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UK must refurbish one house per minute
Published:  20 October, 2010

Transformation of the fabric efficiency of buildings across Europe is necessary to radically reduce energy use and carbon emissions, the Build with CaRe conference will hear today.

Transformation of the fabric efficiency of buildings across Europe is necessary to radically reduce energy use and carbon emissions, the Build with CaRe conference organised by the University of East Anglia (UEA) will hear today.

If action is not taken, rising fuel costs could bring large numbers of families into fuel poverty, with more vulnerable people unable to afford to keep warm in winter.

The scale of the task is huge. The low-carbon refurbishment of over 20 million existing homes by 2050 in the UK may cost £500 billion at the rate of £250 million each week – with one house needing to be refurbished every minute.

The conference Norwich from today to 22 October will bring together internationally-recognised experts to discuss new approaches and innovation.

Build with CaRe is an international project with the ambition to help mainstream low-energy construction in the North Sea region and across the EU.