The report, called Too Close to Home claims that while consumers broadly support the Government’s climate change efforts there are deep concerns about the associated costs and disruption to homes due to the installation of low carbon heating technologies.
With some low carbon technologies such as heat pumps costing between £8,000-£14,000, a huge 80% of people said that this was either too excessive and they couldn’t afford to pay (54%), or that they would pay it only with financial support (26%).
Actuate UK said businesses, public and commercial projects as well as domestic customers will be affected in only six months if this is not resolved adding that an extension of the transition time to the new arrangements will help avoid delays and allow all products to be tested and accredited.
If you had the choice of breathing clean air for 90% of the time or 10% of the time, which would you choose? Well, currently, the emphasis is firmly on the 10%. From governments, campaigners and businesses, there has been a huge push to clean the air we breathe outside. And there’s no denying the importance of that. However, given the average member of the British public spends 22 hours of their day indoors, it seems negligent not to place the same level of attention on indoor air quality (IAQ).
With almost 50 years of experience in the HVACR industry, Mike has served as president of the Heat Pump Association (HPA), president of HEVAC and as chairman of FETA during its 30th anniversary year. In the wider industry he is also a fellow and former trustee of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and has served as a director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB).
The move towards turning commercial premises into housing is already underway, with thinktanks like the Social Market Foundation suggesting that turning collapsed retail businesses into residential space could create 800,000 new homes.
While new Permitted Development Rights ensure space standards will be upheld and extremely small ‘rabbit hutch’ flats avoided, polymer supplier REHAU has expressed concern with regards to wellbeing being ‘value-engineered’ out of these buildings later on.