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Shadow and aid in adapting houses to increase their energy efficiency rating

Retrofitting homes to improve energy efficiency

This project focuses on the process of installing energy efficiency measures on a domestic property to achieve the EPC rating C.

The intern will shadow Bernicia’s Retrofit Team and Environmental Sustainability officer to gain insight in the process of retrofitting a domestic property start to finish. This will include understanding property data, such as EPCs, renewable technologies, such as Solar Panels and Air Source Heat Pumps, and the overall retrofit installation.

The intern will follow a Bernicia property from the beginning of the process to the completed retrofitted home. They will investigate why the energy efficiency measures have been chosen, how the technology works and what will be the overall benefits to this work being completed. The intern will have the opportunity to work with external contractors and visit site to learn about the process and technologies in person.

The intern should create a case study process map of how to take the example property to an energy efficiency rating C.


Key skills and interests

  • Communication
  • Renewable technologies
  • Knowledge of Net Zero/ Decarbonisation
  • Teamwork
  • Engineering


Host company information

Bernicia Group is a social housing provider which manages around 13,000 properties across the North East. Within our Corporate Strategy 2022-26 we have set the ambitious target of achieving an energy efficiency rating of SAP C for the significant majority of our homes by 2025/26, some five years ahead of the government’s target. To support and guide our commitment to the environment we have developed a 3-year Environmental Strategic Plan to guide our efforts towards our key targets, which have been set against our objectives. We aim to improve the Energy Efficiency of our tenants’ homes where practical, cost-effective, and affordable. Overall, the journey towards SAP C and Net Zero are pivotal aspects that orientate our environmental decisions.

Address: Ashwood Business Park, Oakwood Way, Ashington NE63 0XF
Key contact: Poppy Atterton

Visit Bernicia Group for more information on the company.

CREST Awards

This project has been designed to help students achieve a GOLD CREST Award. Download the CREST project guide to help you.

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