26 Feb 2010 09:02:03
Govt launches retrofit test run across UK
Social housing developments across the UK will become test-beds for the latest retrofitting technologies.
The government announced the £17 million venture yesterday (February 25th), which will see housing developments retrofitted with features such as intelligent heating, heat recovery and insulation upgrades.
"Retrofit for the Future" initially involved over 190 organisations, which received up to £20,000 each to develop proposals for energy-saving measures. Out of these, 87 applications were accepted for what will be the largest scale initiative of this kind.
If the results from the demonstrator sites are successful, it is likely that the results will be rolled out across the UK.
The prototypes will each receive £142,000 in investment, with the aim of eventually creating low-cost versions of the technologies.
Lord Drayson, science minister in the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, said: "Innovative businesses have a crucial role to play in the low-carbon economy. This £17 million investment by Government will give companies the chance to grab a share of the significant potential retrofit market."http://tinyurl.com/ycoo7va