Energy Technology Institute and SWM member Wates lead on 3m housing retrofit research supply project
The West Midlands leads the way through the work of organisations such as the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP). Much of this work is being drawn on by SWM and SHAP members to inform this new national programme.
£3 million is to be spent over the next two years to find the best ways to undertake the massive and urgent job of retrofitting the UK’s existing housing stock to make it more energy efficient.
The UK housing market is responsible for 24 per cent of the country’s CO2 emissions and 80 per cent of existing homes will still be standing in 2050. It estimated as many residential properties as those in a city the size of Cambridge will need to be upgraded every week by 2020 if the UK is to meet its target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a public private partnership tasked with developing low carbon technologies, is behind the ‘green’ retrofit research project. The aim of the scheme is to improve the supply chain so that a mass-scale retrofit programme can get underway. It will particularly look at ways to ‘industrialise’ the processes of design, supply and implementation of a ‘green’ refurbishment programme.
According to the Government, getting all 26 million UK homes energy efficient by 2050, will require retrofitting 40,000 homes a year by 2015 and 1.8 million homes a year by 2020.
The research is being carried out by a consortium of organisations and businesses that include the Building Research Establishment (BRE), energy company EDF, the Peabody housing association, architects PRP, consultancy Total Flow, construction company Wates and University College London.