In the final report from its Regeneration and Retrofit Task Group, the UKGBC says that regeneration projects often focus on large-scale redevelopment works - a practice that is not always viable.
It argues that area-wide deliveries of retrofits can help build sustainable communities and recommends using Community Social Enterprises to represent the needs of communities throughout regeneration projects. It would also like to see the introduction of Local Authority Revolving Funds to provide low interest loans for people to help them revamp their properties.
"Retrofitting existing homes is often viewed as the poor relation in this debate, seen as a quick fix where redevelopment is not possible," says Richard Twinn, Policy Advisor at UKGBC.
"But high quality whole home retrofit can transform the lives of residents and, delivered at scale, can stimulate wide-ranging regeneration of the local area. Retrofit-led regeneration can provide a community-led solution to improving low income areas which focuses on maximising the benefits for local residents."