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Housing Condition Survey Series: Retrofits

Brief:  Carry out RICS Level 3 building surveys for a company installing energy efficiency measures in Yorkshire.

Property: Over 60 period houses.

Instructed by: Retrofit consultants.

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Project specification

  • To comply with Path C of the PAS2035 Retrofit Risk Pathways, our client needed RICS Level 3 surveys for more than 60 houses over a period of 3 months.
  • They had been asked to install energy efficiency measures in these properties as part of a government funded scheme.
  • These houses required surveys because they were:
    • listed;
    • in a conservation area;
    • or in need of 5 or more retrofit measures.
  • The surveys were in accordance with the RICS Home Survey Standard, Level 3. 
housing stock survey

Key points

  • The client required a fast turnaround, so that our client could maximise the number of surveys that could be carried out while the funding was still available.
  • At the same time, we had to make sure they were getting an in-depth reporting of any structural issues.
  • One of the key challenges with this project was obtaining access.
    • Often, several months had elapsed between the energy company briefing the resident on the process, and our receipt of the survey instruction.
    • Our administration team spent time getting to know the requirements of the process so that they could explain these to residents; this was vital for obtaining timely access to the properties.

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