CLC publishes retrofit competence framework

A house with solar panels fitted to the roof. The Construction Leadership Council has published a report setting a competency framework for domestic retrofitting in the UK.
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The Construction Leadership Council has published a report setting out a framework for defining competence in the UK domestic retrofit sector.

The 64-page document presents a framework of the core overarching knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver effective retrofit of homes at scale, both in retrofit-specific roles and associated roles in the industry.

The report identifies a series of ‘statements’ divided into two groups that identify individual competencies. These are core transferable and overarching technical.

CLC said the competence statements can be used to support the development of competence frameworks for specific occupations involved in retrofit work.

They are also intended to support the development of training and education for the future workforce, both in training new entrants and upskilling the existing labour pool.

Defining competence in retrofit

CLC said the report aims to “provide a consistent and clear definition of the cross-cutting, overarching competencies required for individuals working across the whole retrofit process”.

It continued: “These statements can be used to support the update and development of competency frameworks and occupational standards for retrofit-related roles, as well as to evaluate and update content for training courses and qualifications.”

The competence statements identified in the report are:

Core transferable competencies
Overarching technical competencies
Retrofit advocacy
Regulatory landscape
Client needs and advice
Commitment to excellence
Property assessment
Continuous improvement
Technology and design
Coordination and integration
Evaluation and monitoring

The UK has more than 28 million homes, most of which will need retrofitting to meet the country’s legally-binding target of becoming net zero by 2050.

According to the CLC, the amount of retrofit work happening currently will not meet this target.

Eddie Tuttle, director of policy, external affairs and research at the Chartered Insitute of Building, welcomed the framework. He said: “We are fully supportive of the CLC’s calls for a national retrofit strategy and the development of competent people to deliver it.

"Retrofit work needs to be planned and undertaken by competent professionals and trade specialists to ensure improved household energy efficiency and trust in the industry to deliver on quality.”

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