The Government have set eco standards for new homes to be built, the code for sustainable buildings, but what about the 99% of housing that already exists that were built to far lower insulation standards than todays. Mine is 100 years old and homes of this age were lit by gas and heated by fires so they werent designed to keep the air in. (1)
It will save energy to upgrade older houses. Many are built better and will last longer than recently built houses, so represent an investment. To knock them all down and start again, would damage communities as they would build lots of flats where there are now houses. Very large energy cost to building them, as well as financial costs.
UK is Biggest Energy Waster in Europe. A survey carried out by the Energy Saving Trust has revealed that the UK wastes more energy than other European countries. The results of the survey have been published in a new report "Habits of a lifetime" which was published as part of Energy Saving Week. For further information visit www.eeph.org.uk/energy/index.cfm?mode=view&news_id=747
New Figures Show Potential 7M Tonne Home Carbon Savings. Millions of tonnes of carbon and billions of pounds from fuel bills could be saved by simple measures like cavity wall insulation, new Government analysis reveals. The initial report from the Review of the Sustainability of Existing Buildings shows that millions of homes across the country could benefit from cost effective improvements which cut both carbon emissions and fuel bills. For further information visit www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1002882&PressNoticeID=2282
1 See www.periodproperty.co.uk/article018.htm for information on Lighting in the Victorian Home
2 http://www.theyellowhouse.org.uk/ is a very good example of how to upgrade an ordinary house to a high eco home standard.
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