Energy use in housing in the UK accounts for 27 per cent of carbon emissions. Therefore improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy in housing stock presents a great opportunity to contribute towards the 2050 target of an 80 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
With the cost of living increasing while real wages remain stagnant, priority of expenditure is a decision many households have to make, often having to choose between food, rent, council tax, gas/electric bills and transport costs. By reducing energy bills householders will have additional funds to spend on other necessities and may be helped out of energy poverty.
By building the necessary 250,000 new homes as low or zero-carbon at an affordable cost, using replicable techniques and technologies that are easy to use and maintain, there is a potential for this type of home to become the ‘norm’ rather than a novelty. This would help to reduce carbon emissions, stimulate the economy and reduce energy bills. The WEFO funded Cardiff University SOLCER New Build and Retrofit projects demonstrate how high standards of energy performance can be achieved in practice, at an affordable cost.
This session will explore the relationship between availability of funding, regulations and the practicalities of building carbon neutral homes.