When it comes to saving money on energy, the basic construction and efficiency of our homes is probably the main factor. If your home is leaky, under-insulated, poorly constructed and cold, you will use much more energy than you should need to. So the construction industry now have legislation which they must adhere to in making homes warm and cheaper to heat.
Despite them already doing a pretty good job, the construction industry have recently been given a further boost to encourage even more innovation in the area of energy efficiency in building. The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has been sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to invest £60m into the construction industry to inspire further development and design. This money will be invested via the Low Impact Building Innovation Platform.
Furthermore other government agencies and industry investment will lead to another £90m being added to the pot. Overall, the construction industry will see £150m going into new ideas which could end up saving us all money. The money will be distributed to firms involved in designing new and retrofit energy saving measures such as eco-radiators, solar systems, central heating, underfloor heating and new construction methods.
The scheme has been backed by the business secretary Vince Cable who has stated that new and existing buildings need to adjust to the low carbon economy and that investment in construction projects is vital in achieving the aim of a 50% reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2050.
The industry agrees with this viewpoint. The Technology Strategy Board says that impressive savings in energy have already been made due to technology changes made so far – this investment will lead to even more improvements.
For anyone who is building a new home – even if it as an individual, it is incredibly important to get the heating right from the start. This could mean installing solar panels. solar thermal, ground
source or air source heat pumps, low energy radiators, underfloor heating and so on. The aim is reduce the use of fossil fuels and using renewable sources of electricity backed up by electric heating options is an ideal way to achieve this.
It is expected that electrical forms of heating will become standard in new homes as time goes on as it is cleaner and can be more efficient, if well designed. This new investment could lead the way to even more innovation and great ideas for better forms of heating and could even mean lower energy usage for us all.