Press Release:
NIA calls for home energy efficiency to become a national infrastructure priority

Release Date 24 June 2014

The National Insulation Association (NIA) as part of a coalition of 20 organisations is calling on Government to commit to a major retrofitting programme of 1 million homes by 2020 as a national infrastructure priority.

The UK's 26 million homes should be fit for the future. But the housing stock is amongst the coldest and draughtiest in Europe and as a result the UK has high energy bills and one of the worst records on fuel poverty and preventable winter deaths. It is also wasting vast amounts of energy.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: "We still have over 7 million homes that have inadequate Loft Insulation, over 5 million homes that require Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) and almost 8 million homes that need Solid Wall Insulation (SWI). We should be strengthening our energy efficiency programmes and accelerating the pace of delivery. We require a long term structured plan to achieve this and transform the nation's housing stock."

"The benefits to consumers are clear, by installing SWI savings of up to £460* per year can be made on fuel bills and £250* per year from CWI. Loft Insulation can also save up to £250* per year and Draught-proofing windows and doors can save between £35 and £50* per year and when installed with other measures will greatly increase the comfort in a home."

Paul King, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said on behalf of the 20 organisations: "There's a gaping hole at the heart of the Government's plan for infrastructure, and that gaping hole is the energy efficiency of our aging housing stock. Government has so far failed to recognise the huge opportunities it presents.

"But it's not too late. Making home energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority – and offering it significant support alongside transport, energy generation or communications projects - would not only cut households' rocketing energy bills and help tackle climate change, but would create thousands of new jobs and strengthen the UK's energy security. Government spends £45bn a year on capital infrastructure investment - our bricks and mortar deserve to be included."

For more information contact Duncan Murray at the NIA press office on 01327 227 010 or email Duncan@evolution-pr.co.uk

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