02 Feb 2009 06:02:13
£10m competition for energy efficiency announced
A £10 million competition to develop innovative energy efficiency solutions has been announced by prime minister Gordon Brown.
The competition, which will launch in March, is designed to provide support for developers of technologies that will make existing housing stock more energy efficient.
It follows recommendations from the Committee for Climate Change that tackling energy use in houses which have already been built will be essential if carbon emissions and renewable energy targets are to be met.
As part of the Technology Strategy Board's (TSB) Retrofit for the Future competition suppliers will bid to design and install energy efficiency measures on at least 50 existing homes owned by social housing providers.
The demonstration homes' energy performance will then be monitored.
Richard Miller, low impact buildings innovation platform leader with the TSB, said: "We have to act now to meet this challenge. The UK has a target for an 80 per cent cut in carbon emissions from buildings by 2050 - yet well over half of the homes we will be living in by then already exist today.
"Current technology does not have all the answers. This demonstration programme will encourage and support companies large and small, giving them fully-funded contracts to develop innovative solutions which can dramatically increase the environmental performance of our existing homes."http://www.innovateuk.org/