ACE criticises DECC loft insulation claims
Published:  09 July, 2012

UK: DECC's claim that all lofts had been or were soon to be insulated has raised the wrath of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) because the figures cited are misleading.

DECC's report uses outdated housing stock data from 2002-2004, said ACE. "Mr Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change's comments that the Government  is 'on the verge of declaring victory in filling treatable lofts'...and that it now anticipates that at the end of the year, 'only 1% of treatable lofts in the UK will remain to be filled...' is very deceptive", said ACE.

"According to the latest figures released last month by the Minister's own department, only 62% of homes have received sufficient loft insulation," ACE explained.

"Mr Barker's department's view is that homes with less than 125mm of loft insulation could 'expect to see significant improvements in energy-efficiency from a top-up'," said ACE.

DECC's figures show that 8.9 million homes in Britain could currently see significant improvements in energy-efficiency through additional loft insulation. "In the industry's view however, by the end of this year, the figure might fall to between 6.8 and 7.5 million, meaning that 30-32% of treatable lofts will still remain to be filled.

"Whichever way you look at it, there can be no justification for asserting that in 2013 '1% of treatable lofts in the UK will remain to be filled'," said ACE.

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