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Morrell to unveil guide to domestic low carbon retrofitting

The Construction Products Association is set to launch a new step-by-step guide for builders looking to carry out domestic lowcarbon retrofitting work.

Chief construction adviser Paul Morrell will unveil the much-hyped document, An Introduction to Low Carbon Domestic Refurbishment, in London later today.

Mr Morrell said: “It used to be referred to as ‘the elephant in the room’, but now the elephant is treading on our toes and most people recognise that developing greener new buildings is no more than a good start if we don’t get to grips with the much larger challenge of improving the performance of the existing stock.

“Most of it will still be with us by 2050, by which time we are legally committed to reduce emissions by 80 per cent. We’re going to have to pull every lever to get to that, and we won’t even get close unless we can treat existing buildings so that they perform almost as well as the best new ones.”

The guide deals with the preliminary considerations when planning a refurbishment project and then with each of
the elements of a house in turn - including floors, walls, windows, heating systems, ventilation and electricity.