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Why refurbishment is the greenest way to go


Yes, or indeed follow the example of some of our enlightened neighbours in mainland Europe, who have had tax incentives and other finanicial structures and building regulations in place for decades encouraging landlords to thermally insulate and update their building stock. For example, 10-15 years ago Berlin was very busily adding insulation render systems (inward-opening tilt-and-turn) double glazing and energy efficient space and water heating boilers to existing built stock. It does however help if you have good solid building stock which has a reasonable shelf life in the first instance. From memory, Germany requires new housing to be designed for a minimum 80-year life as standard - something else that we might consider sensible for the environment, along with a great deal more that has been developed and proven on our doorstep.

Posted date

26 February, 2009

Posted time

4:18 am