Seriously, how long has this battered and bruised scheme got left? Within just a matter of days we have two new news stories both condemning the scheme in their own ways.
The first of the two nails came from Government Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. He confirmed that there would be no more funding from the Government to try and boost the appeal of the Green Deal to homeowners. It was thought that just a few weeks ago the Government may be prepared to spend more money on trying raise the scheme’s awareness and attractiveness to home owners.
Greg Barker said: “further government subsidies to interest rates or otherwise are unlikely to be possible in the short-term’ due to budget cuts.”
So, no lower interest rates. No extra cash back. No more incentives. The Government are now basically saying that if this is to work, we have to be the ones to do it. Problem is, we’ve all pretty much decided that it’s a dead duck. So time is now ticking on how long left this disaster of a scheme has to live.
The second nail in the coffin came in the form of a warning about certain properties being at risk of overheating due to Green Deal working being done. More specifically, detached south facing properties and high rise flats. Whilst it’s commendable for trying to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock, it seems that those in charge and rushed head on with these changes without thinking about what impact they could have during the summer months.
I don’t think this pretty important oversight would surprise many. There isn’t much trust out there for those supposed to be looking out for us. But it is yet another example of how this scheme has been poorly planned and poorly implemented.
During heatwaves, the Green Deal work carried out (if anyone actually has it done), could lead to an extra 3000 deaths. I have no idea how these figures are worked out, so I guess we should all take it with a pinch of salt. But I have often wondered how hot some people’s homes could get during the summer with all these energy efficient measures.
It does add fuel to the PassivHaus fire. Passiv buildings are built to not only keep heat in when required, but cool it when needed too. All with minimal fuss and reliance on expensive heating. I think if we are to really make a big difference when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint of the UK’s housing stock, we should be incorporating aspects of Passiv building techniques.
So far, less that 250 homes have agreed to have Green Deal work done, despite nearly 40,000 assessments.
How long left until we can close this very sorry case?