As a member of EPIC (Engineered Panels in Construction) we were very interested to read their new post addressing why refurbishing buildings is key to addressing the climate crisis.
Research done by Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group (LCICG), including the Carbon Trust in 2013 showed that upgrading non-domestic buildings so that they are energy efficient, and/or making use of low carbon technologies, could help the UK achieve by 2050:
- Carbon emissions savings of 86MtCO2
- Potential energy cost savings worth £13 billion
- Export opportunities worth £1.7 billion from the development of innovative products
They point out that Insulated Panels are a great option for refurbishing building envelopes, whether through over cladding of replacing existing elements, for a number of reasons. From a practical point of view, they are low weight and help support a quick installation, as well being available in a wide range of colours to lift the appearance of tired older buildings. However, it is their proven thermal performance which makes them an obvious choice for many non-domestic refurbishment projects looking to improve their energy efficiency.
We recommend reading the full article here.