In times of uncertainty it’s important we take control where we can, and one thing we can control is the amount of energy we save, or loose, from our homes.
As energy prices rise, and the impact of carbon emissions on the environment become more well known it seems obvious that we should do what we can to properly insulate our own home. Yet only 1% of UK homes currently have adequate thermal performance.
Over the years there here have been various home insulation initiatives which have been met with mixed results. Even when loft insulation is offered for free; people have often been unwilling to accept it.
Where homes have received retrofit measures, they have tended to be the easier to treat ones and so-called ‘hard-to-treat’ homes remain a significant challenge.
The scale of the challenge continues to increase as 80% of homes lived in today will still be standing in 2050, added to that those being built today. It is vital that new housing be built to the highest standards and quality so as not to compound the growing retrofit problem.
This issue of Progress blog focuses on this important topic and we hear from our members on the options available to homeowners alongside the issues facing their sector.
At the NHIC we work hard to be the voice of the home improvement sector and ensure these important messages do not get lost in the race for new homes at any cost.
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