According to a new report, 25 million homes in the UK needs to be insulated to minimize the country’s carbon emissions.
This indicates that one home per minute should be refurbished between now and 2050. But, the experts believes that these existing homes will not satisfy the standards required by the middle of the century.
Striking down Carbon Emissions
As per the report by BBC News, there is a need to minimize the carbon emissions in the UK by 80 percent in 33 years and about 30 percent of those emissions are released by heating drafty buildings.
Local representatives have allowed limited funding to insulate council homes but, owner-occupiers and landlords are not willing to invest a large portion in disruptive improvements that will save on bills, but will take decades to pay off.
According to the report by top construction experts from the Green Building Council, says that four in every five homes for occupancy in 2050 have already been completed. This indicates that for insulating 25 million homes will need 33 years at a rate of 1.4 homes a minute.
The lead authors of the study think that this challenge offers an opportunity under the current government’s infrastructure programs.
The problem is funding. Until now, UK has not presented a substitute program to produce necessary demand for refurbishments. With that, the new report suggests the following:
- That the government sets staged targets for insulating buildings;
- That the government represent “zero-carbon” standards for buildings in 2020;
- That the government makes long-term trajectories for improving home energy standards;
- That the government sets energy efficiency as a national priority;
- And that the government motivates commercial buildings to reveal the amount of energy they use.
Moreover, the report claims that the construction industry needs clear explanations as to what it should deliver, as well as measurements to find out what is being built. This could create innovation.
“Due to this initiative, people will have warmer homes as well as lower bills,” GBC head Julie Hirigoyen told BBC News. “We can also overcome climatic change and reduce the amount of carbon emissions.”
Also, the UK government has to persuade 25 million homes to allow insulation to see fewer carbon emissions. The future depends on it.