How will housing meet the 80% carbon challenge?

Published:  30 June, 2009

With the Government committed to an 80% cut in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, this year’s Building Research Housing Group annual conference – at BRE Watford on 2 July – will explore how carbon emissions from housing can be reduced in line with this goal.

The housing sector accounts for around 27% of the UK’s total carbon emissions, so deep cuts in the sector’s emissions are essential if the overall target is to be met. The fact that this country has the oldest housing stock in the developed world, most of which will still be here in 2050, means that a great many homes will need to be upgraded to reduce their emission levels. The BRHG conference will address this extensive refurbishment challenge. 

Chaired by Roger Ford, director of operations, de Montfort Housing Society, the conference will feature a distinguished list of speakers. They will discuss a range of key refurbishment issues (including sustainability and financing), present case studies and demonstration projects, and draw on buildings ranging from 1930s terrace houses to Passivhaus homes. There will also be Q&A sessions and networking opportunities.

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