25 million UK homes 'will not be sufficiently insulated by 2050'
A quarter of the existing homes in Britain will not be sufficiently insulated to help the UK meet its carbon emissions targets by 2050 unless they are refurbished, a report has warned.
The Green Building Council has presented a document to parliament stating that more than one home per minute needs to be improved between now and 2050 in order to meet the 80 per cent carbon reduction target.
It said that as four out of five homes that will be standing in 2050 have already been built, success will depend on improving the insulation standards of existing stock.
At the same time, the report argues, there are big opportunities presented by the need to insulate homes, as this can create more jobs than any other infrastructure undertaking.
Chief executive of the Green Building Council Julie Hirigoyen said insulating homes and making them more energy efficient will help the government achieve its stated policy aims under Theresa May of making Britain "a country that works for everyone", including increasing the number of homes, cutting energy bills for those just about managing, reducing the burden on the NHS caused by people being too cold in their properties and creating jobs.
Describing a better built environment as "fundamental" to achieving these goals, she remarked: "We know that building places that work for everyone can and will support the government’s policy priorities."
Ms Hirigoyen went on to tell the BBC that what was needed to achieve these aims is something much more effective than the discredited Green Deal.
She explained: "Driving up demand for retro-fitting homes is essential for any policy to be a success - the Green Deal told us just offering financial incentives isn't necessarily the only solution. We need to make it all easy, attractive and affordable.
"The good thing is that the business community is really starting to recognise the opportunity."