Lucideon has published a new technical paper discussing the methods needed to try and boost insulation levels in existing UK homes.
Written by Dr Geoff Edgell, director and principal construction consultant at the international materials consultancy, the paper – titled ?Energy Saving: The UK Approach to Insulating the Fabric of Existing Masonry Houses’ – highlights the requirement to reduce energy waste from homes in the UK and outlines how this can be achieved.
As well as evaluating the benefits of each method – predominantly various forms of insulation – the paper frames the Government’s efforts to tackle the UK’s existing stock through the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) schemes.
Dr Edgell said: “The government has committed itself to reducing the levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. A large proportion of UK housing is old and poorly insulated, leading to the loss of heat and increased energy usage.
“Schemes have been introduced to promote energy saving action in existing UK homes but as discussed in the paper, there are some practicalities which prevent the maximum benefit being achieved. It is important that we find ways to ensure energy waste is reduced wherever possible if we are to meet the 2050 targets.”
To ensure the maximum up-take of energy saving schemes and to help meet the 2050 emission targets, Lucideon, which offers a wide range of construction testing facilities, says it is imperative that the materials and products being developed perform to the highest standards prior to going to market.
To download ?Energy Saving: The UK Approach to Insulating the Fabric of Existing Masonry Houses’, click here.