Energy bills at a row of Swansea Valley bungalows which have been re-fitted with solar panels and a Tesla battery have dropped to just a pound a week. The six council-owned properties in Craigcefnparc have undergone a wholesale transformation in a pilot project which is expected to be rolled out across Swansea and south west Wales. The idea is that 7,000 properties will be retrofitted across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire over five years, with a further 3,000 energy-efficient houses built.
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The government should launch an ambitious retrofitting programme to spur the UK’s recovery from coronavirus, industry organisations have said. The UK Green Building Council – a supporter of the AJ’s RetroFirst campaign for re-use in construction – joined with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), in pointing to the potential for refurbishing buildings as part of widespread calls for the government to prioritise a ‘green economic recovery’. Last week (6 May) the government’s official environmental adviser, the Committee On Climate Change (CCC), wrote to Boris Johnson calling for a ‘resilient recovery’ and arguing that the nation’s ‘credibility as an international leader rested on taking action at home’ ahead of the UK hosting the COP26 UN climate talks next year. Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC said: ‘We particularly welcome [the CCC’s] focus on investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure, improving green spaces and making our homes fit for the future.
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