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16 Apr 2009 04:04:02

Greening existing British homes is a massive undertaking

Greening existing British homes is a massive undertaking
Britain must improve the energy efficiency of millions of its residential buildings that will still be occupied in 2050, it has been suggested.

According to a joint publication from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), 27 percent of UK carbon emissions currently come from domestic buildings.

That equates to twice as much annual CO2 output as is produced by commercial and public buildings and five times the amount created by industrial structures.

While the government plans for all new homes to be carbon-free by 2016, the report suggested that existing residential properties will need to be "radically refurbished" if Britain is to meet its emissions targets by the midpoint of the century.

It was published to coincide with calls from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee for the government to make retrofitting existing buildings a priority of its £535 million green stimulus package.

The University of Loughborough's Professor Kevin Lomas, who worked on the report, warned: "To complete the task in 40 years we would need to refurbish an entire city the size of Cambridge every month."

In total, the ESRC estimates that buildings account for 45 percent of the UK's energy usage; as much as the transportation and manufacturing sectors combined.



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ArcArt wrote:

18 Apr 2009

The recent Ecovacuum project conducted in Brussels has suggested new targets in energy saving that cleaner manufacturers will be expected to meet.
However the Government have still failed to take an interest in a project that can save over 75 % of the power used by Vacuum Cleaners.
It is Air Recycling Technology and can make a 250 Watt cleaner work as efficiently as a 1,400. watt vacuum cleaner; this was the result of tests conducted for the Market Transformation Program.

Air Recycling Technology can save 1.5 Terawatt of electricity each year in the UK alone that is about £225,000,000. worth of electricity at 15p a unit and 650,000 Tons of CO2. Emissions Annually. Imagine the amount of power that could be saved if Air Recycling Cleaners where used World Wide.

Benjamin Edginton

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