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Green Deal woes: Costs of retrofit remain too high

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A study by a leading government advisory body has found that the costs of retrofitting still remain too high to be covered by the Green Deal

According to the Technology Strategy Board’s Retrofit for the Future programme, the high costs of retrofit were caused by a lack of experienced practitioners and difficulties in sourcing the products and technologies required.

A report to be released next week entitled Retrofit insights: perspectives or an emerging industry from the Institute for Sustainability and UCL’s Energy Institute looked at eight London based retrofit projects.

The sample included semi-detached, detached and terraced properties built between the late 19th and late 20th centuries.

The retrofits investigated by the report were found to halve carbon emissions and generated high levels of occupant satisfaction but each project in the study cost in excess of £100,000 outweighing the finance available for Green Deal customers.

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