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McCloud urges "Great British Refurb"

Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud today urged the Government to improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s 26 million homes, by building and insulating a “home” outside the Houses of Parliament.

The Grand Designs Great British Refurb Campaign is suggesting the Government support measure to increase energy efficiency, including:

  • Offering households new ways to pay for green refurbishment, which would significantly reduce upfront costs and instead spread them over a longer period of time.
  • Providing 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.
  • Ensuring installers are qualified and approved to undertake the work.
  • The campaign says that by retrofitting our existing housing stock, nine million tonnes of carbon dioxide could be saved – the equivalent to the average CO2 output of over 1.5 million homes per year.

The market for green refurbishment and improvement could be worth between £3.5 billion and £6.5 billion per year and thousands of new jobs could be created, it says, while it believes Britons could save on average £300 a year on household bills by being more energy efficient and improving heating and insulation in the home

Mr McCloud said: “As homeowners, we need look no further than our own four walls to find a way to reduce carbon emissions, save money on our energy bills, and create jobs in our communities.”