Energy-efficiency project launched

A two-year scheme to find new ways of improving the energy efficiency of existing homes has been launched.

The project, which is supported by the Energy Technologies Institute and a number of businesses including building consultancy Building Research Establishment, will investigate whether mass-produced technologies could be used to cut the cost of eco refurbishments.

In order to meet the government’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, the £3 million scheme would need to renovate 12,500 homes a week for the next 40 years.

Paul Morrell, chief construction adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said: “This is way beyond the scale of anything attempted before and calls for a response from the industry that addresses that scale.”

Last month, housing minister Grant Shapps failed to define the meaning of the term zero-carbon, which all new homes must be by 2016 in order to meet environmental standards, before parliament broke for summer recess.

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