Greening up UK housebuilding
The minimum levels of energy efficiency for building fabric and services have also increased, so that CO2 targets cannot be achieved through renewables alone, thus reflecting the principle of reducing overall demand for energy. The measures will also come into play when people elect to carry out work to existing buildings, including extensions and conversions, fabric renovations, fitting replacement windows and boilers.
In another attempt to green up UK housing, existing affordable or RSL stock across the country is being improved to near zero carbon standards under a £17 million research programme.
Led by the Government-funded Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Retrofit for the Future is enabling 80 consortia to address some of the country’s hardest to heat homes; with improving the performance of the envelope being key to success.
Understanding and implementing Best Practice in refurbishment is crucial in meeting the government’s CO2 reduction target of 80% by 2050, with insulation of the external walls, roof and floors featuring in all 100 homes being tackled. The results of the projects will be shared to help show landlords and their contracting partners how older properties could be brought up to match the performance of dwelling being built now to the higher levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Implicit in both these initiatives are the requirement to achieve excellent levels of airtightness by sealing the building envelope, and targeting zero waste. These are goals with which Plastic Surgeon’s services align extremely well.
Our finishers have been helping construction industry clients across the country reduce their carbon footprint for over 20, simply by repairing damaged items rather than replacing them. So while many of our operations make good damage to exterior walls, window frames and cladding systems – which would leak vast quantities of expensively heated air – our mantra of “Don’t skip it, fix it” helps contractors achieve those ever tighter waste reduction targets.
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