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Green Deal ignores retro-fit options, says radiator association

The ‘approved list’ of products under the Government’s Green Deal plans which is not in the public interest, according to the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors.

Association chairman John Colling says: “Some 70% of the UK housing stock of 2050 is already in place, meaning that the greatest opportunity for improving the eco standards of this country’s homes lies in retro-fitting these existing properties.

“The programme ignores the fact that radiators are already in place in 23.6m UK homes and are easily replaceable when they reach the end of their lifespan, which is usually in excess of 30 years.

“There is a school of thought that radiators aren’t suitably ‘green’ products. However, research conducted by leading heating experts and academics on the continent have dispelled this myth, showing that steel panel products can be as, if not more, efficient than other emitters when used with low water temperatures.

“Radiators cost tens, rather than hundreds or thousands of pounds to purchase and are being installed easily as like-for-like replacements to the existing 190 million products already in place.

“When an option such as this is available, making it possible for home owners to make positive environmental improvements for less money and with less disruption to their homes and lives, it seems ill-advised of those leading the Green Deal to have ignored it.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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