UKGBC warns that retrofit easy-wins are taken

15th May, 2013

The UK Green Building Council has said early progress on retrofitting UK households may drop off as many of the easy wins have already been taken.

Figures published by Ofgem show that more than six million energy efficiency measures have been installed under two government retrofitting programmes.

According to the report, more than 3.9 million lofts have been insulated and 2.5 million cavity walls insulated under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target programme.

UK-GBC said the figures showed “significant steps” have been taken but warned that “we should not underestimate the scale of the challenge” remaining.

Richard Griffiths, policy consultant at UK-GBC, said: “Delivering even these simple measures was no small task despite them being relatively easy to install and incredibly cheap or free to households.

“Many of the lofts and cavities that remain are either technically hard to treat or belong to households that have been consistently hard to reach.

“Furthermore, under the Green Deal and ECO we have to move away from these low-hanging fruit towards whole-house retrofit – which is necessarily much more disruptive and costly. And we need to do this on an unprecedented scale.”

This article first appeared on Building Design’s website

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