Retrofit Bruton and Cary

Largely funded by a grant from Somerset County Council’s Climate Emergency Community fund, and delivered by Bruton Town Council, Retrofit Bruton and Cary is a partnership between Bruton Town Council, the Centre for Sustainable Energy, One Planet Bruton and Greener Cary.

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Justine Mallinson, Retrofit assessor / coordinator

Regretably, Justine has now left Bruton Town Council’s employment. We are making arrangements to ensure that we can continue to offer home assessments and retrofit plans.

I have been employed in the Energy Efficiency industry for the last 14 years. Initially I trained as a Home Inspector, so have a background in building pathology. I gained an MSc at the Graduate School of the Environment in Sustainability and Adaptation Planning in the Built Environment. I am a qualified and accredited Domestic Energy Assessor, Retrofit Assessor and Retrofit Coordinator under the PAS2035 standards, and am registered with the TrustMark Quality Scheme. My employment history includes working for multiple Local Authorities on their social housing stock, and I have joined Bruton from Severn Wye Energy Agency where I specialised in retrofit and trouble-shooting energy and damp issues in private households.

Reducing energy consumption is not just about installing insulation or solar panels. Damp houses use more energy, and an element of my role will be to investigate damp issues and give you the information to overcome these, and to ensure that recommended energy efficiency measures do not exacerbate any problems. Draughty houses also leak energy, and so a strategy encompassing this is also a component of my work.

I champion holistic retrofitting, using low carbon sustainable materials to provide energy efficient homes without further damaging the environment, the aesthetic heritage of our neighbourhoods or the fabric of our homes.  I am impassioned about educating and engaging communities and individuals about retrofitting to understand and tackle the work needed.

Tom McGauran, Retrofit project officer

I have been working in the commercial LED lighting and energy efficiency sector for the last 15 years. I am an elected member for the Society of Light and Lighting and a CIBSE member. 

I have always been interested in sustainability and saving energy, and have helped save many thousands of tonnes of CO2 through designing and retrofitting lighting installations and installing energy monitors for businesses. 

With energy prices continuing to rise, I’m looking forward to helping Bruton and the surrounding parishes become as energy efficient as possible.

I have undertaken training as a domestic energy assessor and hope to be able to train as a retrofit assessor shortly.