Housing retrofits – a new start

In November 2016 The Energy Technologies Institute shared its Housing retrofits – a new start report aimed at the government and industry. It makes the case that progress with retrofits will depend on recognising that efficiency savings are a very weak driver. Improved comfort and amenity are stronger drivers.

The report say that improved supply chain performance and mechanisms that mandate or reward carbon savings will be required, both in the social and able-to pay sectors. Targeting an appropriate mix of measures on the most promising combinations of housing and occupants is more likely to be a successful “sell” than a blanket approach.

The report states that the 28 million homes in the UK account for 17% of energy related CO2 emissions. This is dominated by space heating, with contributions from hot water and cooking. When indirect emissions from electric heating are included, 20% of UK emissions come from domestic heat.