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Housing stock needs retrofit 11 October 2018

UK’s housing stock ‘needs massive retrofit to meet climate targets’ (via The Guardian)

Housing

By Fiona Harvey

Hundreds of millions of pounds must be spent on the UK’s draughty housing stock to meet the government’s climate change targets, with progress so far too slow to make the difference needed.

Repairing existing homes to a high standard, with insulation and renewable energy technology, would cut consumer bills and bring health improvements, a new report shows.

Domestic housing accounts for about a fifth of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from heating and hot water. But attempts to bring these down have largely failed, prompting renewed calls from experts for a national programme of home improvement that would make dwellings low–carbon for the next 30 years.

New research by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Nottingham Trent University has found that meeting government targets of 80% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by mid–century would require sweeping policy change.

“A national programme for a one–off deep retrofit [of all residential property] is needed,” said Marjan Sarshar, professor of sustainability and the built environment at Nottingham Trent University. “Costs will come down as we build up the supply chain capacity.”

Read more via The Guardian…