A minister has said there are “huge benefits” in retrofitting homes to make them warmer and greener, despite the Government’s flagship building upgrade scheme reportedly reaching a tiny percentage of its target.
Environmental and empty homes campaigners have long called for the retrofitting of old-style housing, which entails increasing the energy efficiency of less modern homes and reducing the amount of lost heat.
But reports have claimed the Green Homes Grant, the Government’s flagship scheme to upgrade homes, is only reaching a small fraction of its 600,000 household target and could face the axe as builders and installers failed to sign up.
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In an interview with Inside Housing as part of its retrofit challenge virtual summit, climate change minister Lord Callanan said there were “huge benefits to be realised from retrofitting warmer and greener homes”.
He added the Government had a duty to maximise the energy efficiency of social housing.