Every home counts

IEMA Fellow Paul Reeve scrutinises the Bonfield review on improving the energy efficiency of UK homes after the axing of the Green Deal

The words ‘green’ and ‘deal’ are synonymous with the UK’s failure to roll out a domestic energy retrofit programme. This is accentuated by the fact that housing generates around a quarter of UK carbon emissions – well over 100 MtCO2e in 2014, including electric heating. Even a 10% improvement across 23 million homes could reduce carbon emissions by nearly 3% and have considerable social benefits, so scalable domestic energy retrofit remains a hugely attractive option.

To learn from the Green Deal scheme, which was effectively scrapped by the government in July 2015, and suggest how to move forward, Peter Bonfield, chief executive at BRE, was asked by Amber Rudd, then energy secretary, to report on delivering scalable domestic energy retrofit.

‘We propose a quality mark for all energy efficiency and renewable energy measures – to indicate clearly that the holder delivers to best practice standards in the sector.’

Each Home Counts, 2016

The review, Each Home Counts, was published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in December 2016. It focuses mainly on how to ensure that domestic consumers and providers of housing can access good quality, energy-efficient solutions, rather than the merits of specific products or technologies. Yet the proposals are extensive and, in places, ...

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