Let the real world Great British Refurb commence
Thursday, 05 April 2012 11:19
A few years ago, the Great British Refurb started as a campaign with the main objective of making home eco-refurb easier, more affordable and more attractive to the British public. In fact, looking back in the first blog on our site in mid-'09, we said that "we want the government to make it easy for you [to do a home energy refurbishment] by providing finance that you repay out of the savings you make on your energy bills… If it is good enough for the government to provide funding to scrap your car then it is good enough for them to help you improve your home. Better still, if they did, they’d help create thousands of ‘green collar’ jobs."
So it is with a not insignificant amount of pride that we regard the impending Green Deal (due on shelves at the end of 2012). This new government policy will enable exactly what we set out to achieve - it allows home owners to eco-refurb their homes without any upfront costs, and some other financial incentives are set to be implemented for people whose homes are at the upper end of the energy efficiency scale.
Without blowing our own trumpet too much, we think the GBR did more than its bit to make this happen. We have acted as a convenor, catalyst and cattle prod to many of the changes over the last few years – not least through the direct lobbying efforts or Kevin and our wider team. Before it was on the mainstream agenda, we got all the main political party energy and climate change Minsters and shadows - to help us build an insulated house at Parliament, delivered a thousands-strong petition to No.10, worked with many other organisations on the Demand a Better Bill campaign, we ran a refurb competition and a film competition and Kevin took on the minister in a numerous live debates.
As the landscape of home refurbishment is about to change dramatically, it is time for the GBR to change too. We will no longer continue to exist as a campaign but both WWF UK and the GBC will continue to work on energy efficiency policy.
We would like to thank you for your support through the years. If you are an individual and you would like to join WWF’s campaigns and see how you can make a difference, please register here. As a business you can also become a UKGBC member.
The GBR campaign ran from 2009 to 2012 and ended with the passing of the green deal legislation.Here are our successes
The campaign was set up three years ago with the ultimate aim of making it easier for owners to eco-refurb their homes. And to a massive extent we achieved just that. The Green Deal, which is a government policy which will enables all of us to refurb our homes with no upfront costs is a game changer and we are proud to have been a catalyst and indeed on occasion cattle prod to that happening. So now when the landscape of home refurb is changing dramatically, it is time for us to take a back seat too and let the politicking end and the real world Great British Refurb commence.