Halve the energy use in all buildings by 2030 says the PM

Yesterday the Prime Minister Theresa May made a speech at Jodrell Bank about science and industrial strategy, which included some bold statements including the goal of halving the energy use in new build and existing buildings.

The PM stated: “in the clean growth grand challenge, we will use new technologies and modern construction practices to at least halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030.

Heating and powering buildings accounts for 40 per cent of our total energy usage.

By making our buildings more energy efficient and embracing smart technologies, we can slash household energy bills, reduce demand for energy and meet our targets for carbon reduction.

By halving the energy use of new buildings – both commercial and residential – we could reduce the energy bills for their occupants by as much as 50 per cent.

And we will aim to halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings too.

Meeting this challenge will drive innovation and standards in the construction sector, helping it to meet our ambitious homebuilding targets and providing more jobs and opportunity to millions of workers across the country.

It will be a catalyst for new technologies and more productive methods, which can be exported to a large and growing global market for clean technologies.”

Stuart Fairlie Technical Director at Elmhurst stated: “We welcome the Prime Ministers speech, which firmly plants the Clean Growth Strategy at the heart of the current and future Governments. What we desperately need now are policies that are joined up and workable over the short, medium and longer term.

We must remember that the previous Conservative Government tore up new planned updates to the Building Regulations in an effort to ‘get Britain building again’! Whilst slashing all energy efficiency polices to improve existing homes/businesses under the mantra of ‘get rid of the green cr*p’. The construction industry simply needs a clear pathway and it can deliver; the technology and skills exist, what is needed is commitment from Government to enable people to live and work in warmer, greener and cheaper to run homes and businesses.” 

 


Link to full speech: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-science-and-modern-industrial-strategy-21-may-2018


Article Published: 22nd May 2018

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