Upgrading our existing building stock is an essential element of protecting the environment, and it also has the potential to create large numbers of jobs. Research published by Caleb Management Services in February 2009 examined the issues surrounding energy efficiency in non-domestic refurbishment. It concluded that refurbishing all existing non-domestic building stock in the UK alone by 2022 to Energy Performance Certificate level ‘C’ could achieve the following outcomes:
- CO2 savings – Annualised saving of 4.74M tons CO2-eq by 2022 equivalent to 2% of the reduction needed to achieve the 2022 CCC non-traded carbon target.
- Depending on the scheduling of work between 50,000 and 75,000 long-term jobs could be created or retained within the construction sector.
- Energy Cost Savings of £5.65 billion per year in 2022 with typical payback in less than 5 years (total energy cost saving of over £40 billion between 2010 and 2022).
- Energy Security – primary energy savings of 24,000 GWh per annum – equivalent to 1.25% of total UK primary energy requirements in 2022.
Insulated Panels are particularly well suited to refurbishment projects: whether over cladding or replacing existing elements. They are low weight, so have minimal impact on existing structures, and their effectiveness ensures a rapid simple payback on the original investment with immediate potential savings on energy bills.
A wide range of colours and profiles also lifts the appearance of tired older buildings, improving the built environment for those living and working in it.
For more information about insulated panels in refurbishment see the refurbishment section.