Better Homes - EST
The Energy Saving Trust is the UK's leading impartial
organisation, helping people save energy and reduce carbon
emissions. By providing expert insight and knowledge, we enable
people to take action in their homes.
The UK has committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 80% by
2050 and just over a quarter of the UK's carbon emissions come from
our homes. This is a considerable challenge, but we believe it's
The Code for Sustainable Homes provides a clearly laid out
agenda to ensure higher levels of performance in new homes. There
is, however, a pressing need to radically boost the performance of
existing homes, and this will be a major undertaking in coming
So we're looking at a complete transformation of housing stock
over the next decades. For the housebuilding industry, that's a lot
of work - and a big opportunity.
We are starting to get the basics right - insulating lofts,
draught-proofing and buying more efficient appliances. But there
are the bigger fabric measures such as solid wall and floor
insulation, and of course own energy generation, which will really
start to make the difference.
Feed-in Tariffs are here and the Renewable Heat Incentive is to
come, so these are exciting times in the housebuilding, renovating,
and renewables industries.
We know consumers are becoming more sophisticated and demanding.
They want more technical advice on energy efficiency and
microgeneration tailored to their homes and their
In order to help the industry, Energy Saving Trust Housing
programme produces a range of technical guidance. Whether you're
looking to achieve high levels of energy performance in
refurbishment or meet levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the
technical guidance can help and it's available to download from www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/housing.
Home Improvements and Products
When you are buying insulation, lighting, glazing, heating or
appliances for your new build, refurbishment projects, or your
home, look for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo. This will
tell you that the product you are using is one of the most energy
efficient on the market. The logo only appears on products that
meet the Energy Saving Trust's strict energy efficiency performance
standards. It means that the energy saving measures you install
will achieve only the highest standards and save the end-user, and
the UK as a whole, even more energy.
"With the support of partner organisations like Jewson, we can
bring together our knowledge of both consumers and the trades to
help transform our housing stock, both in terms of building new
homes to the highest standards of energy efficiency and making big
strides forward in the retrofitting of our old, inefficient
houses." - Philip Sellwood Chief Executive of the Energy Saving