You stopped short of the obvious conclusion. Architects must argue for more re-use of old buildings.
I've spent 25 years designing places with the people that live in them and know that to do this kind of design when there is no money to realise the visions created can squander precious energy and hope.
Let's make sure there's some funding to enable those people that live in those places now to live in them later.
Maybe a credible housing policy might help
i'm still stunned by the cognitive disconnects laid out here. If we don't drastically curb our emissions soon, this bit of the South East will be at risk of flooding within a financially risky timescale, and building more airports makes the hope of curbing those emissions that much more remote.
If we can't wean ourselves off the assumption of the need to travel so much we need to find another way of doing it.
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Lets not get the baby thrown out with the bath water on this. I agree with why it has failed so far, but in the current hostile government climate wrt 'green crap' let's not lose sight of the fact that a mechanism for paying as you save instead of 100% free measures is the only way to get out housing stock up to the required standard.
On VAT, its skewing in favour of new build has made any form of refurbishment more difficult than it need be for decades and 5% across the board would be so much easier. However, depending on how the current battle with the European Commission goes most energy efficiency work is already rated at 5% for VAT.
charlie baker - urbed + carbon coop
Doesn't that make a nonsense of this law when 2 of the finest architect's on the planet can't be called architects in this country.