Green Recovery to include insulating homes – “no brainer”

In an unfortunately titled article “Home insulation could create cheap jobs” the BBC has given, otherwise, good coverage to a report released by the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG), a coalition of charities, businesses and pressure groups whose aim is to upgrade the UK's aged housing stock.

The article makes the claim that “Making people's homes cosy is the cheapest way to create jobs as the UK prepares to fight recession, and that insulating homes would be much cheaper than creating a road maintenance job”. The article goes on to state that these 'Green Jobs' would also have other benefits such as cutting local pollution; reducing bills to release cash back into the economy; and lowering the costs of sickness caused by draughty homes.

The report estimates that 40,000 jobs could be created by the government in insulation over the next two years, and 150,000 by 2030.

Sarah Kostense-Winterton, EEIG chair, said:

"Net zero plans will hit a wall if the government continues to sidestep serious action."

"Our country is in dire need of a green stimulus recovery. Surely there could be no better time to future-proof our homes while providing buoyancy to our drained economy?"

Elmhurst Energy's, Managing Director, Martyn Reed has commended the report and the press coverage that it received but offered a few words of caution: “Cheap jobs might suggest low skilled and that is not the case. Retrofit improvement needs careful research and planning by competent individuals to ensure that the property is suitable and the measures appropriate, an approach supported by PAS 2035 the new deep retrofit specification from BSI.”

It’s bit too long but maybe the article should have been called “Cost effective jobs that deliver value to individuals, communities and the environment”.

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Article published: 12/06/2020

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