Refurb revolution to create 250,000 jobs

Grant Prior 13 years ago
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Construction experts are predicting a “refurbishment revolution” after Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne vowed to create 250,000 jobs making 26 million homes more energy efficient.

The “Green Deal” will also cover commercial premises and be funded by companies paying up-front to insulate buildings then recovering their money from resulting savings in energy bills.

Huhne said: “By stopping this waste, we can make big savings on bills, and use them to pay businesses for the cost of insulation.

“This is the Green Deal, which I will be introducing through Parliament before the end of the year. Companies will pay up-front to insulate your home, recovering their spending from the energy savings that will result.”

Huhne hopes the initiative will create a whole new industry and create 250,000 jobs.

He is confident the measures will be more successful than Labour’s insulation programme which he dismissed as “half-cock.”

Leaders of the UK Green Building Council welcomed the news and highlighted schemes like Keepmoat’s Daneville Estate scheme in Liverpool which has achieved 74% reductions in carbon emissions slashing tenants’ fuel bills from an average of £836 a year to around £236 per year.

John Alker, Director of Policy & Communications at UK-GBC said: “The Green Deal could drive a refurbishment revolution in the UK.

“There are examples right here in Liverpool that show what can be done when you go beyond just the cheapest measures and deliver a comprehensive package of low carbon refurbishment.

“Not only does it achieve deep carbon emissions, it can drive down energy bills, create new green jobs – and reinvigorate whole communities when energy efficiency is part of neighbourhood renewal.”

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