Social housing across the UK will be retrofitted with new, innovative technologies to reduce energy consumption as part of a £17m trial.
The project, called Retrofit for the Future, is being led by the Government-funded Technology Strategy Board (TSB).
Understanding and implementing best practice retrofitting is key to meeting the government’s CO2 reduction target of 80% by 2050. The results of the projects will be shared to help show how the UK’s current housing stock could be made more energy efficient.
Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson said:
“Innovative businesses have a crucial role to play in the low-carbon economy. This £17 million investment by Government will give companies the chance to grab a share of the significant potential retrofit market.”
Housing Minister John Healey, said:
“New homes are 40 per cent more energy efficient now compared to 2002, but we must and can do more. Today’s announcement means that many of the homes owned by councils and housing associations – almost a quarter of the UK’s housing stock – will be made-over using innovative ideas from the competition. This will make them warmer, greener and cheaper to run. “
David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes, Technology Strategy Board added:
“At least 60% of the houses we’ll be living in by 2050 have already been built. So it is critical that we look at ways to dramatically improve the performance of our existing housing stock. Retrofit for the Future provides the testbeds we need to ensure the development of long term, mass solutions. This initiative has seen the retrofit market come together, with social landlords, local councils, architects and other specialist suppliers developing a range of high perfomance and cost effective prototype solutions.”
Read the TSB press notice here