Building Passports – Good or Bad Idea?

Is a building passport something that sounds good? Getting retrofit right involves sophisticated and expensive strategies, in some cases requiring multiple improvements and interventions. The result is energy use and carbon emissions from buildings that are very substantially reduced, but even after the inherently complex and risky retrofit process, there are across the UK examples of buildings damaged rather than improved, with serious damp and mould, or minimal improvement in energy performance.

‘Building Passports’ are a relatively new idea already gaining support in some European countries. Do we at Coombs think building passports are a good idea for the UK? Yes!