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Wrap then Heat – making our buildings healthier and cheaper to run

Sustainable Energy Association launches Wrap then Heat report today

A group of leading companies within the energy sector have today outlined a new strategy for making our homes healthier, cheaper to run and more sustainable.

Wrap then Heat, a report published by the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) recognises that supporting energy efficiency and low carbon heat should be a key objective of energy policy and addressing one without the other is sub-optimal for homeowners, investors and government.

The SEA is now calling on the Government to set out a clear long term strategy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s buildings and move to low carbon heating systems.

Commenting on the Report, Lesley Rudd said:

 “This report outlines polices and implementation approaches which can make the UK‘s buildings healthier and cheaper to run.  When buying a car many of us avoid “gas guzzling” inefficient models but running costs of homes are rarely given the same consideration despite lasting longer and costing us more.

The policy proposals in this report recognise the importance of buildings and their running costs. The report highlights the need for new buildings to be built to higher standards that minimise running costs and emissions, and for a major upgrade of existing buildings. It proposes policies to help move to a market where the running costs of a home are reflected in its value.

At a time when the Government is developing an Industrial Strategy and a Clean Growth Plan, a national strategy to address the standard of UK housing has the potential to modernise the UK’s aging buildings, improve the health of the people living in those buildings and create nationwide benefits and employment opportunities.”


The SEA is campaigning for domestic buildings to be up brought up to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C. If you want to support this campaign or would like information please contact Ron Bailey.


Notes to editors:

  1. The Sustainable Energy Association is a member based industry body offering innovative policy solutions that link up building-level technologies and the wider energy system to achieve a low carbon, secure energy future for the UK, benefits for UK consumers, and commercial growth for businesses working in the sector.
  1. Further details on the Sustainable Energy Association’s energy efficiency proposals can be found in the  Energy Efficiency – A Policy Pathway policy paper.
  1. The full SEA report can be found here

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Sustainable Energy Association: 0121 709 7740


Tuesday, March 14th, 2017