Through the two-year programme, academic experts at Leeds Beckett Universitys Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI) and Leeds Business School will support ARC in setting up a specialised new product development department within the business to invent and bring new products to both the retrofit and new-build housing markets.\nThe pilot project will be the Retrofit Eaves Insulator (REI), invented and patented by Dr Brooke-Peat and co-inventor Professor Christopher Gorse, which will allow homeowners to make their dwellings more energy efficient and cost effective.\nDr Brooke-Peat, Architectural Technology Course Director at Leeds Beckett, explained: A problem area for insulating existing buildings is at the eaves the junction between the external walls and roof which can result in high rates of heat loss. We have seen this in research projects in the LSI and have needed to find a solution to this energy efficiency problem for a long time.\nA large market opening up currently is the retrofit market thermally upgrading a building; which could be just the loft or the full house, including the walls. The eaves need to be insulated as part of this process and, where the roof covering is already fitted, this is a tight space. We needed to invent an insulation product that could resolve the problem and be fitted easily in a confined space with restricted access.\nThe patent has now been licensed by Leeds Beckett University to ARC with funding of 161,000 through the Governments Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme to support the development of the REI and a whole new product development department for ARC.\nARC are a specialist manufacturer of cavity fire barriers and cavity closers, based in Leeds. The KTP aims to help ARC to grow in the thermal product market and break into the retrofit market allowing them to grow, innovate, expand and increase profits.