warehouse facing demolition, with the lowest G-rating for energy efficiency. After being retrofitted with external ‘stone wool’ insulation blocks, highly thermal efficient windows and a VRF Intelligent Heat Recovery air source heat pump system, which recovers heat from one area of the building and transfers it to another, it now has an A-rating for energy efficiency – a shining example of a sustainability-led retrofit project in use.

The Future of Retrofit conference took place on February 7th 2017 at the CMS Window Systems Innovation Hub, Cumbernauld.

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