In their recent article, Deakin, et al. (2012a:1) review an attempt to sustain community development by what has been termed: ‘‘an active and integrated institutional arrangement’’. That is, by the integration of a mass retrofit proposal into an urban regeneration strategy, which has the vision, master-plan, programme of renewal and redevelopment scheme capable of transforming into an energy efficient-low carbon zone.”
The findings of this review have now come to the attention of a Community Energy Company and theChief Executive of this organisation has asked your consultancy to report on the following:
• How the integration of a mass retrofit proposal into an urban regeneration strategy, with a supporting vision, master-plan, programme of renewal and redevelopment scheme, can reduce the underlying levels of energy consumption and carbon emission;
• What levels of energy savings and carbon reduction can be achieved by under-griddingenergy efficient-low carbon zones with smart (micro) grids;
• Why in assessing the environmental and economic sustainability of such redevelopments, it is important to establish the social baseline for any evaluation of the energy savings and carbon reductions;
• Whether the programme of renewal underlying the master-plan and vision of urban regeneration, can support the strategy’s proposal that no one affected by the retrofit shall be made “worse-off” by the “energy efficient-low carbon zone”, which such redevelopments clear the way for.
Present your report to the Chief Executive of the Green Investment Bank in the form of a research brief on the “Potential of Mass Retrofit Proposals”,