Improving the 'key infrastructure' of older UK homes, to make them more energy efficient, has been highlighted to ministers as a priority along with their existing multi-billion pound plans to improve roads, railways, flood defences and energy.
Opposition parties and
various institutions reminded the government of the importance of home
energy efficiency, via the installation of sufficient insulation, to
help the UK to meet targets to end fuel poverty and to cut carbon
The plan of making home energy efficiency an
infrastructure priority was proposed by the think-tank Policy Exchange
(PX). The plan has been supported by many groups including the Labour
party, Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru, the CBI, TUC, the union GMB, the
all-party parliamentary group Green Alliance, the World Energy Council,
the Institution of Civil Engineering and leading energy academics.
government have not commented, but its advisory body the National
Infrastructure Commission said it would consider whether to go further
with the idea.
Richard Howard of PX commented: "Bringing people's
homes up to standard is incredibly good value for money. We don't
typically think of housing as infrastructure like we think of roads and
railways - but we've got to change the way we approach this: housing is
The CBI's Rhian Kelly, speaking to BBC
News, said: "Energy efficiency in homes and businesses is often at the
back of the queue, so it's right that we see a sharper focus on making
buildings more insulated, leading to significant savings for households
and firms and important environmental benefits."
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