This blog has been full of the Open Homes project I organised last year and am again helping this year - it was therefore great to hear about the Great British Refurb campaign with Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs and other organisations.
Kevin McCloud launches the Great British Refurb, as Grand Designs joins forces with the WWF, the UK Green Building Council and the Energy Saving Trust. Photograph: Channel 4's Grand Designs
Our existing homes are responsible for 27% of the UK's carbon emissions and the Great British Refurb campaign is calling on government to make energy efficient home refurbishment easier, more affordable and more attractive for UK home-owners and landlords. The specific calls by the campaign on the Government are to:
1. Offer households new ways to pay for green refurbishment, which would significantly reduce upfront costs and instead spread them over a longer period of time.
2. Provide better financial incentives for householders to refurbish their homes to make them greener and more energy efficient, through substantial government grants, subsidies or tax rebates.
3. Ensure installers are qualified and approved to undertake the work.
Show your support for the campaign by signing the campaign petition: www.greatbritishrefurb.co.uk
Kevin McCloud is handing the petition signatures in to 10 Downing Street next Tuesday morning (14th July) so please sign up now and encourage your friends and family to sign up too.