Over 13,000 homes a week need refurbishment to hit CO2 targets

As the government today announced details of its Green Deal, the Energy Saving Trust has estimated that more than 13,000 homes need to be refurbished every week to meet the […]

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By Kelvin Ross

As the government today announced details of its Green Deal, the Energy Saving Trust has estimated that more than 13,000 homes need to be refurbished every week to meet the UK’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% in 2050.

A major change in the pace of housing refurbishment is going to be needed to achieve this target, said the EST. One key problem, it said, is the absence of the comprehensive information and guidance that professionals need if they are to refurbish homes to high sustainability standards.

Now the trust is launching a new National Refurbishment Centre to meet this challenge. The centre is supported by a wide range of prominent industry partners and is gathering data from hundreds of refurbishment projects all over the country, as well as the latest research data and opinions from stakeholders throughout the industry. The aim is to make readily accessible the information and guidance needed by housing providers, refurbishment professionals and investors.

The information on retrofit techniques, technologies, products and costs of actual refurbishment projects will be available to the industry through a dedicated website – www.rethinkingrefurbishment.com, due to be launched next spring.