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Insulate Magazine Issue 11 - October 2017

When is an Insulation Manufacturer not and Insulation Manufacturer headlines the October issue of Insulate Magazine. Possibly the best front cover for an Insulation publication EVER.

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The only independent insulation industry trade magazine Insulate Columnist Aspirational Action Plan for our Goverment to make our Buildings Great Again Sarah Kostense-Winterton Executive Director, MIMA With the Clean Growth Plan on the cusp of publication and with onethird of UK carbon emissions still coming from buildings, a major industry alliance¹, the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure group (EEIG) has called for an ambitious new buildings infrastructure programme to help to decarbonise the UK’s buildings, deliver major energy savings to consumers whilst also providing a much-needed boost to the UK economy. Buildings Energy Infrastructure Programme Commissioned by the EEIG, the Frontier Economics report, “Affordable Warmth, Clean Growth”, recommends a comprehensive Buildings Energy Infrastructure Programme and dedicated delivery agency to achieve major energy savings and de-carbonise the UK heating supply. The report clearly sets out an action plan for the Government to make all homes energy efficient within 20 years. Achieving this goal will require the adoption of world-leading quality standards for retrofitting and constructing homes, area-based schemes led by local authorities, additional funding sources that won’t raise energy bills and financial incentives to encourage households to take up energy-saving measures. 19 Million Homes There are still 19 million homes in the UK with needlessly poor levels of energy performance - below an EPC C rating – and up to a quarter of the energy consumed in homes could be saved cost-effectively, with the technical potential for energy use in homes to be cut in half. Cuts and Crashes Despite this, the level of funding for energy efficiency measures has been cut by a huge 50% since 2012 and the number of major insulation and efficient heating measures being installed has crashed by 80%. The EEIG alliance is calling on the Government to reverse that fall and to make buildings’ energy performance a capital infrastructure investment priority. 10 insulatenetwork Aspirational Action Plan To achieve this much-needed reverse the report makes key recommendations which include: - A target for all homes to be brought up to an energy performance rating of C (on the A to G scale) by 2035, with all low-income households achieving a C rating by 2030. - A requirement for new homes to be constructed to a zero-carbon standard by 2020. Subsidies for all low-income home-owners to make energy efficiency renovations to their properties. - A demonstrator programme to test the most attractive schemes to unlock able-to-pay households’ investment in energy saving renovations, including zero interest loans, low interest equity loans you don’t have to pay back until a home is sold and salary sacrifice schemes like those for childcare vouchers. - Changes to Stamp Duty to encourage renovations when people move home. - Tax allowances for private landlords and 50% subsidies for social landlords to undertake energy efficiency renovations. - Strengthening regulation in the private rented sector from 2025 to prevent landlords from renting out homes which have below average energy performance. - Applying sensible minimum standards when homes are sold to help address health risks and deaths caused by excessive cold. The regulations and minimum standards, properly enforced, can significantly bring down the cost of the programme to the public purse. The Rt. Hon. Lord Deben, author of the report’s Foreword and supporter said: “This is market failure at its most pernicious and the Government needs to intervene to make the free market work. This is a properly constructed infrastructure programme that provides a cost-effective way of meeting our climate change objectives while significantly reducing the cost of living for a huge proportion of the population”. 11