Refurb campaign launched at Grand designs show

TV presenter and eco-pioneer, Kevin McCloud, is launching a nationwide campaign to urge the Government to help people to undertake energy-efficient green refurbishments in their homes.
McCloud launched the Grand Designs Great British Refurb campaign at Grand Designs Live London on Saturday April 25, with backing from Grand Designs Magazine, the Energy Saving Trust, the UK Green Building Council and WWF.

The campaign urges the UK public to take positive action by signing a petition that will ask the Government to do more to help consumers finance the green refurbishment of their own homes. 27% of carbon emissions come from energy used in the home.

The campaign wants the Government to:

  • Offer householders new ways to pay for green refurbishment, which would significantly reduce upfront costs and instead spread them over a longer period of time.

  • Provide better financial incentives for householders to refurbish their homes to make them greener and more energy efficient, through substantial government grants, subsidies or tax rebates.

  • Ensure installers are qualified and approved to undertake the work.

    McCloud said: “Our homes use energy unsustainably. They leak heat and gobble power. No policy initiative will succeed unless there is an increased appetite from households for energy saving and low-carbon refurbishment – which means getting people excited in their droves.

    “The Government has conducted a public consultation to seek views on its longer-term ambitions for how we can transform the way we use heat and energy in our homes to achieve an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050. But with at least 80 per cent of homes that will be standing in 2050 already built, our existing homes will need to be radically transformed in order to meet this target.”

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