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Picture of a before and after retrofit house

affordability and replicability. The researchers need to engage with programme of dissemination,
new house has been constructed both industry and government including a workshop planned
within acceptable social housing through real world projects. for November in Munich and
costs whilst the retrofit house the Action’s final conference,
costs have been reduced by In its final year Smart-ER which will take place in Cardiff in
around 50% compared to is planning a thorough February 2016. l
previous case studies.
Phillip Jones is a Professor of Architectural Science at the Welsh
The research network has also School of Architecture, Cardiff University. He chairs the Low Carbon
produced a “Smart Energy Research Institute, which is a network of six Wales Universities
Regions2” book, containing representing research interests across the low carbon agenda. The
regional case studies. It is shortly multidisciplinary LCRI aims to support the energy sector, UK, and
to publish books on “Cost and globally, to develop low-carbon generation, storage distribution and
Value”, and “Skills and Training”. end-use technologies and to offer policy advice. Professor Jones
Furthermore, the Action recently also chairs the Welsh Governments Building Regulation Advisory
held a 4-day training school Committee, and he is the chairman of the board of directors of the
in Belgrade on an “Integrated community interest company, Warm Wales, which carries out wide-
Approach for Retrofitting Existing scale energy retrofits in the housing sector.
Dwellings” which was attended by
16 Early Career Investigators. T: +44(0)2920 874079
The outputs from this COST
Action are timely in relation to Disclaimer: The views expressed are purely those of the author
EU policy and the introduction and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official
of new 2030 CO2 emission position of the COST Association.
targets. Governments need to
provide leadership through COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a
action, pushing forward energy pan-European intergovernmental organisation allowing scientists,
codes and regulations, which will engineers and scholars to jointly develop their ideas and initiatives
therefore stimulate technology across all scientific disciplines. It does so by funding science and
innovation. A fresh approach technology networks called COST Actions, which give impetus to
is needed also from industry in research, careers and innovation.
order to tackle the transition to a
low-carbon economy. Ultimately,

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