The UK’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions is now a legal obligation. Under the Climate Change Act 2008, emissions are to fall by 26% by 2020 and by 80% to 2050. This sets a clear challenge for our built environment, which represents nearly half of the UK’s total carbon usage.
This is a significant challenge for the UK where there are 26 million existing homes and just fewer than 2 million non-domestic buildings in the UK that contribute significantly to the carbon footprint of our built environment. The majority of these buildings will still be standing in 2050 but we are ready with solutions today that can provide a green retrofit and reduce the energy demand of the UK’s existing building stock.
In collaboration with partners, including the Energy Savings Trust, the National Refurbishment Centre, Leeds and Salford Universities Saint-Gobain embarks on a variety of practical research projects. These projects aim to further our understanding of how to transform the energy performance of the UK’s existing building stock and how products and solutions perform at their best according to different building types.
In this section you can find out about some of these ground-breaking projects.