Reducing carbon emissions and tackling fuel poverty

Making our existing buildings energy-efficient, more comfortable and cheaper to run is one of the major challenges facing the UK.

Below some of the major issues facing the industry.

80% carbon reduction target

Buildings account for 44% of the UK’s entire greenhouse gas emissions, with 27% coming from homes. That represents a huge portion of emmissions that must be cut to meet the country's 80% carbon reduction target for 2050.


Rising fuel poverty

This is increasing on the back of rising fuel costs.In March 2012, for example, the overall prices paid for all fuel and light increased by 13.2% between February 2011 and February 2012.


Poor-performing buildings

The UK has some of the oldest building stock in Europe, with around 20% of dwellings hard-to-treat single-brick houses built before 1919. In 2050, 75% of these poorly insulated and energy-innefficient buildings will still be in use.


Lack of clear leadership

Industry complains about a lack of strong, consistent policy from government to help incentivise consumers and increase market confidence.


Lack of data

There is still a lack of understanding about which solutions work best for which building types; which approaches to adopt first; and which areas to invest resources.


Lack of skills

The UK's workforce, need to be given the right skills and training to to deliver many of the new and refurbishment solutions.

You can also find out more in our latest report, which also lays out the opportunites. The report, provides an overview of current regulations and incentives, is based on workshops held with industry stakeholders.


You can also find out more in our latest report, which also sets out the opportunites around refurbishment. The report, provides an overview of current regulations and incentives, is based on workshops held with industry stakeholders.