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GBR Campaign News Nov 2010

Do you have a Grand Refurbishment Design?

Through the Great British Refurb campaign's connection with Grand Designs, which GBR champion Kevin McCloud presents, a fantastic opportunity has arisen to potentially feature a low energy home refurbishment project on the Channel 4 show. The producers of the programme are looking for a suitable project to film now for inclusion in next year's run of episodes. If you, your friends or family know of a suitable upcoming project please contact GBR Campaign Director Simon McWhirter by emailing him at

The project must be a high-end refurbishment that has not yet been undertaken as they will film through the life of the project from planning to completion.

Webinar available on demand
Great British Refurb Question Time

Last month we held a live webinar session with the Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker MP about the coalition goverment’s plans for a Green Deal, the package that will let you do a full home energy refurb at no upfront cost. Secretary of State Chris Huhne had to pull out at short notice but we were very pleased to have Greg join us on the day instead as he has direct ministerial responsibility for the Green Deal. To be frank, in terms of the policy detail we gained, we got a good deal out of it.

With campaign front-man Kevin McCloud and Knauf Insulation’s Head of External Affairs, David Adams, on the panel with Greg Barker, it proved to be a very lively session. More than 600 people registered to watch the webinar and hundreds of questions flowed in live. UK-GBC Chief Executive, Paul King, chaired the session and asked lots of questions from the GBR supporters, including one from Leanne Narewski on rented accommodation, one from Lorcan Anglin from Sheffield on energy assessment packages and one from Boyd Lee from Lanchashire on the Green Investment Bank.

Thank you to those supporters who took the time to email a question in advance and submit questions during the live session. Greg Barker committed to continue the discussion around the Green Deal between his department and the GBR campaign supporters so hopefully we’ll update you soon with an opportunity to put your question to DECC again.

• If you missed the live webinar watch it on demand here.
• Read a summary of the key points made by Greg Barker MP here.
• and there are also some pictures on the DECC’s Flickr account here.

Latest Green Deal announcement from DECC

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made some welcome new announcements about the Green Deal recently, clarifying the immediacy of the jobs it will create - a massive 100,000 new jobs in the home refurbishment sector by 2015.

He also revealed further details about how the Green Deal will apply to the private rented sector, confirming that all landlords will be able to access Green Deal finance at no upfront cost. The Secretary of State stated that “the forthcoming Energy Bill will create powers allowing any tenant asking for reasonable energy efficiency improvements to receive them from 2015 onwards”. Great news that shifts the burden onto the broadest shoulders for energy efficiency upgrades for the UK's millions of rental properties. And when the scheme is introduced, Local Authorities will be able to insist landlords upgrade the energy performance of the worst performing homes.
• To read the full announcement visit the DECC website here.

Oliver Heath becomes 75th SuperHome!

Popular Eco-celebrity, Interior Designer and TV presenter, Oliver Heath has become the 75th household to join the growing Old Home SuperHome network. Earlier this year Oliver began refurbishing his family home in Brighton and the finished article has achieved a 62% reduction in C02 emissions. We're very proud to have Oliver Heath's support for the Great British Refurb campaign and his new SuperHome status is a great achievement from a starting point that he himself described as a 'featureless 60's style house'! He has contributed several guest blogs to the campaign website about his low carbon home project:
Part 1: Can Eco Designer Oliver Heath bring character and sustainability to this featureless ‘60s House?
Part 2: Strip outs and structures
Part 3: It's a material world
Find out more about Oliver and his eco-chic home and design tips here

The Great British Refurb campaign is delighted to be a partner in the Old Home SuperHome project - which is operated by the Sustainable Energy Academy and the National Energy Foundation - and we're helping to promote their mission to inspire as many people as possible to learn how to eco-makeover their own homes – find out more about the network of SuperHomes that have all achieved greater than 60% reductions in their emissions here. And watch this space as we will be involved in the SuperHome Spring Opening - likely to be next April - when you will have the chance to visit one near you.

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