Kevin McCloud and Philip Sellwood at the launch of the Great British Refurb campaign


This morning I helped to launch the Great British Refurb campaign with Kevin McCloud and Ed Miliband in Westminster ahead of the Government’s announcement on its White Paper tomorrow.

I also caught up with Greg Clark MP, Shadow DECC Secretary, and a whole host of other MPs who are throwing their support behind our campaign.


Just to give some perspective on why this campaign is so important – nearly a quarter of all UK homes (an estimated 6.3 million homes) still need cavity wall insulation and nearly half of all UK homes need more loft insulation. Insulating these would save nearly 7 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2 a year. That’s the equivalent of having more than 2 million fewer cars on the UK’s roads.

There are an estimated 7 million un-insulated solid walls. If all these walls were dealt with, around 11 million tonnes of CO2 would be saved. That’s the equivalent of having 3.5 million fewer cars on the UK’s roads, and would save the same amount of CO2 as is currently produced by two million households – around 8 per cent of all UK homes, or nearly two thirds of all the homes in London.

Why not click here to visit the Great British Refurb website where you can sign up and support the campaign?