We are committed to delivering environmentally-friendly, low-energy solutions for the built environment. We encourage promoters of new projects to consider the highest possible construction standards, ideally to Passive House Standards.
Such a decision will shortly no longer be an option but a requirement, given that the Government is committed to introducing Low Energy Buildings in the very near future, as a step towards a Low Carbon economy in the medium term. Furthermore, the Government is committed in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan to achieving 20% energy use reduction by 2020.
It is estimated that achievement will require energy retrofitting of up to 1,000,000 buildings by 2020 – this would require a rate of retrofitting far in excess of the historical rate. This will undoubtedly be the primary focus of the residential construction sector over the next 8 years, rather than new-builds.
However, the previous practice of shallow energy retrofits will not be sufficient to deliver the required savings – greater breadth and depth of retrofitting will be required. This will necessitate a case-by-case feasibility study of the retrofitting potential of up to 1,000,000 homes by qualified experts. Survey & Design is ideally positioned to facilitate the required retrofitting revolution & intends to be at the forefront in the delivery of significant energy savings in the residential & commercial built environment.