Analysis: Does the Heat and Buildings Strategy stand up to scrutiny?

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Thomas Lane dives deep into a government initiative that promised much but has delivered rather less – and then compares it with LETI’s retrofit guide

Earlier this year, reports suggested that people would be forced to rip out functioning gas boilers and replace them with expensive heat pumps. Instead, the heat and building strategy was launched last week with the promise of £5,000 grants to replace fossil fuel boilers with heat pumps. 

And, without a hint of compulsion, Boris Johnson said: “The greenshirts of the boiler police are not going to kick in your door with their sandal-clad feet and seize, at carrot-point, your trusty old combi.”

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