12 Feb 2009 05:02:05
Energy efficiency planned for every house in every street
Finance packages for installing energy efficiency measures are to be linked to properties rather than individuals under proposals to make all UK homes near zero-carbon.
As part of the "Great British refurb", announced by energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband today, all UK homes will receive a whole-house energy makeover by 2030.
The programme will start by supporting the insulation of all suitable homes by 2015, by which time the government expects a programme of installing a raft of measures to improve overall energy efficiency in 400,000 households a year.
"We need to move from incremental steps forward on household energy efficiency to a comprehensive national plan - the Great British refurb," said Mr Miliband.
"Every home must be able to access the help and technology it needs, whether it be the installation of a ground or air source heat pump, solar-heating, solid wall insulation, or access to a district heating scheme."
He added that the plan was to help households meet the costs and ensure that low-income families could also upgrade their homes.
Domestic finance for the project is to be made possible by linking loans for energy efficiency measures and low-carbon heat and energy sources to the property.
Incentives for renewable electricity installation will also be provided in the form of feed-in tariffs, for small scale electricity, and for renewable heat through the Renewable Heat Incentive which will support all scales of generation.
By 2016 all new homes will have to be zero-carbon. A consultation is being carried out to establish what it takes for a building to be considered zero-carbon.
Various reports, including by the Committee on Climate Change, had established the importance of making the existing housing stock more energy efficient as the majority of homes which will be occupied in 2050 have already been built.https://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.asp?NewsAreaID=2&Re...