Is retrofitting a key component to achieving net-zero targets?
With COP26 looming large the issue of climate change is front of mind, but there are big question marks about how the Scottish Government will achieve its ambitious target of net-zero emissions by 2045. How big a part will retrofitting play in that?A recent Construction News article referred to research that shows only around 11% of Scotland’s 2.5 million homes use a low-emission or renewable energy heating system. This points to a major opportunity for retrofitting and consequently future-proofing Scotland’s homes. It is expected that over the coming years the affordable housing sector will lead the way with retrofitting projects, and we are certainly seeing evidence of that. Thermal Image UK is now working with several housing associations in Scotland to provide air tightness (air permeability) tests and thermal imaging surveys for significant retrofit projects. Not only do these projects help to reduce carbon emissions and environmental damage, but they will also go some way to tackling fuel poverty as well as improving residents’ health and wellbeing. However, for retrofit to make a real difference quickly, it will require coordination across the construction industry as well as the engagement of homeowners and occupiers who will need to recognise the part they can play and embrace the changes required.
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