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CPA moves to improve domestic energy efficiency

The Construction Products Association has launched a publication to provide information on refurbishing domestic buildings to improve energy efficiency.
An Introduction to Low Carbon Domestic Refurbishment is aimed at builders carrying out RMI work on houses and flats, householders planning to refurbish their homes, professional advisers, such as architects, surveyors and energy consultants, as well as politicians and regulators.

CPA Chairman Bill Bolsover said: “The UK has a commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and the built environment is expected to account for about half of this reduction. Even the previous government’s ambitious programmes will barely scratch the surface in terms of meeting the contribution that the built environment has to make to the overall carbon reduction target. The real challenge is to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings that exist today, the vast majority of which will continue to exist in 2050.

“To achieve this we will need to undertake some form of refurbishment to every one of our 26 million homes and the products and solutions that this industry will provide are key to delivering this.

“This publication is a first step in setting out the various ways in which these homes can be upgraded. Every household in the country will be engaged in this programme at some point over the next 40 years and it is imperative that the work that is undertaken in a cost effective and efficient way.”

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