RIBA has called on architects to play a greater role in the government’s retrofitting programme
The institute commented that, while the government’s programme of energy upgrades to existing buildings will lead to a reduction in greenhouse emissions, the timescales must be more ambitious.
Furthermore, RIBA states that funding must be conditional on proper attention to design and called on the government to reduce VAT on repairs and refurbishments to 5 per cent as soon as possible.
Ewan Willars, head of policy at RIBA said: ‘Refurbishing homes to become more energy efficient has significant architectural implications on the interior and in many cases on the exterior of houses, which is why architects have an important part to play in retro-fitting – and why we believe that government funding has to take good design into account. And if the government is serious about tackling emissions from our existing homes, it must reduce VAT on repairs and refurbishment to 5 per cent as soon as possible.’