The Retrofit Revolution
Greening the built environment is one of the biggest economic, social and environmental opportunities for the UK over the next three decades. It will create jobs, stimulate economic growth, reduce fuel poverty, improve health and wellbeing, not to mention helping to eliminate the 40% of UK greenhouse gas emissions that are produced by the built environment sector (UK Green Building Council).
Retrofitting the built environment is essential for the UK to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Failure to take transformative action today will mean that it is the households, businesses and governments of the 2030s and 2040s that benefit disproportionately, while today’s citizens get a raw deal of high energy costs, high pollution and low growth.
B4NZ recommends that Government should roll out an ambitious programme of deep retrofits in the social housing sector, bring forward implementation of the Future Homes Standard and Future Buildings Standard, and set out a clear pathway for how energy efficiency standards that will ratchet up all the way to net zero compliant over the next 20-30 years.
In order to turn these recommendations into action, B4NZ will continue working with industry and academia to understand the challenges at hand, and liaise with Parliamentarians, regulators and Government to relay these challenges and push for feasible yet effective policy options.
Our Specific Aims
Work with industry to understand the current demonstrator projects across the UK
Map the trajectory of current projects against targets
Conduct a comparison between devolved nations