The process of retrofitting your deteriorating buildings with UBI Shell


March 6, 2024

In the UK, deteriorating buildings are a growing concern due to ageing infrastructure, environmental stressors such as increased rainfall and flooding, and the urgent need for energy efficiency to combat rising heating costs and carbon footprints. UBI Shell emerges as a pioneering solution offering an alternative to traditional construction methods. With its emphasis on cost and energy efficiency, UBI Shell rejuvenates outdated structures to meet today’s sustainability and resilience criteria. In this article, we will explore the distinctive retrofitting process offered by UBI Shell and the transformative outcomes of upgrading your building with this innovative solution.

Step-by-step process

On-site survey

The first step in the UBI Shell retrofitting process is the on-site survey. Our team conducts a thorough inspection of the building, assessing its current state and gathering requirements for the retrofit, including specific needs for portals, facade, colour preferences, and more. This phase typically takes 1 day , after which we provide a detailed quote within 24-48 hours. This prompt and precise approach ensures that we understand the unique aspects of your building and can tailor our solution to meet those needs effectively.

Designing and Structural Calculations 

Upon agreement, the next phase is designing and concepting. Our team submits designs, concepts, and calculations tailored to your building’s specifics. This collaborative step involves your input and approval, ensuring the final product not only meets our high standards but also aligns with your vision and requirements. By adopting a standardized custom-fit solution, we ensure the retrofit not only meets practical needs but also complements the building’s aesthetics and preserves its historic integrity.


Manufacturing is where your custom solution comes to life. Based on the approved designs, we laser cut and fold the panels specifically for your needs, ensuring precision and quality. A whole building can be manufactured within 1 to 2 weeks.


The delivery and assembly of the panels on-site is the final stage of the project. The panels are fixed together seamlessly, a process that requires no heavy machinery or lifting apparatus and is completed within just 2 days. This efficiency minimises disruption and expedites the transformation of your building, making UBI Shell not only innovative in design but also in implementation.

Benefits of retrofitting with UBI Shell

  • Cost Efficiency of 93%: Retrofitting with UBI Shell dramatically reduces costs compared to traditional construction methods. This high level of cost efficiency makes it an economically viable option for property owners looking to upgrade their buildings without the financial burden typically associated with renovations.
  • Energy Efficiency with an EPC Rating of B: Buildings retrofitted with UBI Shell achieve an EPC rating of B, indicating a significant improvement in energy efficiency. This 97% increase in efficiency can substantially lower energy bills and contribute to a more sustainable environment by reducing the building’s carbon footprint.
  • Lead Time of Just 6 Weeks: The entire retrofitting process from start to finish takes only 6 weeks. This rapid turnaround time ensures minimal disruption to your business, which is especially beneficial for commercial properties.
  • Assembly in 2 Days: The innovative design of UBI Shell allows for the assembly of panels on-site in just 2 days. This swift installation process is not only time-efficient but also reduces the need for extensive labor and heavy machinery, lowering the potential for onsite accidents and noise, and further contributing to cost savings.
  • Environmentally-Friendly Solution: The retrofitting process with UBI Shell significantly enhances the building’s energy efficiency, steering it towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly operation. By optimizing energy use and reducing carbon emissions, UBI Shell supports property owners in achieving their green building and sustainability goals, contributing to a healthier planet.
  • Resilience to Extreme Weather Conditions: UBI Shell buildings are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain and fire. This resilience ensures the longevity of the building and protects the interior of the building.


UBI Shell presents a transformative solution for retrofitting deteriorating buildings, blending cost-efficiency, energy conservation, and rapid implementation with an environmentally friendly approach. By choosing UBI Shell, property owners not only revitalize their buildings to meet contemporary standards of sustainability and resilience but also contribute to the broader goal of reducing environmental impact. This innovative method offers a practical, aesthetically pleasing, and sustainable path forward for the future of construction and building renovation, ensuring buildings are not just fit for today but prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

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