Homes Fit for the Future
Before the 2015 General Election, UK-GBC coordinated the Homes Fit for the Future campaign which called for home energy efficiency to be recognised as a national infrastructure priority.
Improving the energy efficiency of the UK's existing homes has wide ranging benefits. It is the only way to permanently bring down household energy bills and the most effective way to tackle fuel poverty. It can increase energy security by reducing our reliance on fuel imports and is more cost effective than building new energy generation in meeting the UK's energy needs. And it is a crucial to reducing carbon emissions and meeting the UK's targets of an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.
The Homes Fit for the Future campaign sought to create a sustainable market and significantly scale up delivery by making home energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority and creating a national programme for delivery. In the run-up to the 2015 General Election, we called on all political parties to:
- Make home energy efficiency a top infrastructure priority
- Support investment with a long term revenue stream
- Achieve 1 million deep retrofits each year by 2020
In June 2014, we published a joint report, A housing stock fit for the future: Making home energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority, which summarised the key benefits of energy efficiency and set out the campaign's key asks.
Unfortunately the campaign was unsuccessful in convincing the new Conservative Government to recognise energy efficiency as an infrastructure priority. However the campaign did secure the support of the main opposition parties and the Scottish Government announced it would designate energy efficiency as infrastructure in June 2015.
Who was behind the campaign?
Twenty charities, not-for-profit organisations and trade associations from across the construction, housing and environmental sectors came together to demonstrate the broad support for the campaign:
- Aldersgate Group
- Association for the Conservation of Energy
- Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency
- Centre for Refurbishment Excellence
- Energy Bill Revolution
- Energy Saving Trust
- Federation of Master Builders
- Forum for the Future
- Friends of the Earth
- Green Alliance
- National Energy Action
- National Energy Foundation
- National Housing Federation
- National Insulation Association
- Sustainable Energy Association
- UK Green Building Council
We've produced a Storify, detailing the progress of the campaign, and which organisations and political parties have added their support and when. You can view the Storify below:
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