Social housing leads efficiency plans
Social housing must be at the forefront of ambitious plans to extend green energy makeovers to every house on every street, the housing minister has said.
The government has published a draft heat and energy saving strategy, setting out how it thinks it can reduce all household carbon emissions to nearly zero by 2050.
The strategy includes plans to provide cavity wall and loft insulation for all suitable homes and for 400,000 homes a year to have energy makeovers by 2015, increasing to every home by 2030.
The document also includes plans to boost the availability of information and advice on energy efficiency, as well as new finance packages to make energy improvements more affordable. Other plans include the roll out of low-cost home energy audits and the possibility of extending building regulations to cover energy saving measures.
The document was published jointly by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the department for Communities and Local Government. Housing minister Margaret Beckett said social housing ‘must be at the forefront’ of the plans. She said: ‘People living in social housing stand to gain the most from these proposals, as they are among the most likely to be living in fuel poverty.’
She added: ‘Some of the greenest homes in the country have been built by housing associations, and I believe that through this programme, we can go every further.’
The government is consulting on the strategy until 8 May and will be publishing a final version later this year.
It is also consulting on a Community Energy Savings Programme, providing help to around 90,000 homes in low-income areas, backed by around £350 million from energy suppliers and generators.