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IET welcome Chancellor's announcement of grants for home-owners to make energy saving improvements

Institution of Engineering and Technology

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We look forward to seeing what else is part of the wider £3bn plan to cut emissions and how Government plans to achieve the £9.2bn promise made in the election manifesto. Hopefully the Chancellor will have more to say in the budget tomorrow.

Rick Hartwig, IET Built Environment Lead, said: “We welcome Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of grants for home-owners to make energy saving improvements. This is however only a first, but a very vital step in the drive to meet the national 2050 targets set out in the Climate Change Act, with significant improvements needed across all housing in the UK towards zero carbon emissions from space and water heating.

“The fabric first approach of insulation and windows is the right place to start, as this will see a reduction in heat requirements. However, much of the 60% loft and cavity wall insulation has been done and therefore it’s important to consider exterior and interior wall insulation, which is more expensive.

“Overall this is good for jobs, the economy and our recovery from COVID-19, but, we need to ensure that we address skills shortages in this area, as we cannot afford to lose public trust if the grant scheme is not carried out well.  It is also essential that homeowners recognise that improved insulation can create ventilation challenges, which could lead to humid and mould ridden unhealthy homes if not properly planned and addressed.

“This £2bn grant scheme is a definite step in the right direction, but we would like to see more clarity for renters and landlords. We look forward to seeing what else is part of the wider £3bn plan to cut emissions and how Government plans to achieve the £9.2bn promise made in the election manifesto. Hopefully the Chancellor will have more to say in the budget tomorrow.”

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