News Energy Efficiency Should Become National Infrastructure Priority Says Nia

The Government needs to commit to a major retrofitting programme of 1 million homes by 2020 as a national infrastructure priority, says the National Insulation Association (NIA).

As part of a coalition of 20 organisations, the NIA is calling on the government to makes the UK’s 26 million homes fit for the future.

The NIA says the UK’s housing stock is amongst the coldest and draughtiest in Europe and as a result the UK has high energy bills and one of the worst records on fuel poverty and preventable winter deaths.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the NIA said: “We still have over 7 million homes that have inadequate Loft Insulation, over 5 million homes that require Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) and almost 8 million homes that need Solid Wall Insulation (SWI).

“We should be strengthening our energy efficiency programmes and accelerating the pace of delivery. We require a long term structured plan to achieve this and transform the nation’s housing stock.”

By installing SWI savings of up to £460per year can be made on fuel bills and £250 per year from CWI.

Loft Insulation can also save up to £250 per year and Draught-proofing windows and doors can save between £35 and £50 per year and when installed with other measures.

Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said on behalf of the 20 organisations: “There’s a gaping hole at the heart of the Government’s plan for infrastructure, and that gaping hole is the energy efficiency of our aging housing stock. Government has so far failed to recognise the huge opportunities it presents.

“But it’s not too late. Making home energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority – and offering it significant support alongside transport, energy generation or communications projects – would not only cut households’ rocketing energy bills and help tackle climate change, but would create thousands of new jobs and strengthen the UK’s energy security. Government spends £45bn a year on capital infrastructure investment – our bricks and mortar deserve to be included.”

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