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Online views wanted on existing homes

A major two week online consultation is being launched on Monday (August 18) to hear industry views on cutting carbon emissions from the existing housing stock.

Existing homes are seen as a huge issue as the bulk of the 26 million houses now in the UK will still be here in 2050 and these properties are often difficult to adapt to raise energy efficiency or introduce renewable technology.

The consultation is being led by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes (EEPH), the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

It will be followed by a workshop event on Friday September 12 with a final report set to be sent to the Government. This will allow feedback to inform the Government’s expected consultation on energy efficiency set to be launched in the autumn to help the development of a Low Carbon Homes strategy by spring 2009.

Paul King, chief executive of the UKGBC, said: “Industry needs clarity about the short, medium and long term direction of travel so it can invest and skill-up appropriately.

'We also need to develop new and innovative methods of financing retrofitting and delivering the major improvements to our varied housing stock that are so acutely needed.

'Above all, government, industry and other interest groups need a clear and ambitious strategy that everyone has confidence will deliver.”

The online consultation will be focused on four key issues papers prepared following a review of existing literature and reports. These will cover technology and innovation, markets/service offerings, behaviour change and awareness and policy.