On 12 February, Ed Miliband, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, launched the Heat and Energy Saving Strategy (HES), the latest government proposal for turning our existing housing stock into low carbon and low energy environments.
Mark Barsby, Technical Manager at Deceuninck, received details of the Strategy with high hopes, but was bitterly disappointed. He says, “The Strategy contains many ambitious proposals that could have far-reaching consequences. But it doesn’t take into account the part that thermally efficient doors and windows can play.”
His comments were made in an article that acts as a rallying call to our industry to make a stand for its survival in the face of the government’s ignorance of the part we can play in a more energy-efficient future. Elsewhere in the article he says, “It would seem that once again the loft and cavity wall insulation industries have influenced and lobbied in all the right places and they will continue to benefit from these proposals because under this Strategy all homes are to have cavity wall and loft insulation where practical by 2015. On the other hand, our own industry represented by our trade associations, appear not to be making the right connections.
“That is why I would urge everyone connected to this great industry to log onto http://hes.decc.gov.uk/ and take part in the Strategy’s consultation process. And don’t forget to include why Energy Saving Windows should be included in the Government proposals. Apart from the very obvious environmental benefits of energy-efficient windows, as an industry we are fighting for our very survival. Is that what the government wants during the worst economic downturn in living memory? The consultation is running from 12 February to 8 May 2009 and there are 29 detailed questions that require a response. Don’t leave it to someone else to do for you and please do it before the consultation closes on 8 May 2009.”