2000 and beyond
Wasteful homes ‘risk eco-targets’
Key environmental targets are “undeliverable” unless households cut the amount of resources they consume, a government-commissioned report warns.
The UK’s 21 million domestic dwellings are responsible for 27% of CO2 emissions, consume half of water supplies and produce 8% of all waste. Retrofitting existing technologies is the most cost-effective way to reduce households’ impact, the study says.
The efficiency of the current housing stock varies greatly because of a number of factors, including the age of the property, its size, and the inhabitants’ attitudes and habits.
At least 75% of existing properties are still expected to be in use by 2050, the year by which the government hopes to have cut carbon emissions by 60% from 1990 levels.
You cannot possibly deliver a 60% reduction by doing nothing to the existing housing stock.
England’s Aging Housing
- Built before 1919 4.5 million
- 1919-1944 3.9 million
- 1945-1964 4.4 million
- 1965-1980 4.7 million
- After 1980 3.7 million