CPA launches low carbon house refurbishment guide
Published:  10 June, 2010

LONDON: The Construction Products Association today launched a guide to Low Carbon Domestic Refurbishment.

The publication, aimed at builders, planners and specifiers, provides information on refurbishing domestic buildings in a way that improves energy efficiency and is supported by Wolseley and building product manufacturers.

Bill Bolsover chairman of the CPA said; "The UK has a commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050... The real challenge is to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings that exist today, the vast majority of which will continue to exist in 2050."

"To achieve this we will need to undertake some form of refurbishment to every one of our 26 million homes and the products and solutions that this industry will provide are key to delivering this," he said.

The publication focuses on the main elements of the home, floor, walls, windows, roof, heating, and hot water, and has case studies that show the different scale of activity that can be undertaken.

Mr Bolsover said: "Every household in the country will be engaged in this programme at some point over the next 40 years and it is imperative that the work that is undertaken in a cost effective and efficient way, with least inconvenience to those who will invariably continue to live in their properties throughout. It will only be successful if all parties understand what is realistic, at what price, and with what level of disruption, and this publication is an important first step in helping to achieve this."

An electronic copy of the publication can be downloaded from the Association's website,

Sign Up

For the Builders' Merchants News enewsletter.

In the spotlight

We have vacancies all over the UK for those who work within the Building Supplies sector.