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Prime Minister Theresa May sets out missions in support of the Industrial Strategy

Views on the announcement of the Government’s new missions

Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association commenting on the announcement of the Government’s  new missions said ‘ I was delighted to be invited to hear in person the PM announce the mission relating to Clean Growth. The Sustainable Energy Association has continually stressed the important role our buildings play in society, in  offering homes, workspace, health, education, and much more. We have highlighted that as  we strive to increase national productivity, improve industrial competitiveness, reduce energy costs, provide sufficient homes and protect the environment for future generations, buildings are pivotal in our lives. This  announcement demonstrated the  Government’s recognition of this.

Reducing demand for energy in our buildings and decarbonising the heating of them are grand challenges which need to be addressed – and also grand opportunities. The SEA has long called for improved housing standards and clean heating technologies, therefore this announcement, which covers both new build and existing buildings, is very welcome. As the Prime Minister stated in the Clean Growth Strategy ‘clean growth is not an option but a duty we owe the next generation.”

In her announcement Theresa May stated that “we will use new technologies and modern construction practices to at least halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030. Heating and powering buildings accounts for 40 per cent of our total energy usage. By making our buildings more energy efficient and embracing smart technologies, we can slash household energy bills, reduce demand for energy, and meet our targets for carbon reduction. By halving the energy use of new buildings – both commercial and residential – we could reduce the energy bills for their occupants by as much as 50 per cent. And we will aim to halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings too. Meeting this challenge will drive innovation and higher standards in the construction sector, helping it to meet our ambitious homebuilding targets and providing more jobs and opportunity to millions of workers across the country. It will be a catalyst for new technologies and more productive methods, which can be exported to a large and growing global market for clean technologies.”

The Government is seeking feedback on the challenge, asking for thoughts on ‘How can our construction industry use its existing strengths to halve energy use in buildings?’. To get involved and share your thoughts visit

The recent blog by Lesley Rudd examines how housing has progressed 100 years after the Government promised ‘homes fit for heroes’ in 1918 following the end of the World War I

Extracts  below

“So, 100 years later how have things progressed? Well once again we have a housing crisis; young people with nowhere affordable to live and a severe lack of good quality homes.  Housing standards and ambition still fluctuate depending on the economic climate as they did in the 1920s. They also fluctuate depending on the political climate, as demonstrated by the scrapping of the zero carbon homes policy in 2015. “

“The houses built today should be around for the next 100 years, so we need to ensure they have minimal impact on the environment and health. This means reducing the emissions from our building stock by future proofing our homes. This can be achieved through improved thermal efficiency to reduce the need for heating and installing efficient and low carbon heating systems”

Read the blog in full here

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018