Retrofitting England’s homes could cut CO2 emissions by 84%

Friday March 26 2021

A new report by Historic England has concluded that retrofitting England’s Victorian homes could result in a significant cut to CO2 emissions, up to as much as 84%.

England’s housing stock is one of the oldest in Europe, with one in five buildings over a century old and in need of improvements. By bringing energy efficiency up to contemporary standards, retrofits would also cut emissions from Georgian terraces by 62%, 1900s terraces by 58%, Victorian semi-detached homes by 56% and Victorian terraces by 62%.

According to the research, the heating needs of homes vary considerably region by region. Emissions are currently 13.8% higher from traditional terraced homes in the North West compared to those in the South East.

The report comes hot on the heels of a backlash against an announcement this week that the government plans to spend £562m on upgrading 50,000 social homes. Alan Jones, president of the RIBA has decried the funding is ‘simply not enough’ and doesn’t acknowledge the scale of the problem.

Last month the government also said it was cutting around £2bn from its £3bn Green Homes Grant, leaving the scheme with just £320m until March 2022.
At The TP Group, much of our residential work involves refurbishment. Our fleet also has FORS Bronze accreditation demonstrating our commitment to reducing CO2 emissions.