Behind Esh Construction’s New Retrofit Division


Esh Construction has launched a new retrofit division to help housing providers decarbonise homes. 

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by Rory ButlerDecember 5, 2022

Esh Retrofit Solutions will carry out works to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes, enabling firms to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) banding of C and above across its stock – a government requirement for all social housing by 2030. 

  • window and door upgrades  
  • installation of secondary glazing 
  • internal/external wall insulation 
  • loft/underfloor/cavity wall insulation 

The Durham firm and Esh Group subsidiary will also install decarbonisation measures, such as air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and solar photovoltaic panels. 

The new division will be overseen by head of Retrofit Solutions, Lisa Stafford, who has 27 years’ experience in the construction industry.   

It follows the announcement of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) by the government in 2019, and its target to reach net zero by 2050. 

This goes hand in hand with the work Esh Group is doing as lead construction partner of the North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT) on Retrofit Training, Digital Skills and MMC, and our commitment to eliminating carbon from our operations by 2040,” wrote Esh Group director of corporate affairs, Darush Dodds. 

Esh Group saw turnover increase by £32 million to £255 million in 2021 despite challenges during the pandemic, one of the largest increases in the firm’s history, posting operating profits of £4 million. 

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