You Just Don’t Have The Bills You Would Have In A Normal House”.
tuesday, 06 march 2012 17:06
UK’s ITV News, 2 March 2012, reports on Build with CaRe’s Refurbishing Europe
“You just don’t have the bills you would have in a normal house”. This was the delighted response of one resident of Hastoe Housing Association’s new passivhaus certified homes at Wimbish in Essex filmed by ITV News. ITV filmed at Wimbish and in Norwich following the release of the Build with CaRe report Refurbishing Europe last month by UEA’s Bruce Tofield and Martin Ingham (see http://www.buildwithcare.eu/news/231-refurbishing-europe).
Presenter Emma Baker explained that there’s only one radiator in the house – in the bathroom – and this has yet to be turned on by the family with two small children who moved in over eight months ago.
In Norwich, Andrew Savage of Broadland Housing Association described how a cold and damp Victorian semi-detached home had been transformed through refurbishment with new insulation and triple-glazed windows. Once again, there’s not just the benefit of greatly increased comfort but also of far lower bills – so important in these financially difficult times. As Andrew explained, attention to detail is key, but, done well, such transformation of damp and unhealthy homes is essential if we are to tackle fuel poverty, a major problem in many EU countries.
Filmed at Wimbish, Bruce Tofield told Emma that, today, progress just isn’t fast enough either building new to passivhaus standard or in refurbishing the millions of homes and buildings that must be improved across the EU if we are to meet demanding targets to help tackle climate change. Member state governments and the EU must work together to accelerate progress – as Refurbishing Europe recommended. The transnational learning made possible by Build with CaRe shows how much can be achieved very quickly.