Housing industry must get to grips with energy efficiency measures

Published:  10 March, 2010

The Energy Saving Trust is highlighting that in order to meet the Government's home refurbishment target of 7 million homes, 13 400 homes a week will need to have whole house makeovers by 2020.

This refurbishment work would consist of upgrading the basic insulation of a home, and then adding other measures such as water efficiency measures, advanced insulation or microgeneration.

The Trust launched its new Sustainable Refurbishment guide at Ecobuild which aims to assist the housing industry to take a whole house approach to upgrading the energy performance of existing homes.

The guide shows how to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from a range of different homes: applying home improvements that go well beyond those required in current building regulations.

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