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Evaluation of a regional scale retrofit programme to upgrade existing housing stock to reduce fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions and support the supply chain

Patterson, Joanne 2016. Evaluation of a regional scale retrofit programme to upgrade existing housing stock to reduce fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions and support the supply chain. Presented at: Smart Energy Regions Conference 2016, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 11-12 February 2016. Published in: Patterson, Joanne and Varriale, Fabrizio eds. Proceedings of the International Conference 'Smart Energy Regions'. Cardiff: Welsh School of Architecture, pp. 132-142.

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Abstract

In 2007 the EU committed to move Europe to a low carbon economy and it was agreed that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions would be cut by at least 20% of 1990 levels by 2020 (European Commission, 2008). Following this the UK Climate Change Act 2008 (DECC, 2008) set a target of 80% reductions on 1990 baseline UK CO2 emissions levels by 2050. These legislative interventions need to be accompanied by significant changes to all sectors of the built environment at scale to enable the targets to be met. Retrofitting existing buildings is critical to making these cuts as 80% of buildings currently in existence will still be present in 2050. This paper will present an evaluation of a £9.6 million regional scale retrofit programme funded under the Welsh Governments Arbed 1 Programme which aimed to reduce fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions and support the energy efficiency and renewable supply chain and encourage recruitment and training in the sector. Results have been obtained from a desk top data collection and energy calculations based on property types and ages. The evaluation work presents the environmental, social and economic impacts of the programme and demonstrate the lessons learnt to help improve the implementation of the other regional retrofit projects providing evidence of the impacts of a large scale retrofit programme that are necessary for the deep carbon reductions required in the near future.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Welsh School of Architecture
ISBN: 978-1-899895-23-6
Funders: Cost European Cooperation In Science And Technology
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:57
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/89627

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