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Insulation: Housing

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable has been set for his Department’s programme for the insulation of six million homes; and how many homes had been insulated under that programme at the latest date for which figures are available. (284041)

We continue to work with energy suppliers and the insulation industry towards the Prime Minister’s commitment to insulate six million households by the end of 2011. The contributing schemes are the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT); the Warm Front programme; the Decent Homes programme; and when it becomes operational, the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

We estimate that in 2008-09 around 1.5 million households received insulation under these schemes. Households may receive more than one insulation measure1 so the number of insulation measures delivered is greater than 1.5 million.

1 Ofgem’s final report of the second phase of the Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC2) concluded, on the basis of monitoring results, that each household that benefited from professionally installed insulation measures received on average 1.3 measures.