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Friday, 27 November 2015 12:16

Opinion: Better to insulate 400,000 new homes now rather than as later retrofits

Opinion from the The National Insulation Association: NIA shares its surprise and concerns with the Committee on Climate Change at reports that the Government intends to build 400,000 new homes in the next few years that may have to be retro-fitted with insulation and other energy saving measures to meet the UKs carbon saving targets.

Neil Marshall copyNeil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: "If this proposal goes ahead and new homes are not adequately insulated when built it will mean that these homes will be less energy efficient resulting in the occupants facing much higher energy bills which is a major concern given continued rising energy prices and unnecessary additional costs from retrofitting later.

"Earlier this year government scrapped building standards that would have made new houses zero-carbon from next year, without indicating whether new standards would be forthcoming. In addition it would be a further blow for the home energy efficiency sector where installation rates for existing homes have plummeted as a result of cuts to ECO and the Green Deal and Green Deal Home Improvement fund being ended abruptly without putting in place alternatives.

insulationopinion"On Wednesday the Chancellor also announced further major funding cuts for the future Energy Company Obligation meaning there could a 78% reduction in the number of households that will receive energy efficiency improvements over the next 5 years compared to the previous Parliament. We would therefore urge a rethink in the energy efficiency policy for new homes."

The NIA point out that the Committee on Climate Change published it Fifth Carbon Budget yesterday highlighting that if the UK is to meet its targets by the 2030s, insulation would need to be installed in nearly all UK homes where it is cost-effective.

National Insulation Association
Committee on Climate Change & Fifth Carbon Budget