Drastic action needed to raise construction standards say researchers
Today’s houses use more energy than previously expected according to study
Current construction standards will leave a legacy of health problems, high energy bills and excessive carbon emissions, researchers at the University of East Anglia have warned.
A four-year research project has found that buildings frequently use more energy than predicted due to construction defects caused by lack of communication between designers and builders.
According to the Delivering a low-energy building report, houses built today are likely to leave Britain unable to meet climate change targets and could create health problems due to poor interior air quality.
Researchers at the university’s Adapt Low Carbon Group have called on the construction industry to adopt Passivahus standards in a bid to reduce energy requirements by up to 90%.
Report author and Adapt associate Bruce Tofield said: “There is huge concern everywhere about the lack of investment in housing and the housing shortage. But this report highlights another housing crisis which is less visible today but could be equally damaging over time.
“Building as we do today could create a disastrous legacy spanning many decades of higher bills, poorer health, and the country unable to meet climate change targets.
“The good news is that both housing crises can be solved with great benefit both to individuals and to the economy. We need to build new homes – but we also need to do it right.”