The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has released a new report entitled What Next For Heat & Buildings Policy outlining the remaining policy gaps and makes recommendations for what the Government should do to address them.
It identifies four core areas of focus and makes several recommendations – highlighting what must be done to achieve the ambitious target of the UK becoming net zero by 2050 and delivering buildings fit for the future.
• Address the able to pay sector as this key stakeholder group is crucial to facilitate the movement away from a heavy reliance on government funding into an independent retrofit market which is self-sufficient and delivers at scale.
• Tackle the lack of consumer and supply chain knowledge & skills of low-carbon technologies compared to traditional fossil fuel heating systems. The government must ensure there is a competent workforce capable of designing, building, and retrofitting to deliver energy efficient, net zero carbon, healthy homes, and buildings.
• The SEA advocates a fabric first, technology agnostic approach. Therefore, low-carbon technologies, and energy efficiency measures that meet the space and water heating demands of the building in question and lead to the right outcomes, should be supported by government schemes.
• The Government and Industry must work together to form a definitive National Retrofit Strategy, setting out the policies and programmes required to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings, with realistic timescales for implementation, and which places energy efficiency at the heart of the UK’s Net-Zero target.
Jade Lewis, chief executive of the Sustainable Energy Association commented: “The SEA is committed to eliminating fuel poverty and ensuring all homes are energy efficient, Net Zero-carbon, warm and healthy. As the first major country to pass Net Zero emissions law, the UK government has a unique opportunity to demonstrate how a nation can do it correctly. We would welcome collaborating with the Government and key industry stakeholders to develop the next phase of policy and help deliver homes and buildings fit for future generations.”
Hope that SEA will take advantage of the Grenfell Tower enquiry results and CCPI (Code for Construction Product Information) 11 clauses to ensure manufacturers' information is clear, accurate, up-to-date, accessible and unambiguous. fo The use of Heat pumps has been and will be a key to reaching net-zero, however, must insure that: a) The refrigerant ( a controlled substance due to high pressures up to 500 psi and extreme temperatures -50C to 140C ) correct class is used (A1 class non-flammable according to ISO817 & ASHRAE34) and not A2/A2L flammable (like R32) or highly flammable/explosive A3 class (e.g. HC R270, R290, R600/a) protect the whole of the Supply Chain and THE USER / OCCUPIER of buildings), b) correct engineers certification in the handling of refrigerant C&G 2079 for A1 class plus C&G 6187-21 if A2/2L or A£3class. Need o take the use of refrigerants seriously before we end up with more disasters and people die needlessly.. Neil Afram FM.Inst.R.
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