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Green Deal suffers fresh negative publicity

A Loughborough University report warning of the danger of homes overheating has resulted in more adverse publicity for the Green Deal.

Although emphasising the importance of improved insulation in homes to meet the UK’s legally-binding carbon emissions targets, the university’s department of civil and building engineering warned about the effect increased insulation and air tightness could have in some cases.

The BBC has reported that this could lead to “dangerously high levels” in some homes insulated under the Green Deal scheme.

Loughborough University’s Professor Chris Goodier told BBC News: “Overheating is like the little boy at the back of the class waving his hand. It is forgotten about because the other challenges are so big.”

The report also refers to information published by climate change experts last year that stated summer heatwaves are likely to increase, resulting in a rise in heat-related deaths.

Professor Goodier was quoted as describing the problem as “complex” and it was not always possible to identify houses most at risk from overheating.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has referred to its document on climate change to help address the problem.


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