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Green housing

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The principles for building a resilient recovery:

Low-carbon retrofits and buildings that are fit for the future.

Infrastructure to make it easy for people to walk, cycle, and work remotely.


The government wants to stimulate the construction industry:

New planning bill proposed – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And there’s a certain impatience to get going:

Biodiversity Net Gain: of newts and planning – Vision Group for Sidmouth


There are a lot of basic, outstanding questions:


Where are we going to build our new housing?

Affordable housing in Sidbury – Vision Group for Sidmouth

How are we going to build our new housing?

Self-build housing for Sidmouth – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Powering housing with clean energy – Vision Group for Sidmouth

The energy-saving, social housing revolution > Passivhaus for the mass market – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Who are we going to build our new housing for?

Rural Housing Week – and housing rural key workers – Vision Group for Sidmouth

A solution to our housing problems: co-living and co-existence – Vision Group for Sidmouth


Last month, the Committee on Climate Changes set out “the principles for building a resilient recovery” – including “Low-carbon retrofits and buildings that are fit for the future” and “Infrastructure to make it easy for people to walk, cycle, and work remotely”:

A green new deal for the UK? – Vision Group for Sidmouth


The government’s mini-budget has just promised a lot of money for ‘green homes’ – but there’s been a mixed reaction:

Free home insulation: Too good to be true? – BBC News

Green Homes Grant: £2bn insulation scheme could support over 100k jobs – UK Investor Magazine

Government’s new green homes grant welcomed by landlords | Property Reporter

UK government’s £3bn energy efficiency plan ‘not yet a green recovery’ | Financial Times

The Green Homes Grant is a bad deal for you and for the climate | WIRED UK


Other bodies have been coming up with ambitious plans for ‘green housing:

A green recovery is the only recovery – CMI

Responding to the ‘new deal’, we call for greater green ambition and share our vision – CPRE, the countryside charity


This is from the New Economics Foundation:



The macroeconomic impacts of a UK whole house retrofit programme

Several organisations and groups across the political spectrum have called for an economic stimulus of building retrofits, including Policy Exchange, McKinsey, Confederation of British Industry, Local Government Association, the Green Finance Institute and most recently the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group. This report adds to that growing list, but we go further and model a radical scenario where around 9m UK homes receive whole-house retrofit measures over the remaining course of this parliament, saving around 15% of total domestic energy demand. This is not only necessary but is also feasible. Through our bottom-up assessment of jobs and comprehensive policy proposals, we add the ​how’ to the growing calls for housing retrofit to be a key part of a green recovery.

A green stimulus for housing | New Economics Foundation


Beware, though, plans for East Devon, which look far from ‘green’:

Proposals for thousands of houses in East Devon, as part of new plan to 2040 – Claire Wright


More of this later…