World Book Day and Energy Efficiency

In recognition of world book day, Stuart Fairlie, Technical & Operations Director at Elmhurst reflects on the famous opening paragraph in Charles Dickens novel ‘A Tale of Two Cities’:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us..”

Stuart states: “We have a situation where we have alot of energy inefficient homes and buildings in the UK. We know precisely ‘what’ to do with them, we even know ‘how’ to do it. The trouble is we are unable to decide how to move forward and which steps should be taken first. The technologies and knowledge exists, but there are plenty of reasons why the revolution of energy efficiency strategies has not happened quickly enough. Some are technical, and others are simply put down to a lack of ambition to do it in the first place.

PAS 2035, however, is an example of a strategy which has succeeded, and can demonstrate a road map to success when addressing poor quality retrofit and the UK's least energy efficient homes. This new retrofit standards framework shows the way to improve buildings, and now all that is required is the willingness to move forward with it.

As Charles Dickens said “it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness” let’s hope that in 2020 we can start to move towards the positives in his opening sentence.” 


Article published 5th March 2020

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