HWA describes failure to address energy efficiency of UK housing stock in Autumn Statement as ‘disappointing and another missed opportunity’

Published:  09 December, 2014

The Hot Water Association has responded to the Chancellor's Autumn statement saying that the time for talking has passed and we need to start improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock now.

The Hot Water Association has responded to the Chancellors Autumn statement saying that the time for talking has passed we need to start improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock now.

“The UK’s energy policy should not be reduced to sound bites over whether fracking is a good idea or not. We need to stop procrastinating and face up to the challenges of achieving our carbon reduction targets. The time for talking has passed we need to start improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock and that means the government should be putting long term plans into place to improve our homes,” said Isaac Occhipinti, manager at the Hot Water Association.

“We would also like the Government to address the need to future proof new buildings by making them ‘hot water ready’. Despite the fact that over half of UK homes still have hot water cylinders, many new builds aren’t constructed with adequate space to install even a small hot water cylinder making it extremely difficult and expensive to retrofit and make them compatible for renewable technologies. The national infrastructure plan could have targeted this, but didn’t, yet again another opportunity missed.”

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