Builders merchants Travis Perkins and construction group Mears have worked with the Energy Savings Trust on a report into the feasibility of achieving a 60% reduction in carbon emissions from 1960’s flats.
Across the UK, there are almost five million flats – making them approximately 20% of the total UK housing stock. Were they all to adopt the recommendations in the report, the savings would significantly reduce the existing UK housing stock’s emissions.
The measures were appraised by Mears and Travis Perkins for practicality, labour and materials costs and then divided into low, medium and high cost packages.
John Carter, chief operating officer at Travis Perkins said the company was “delighted” to have been involved with the project.
“We service the product needs of an increasing number of social housing refurbishment projects, and are aware of the huge potential these offer in terms of both reducing demand for grid electricity and gas, through better insulation and in the micro-generation of energy,” he says.
“These improvements, through refurbishment, offer significant opportunities to both reduce fuel poverty and contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and yet they have largely not been costed.”
This report found that the real life costs of reaching a 60% reduction in carbon emissions from the existing housing stock varies from around £7,000 to over £20,000 in others. A key finding is that the better the dwelling baseline performance, the more difficult and costly it is to achieve the 60% reduction.