Fresh research has endorsed a national drive for energy efficient housing in a move that could impact on builders.

The report in question was independent and the result of work by Frontier Economics. It has argued that taking a national approach to boosting domestic energy efficiency could create in excess of 100,000 jobs. Such a policy might also support UK energy security, meaning that builders involved in home renovations in Chester may be inspired to take energy efficiency more seriously than ever before. Sarah Deasley, the director of Frontier Economics, has said:

“The Government has identified productivity as one of the key economic challenges of our time. Our analysis shows an energy efficiency programme can boost UK productivity and has comparable economic benefits to other major infrastructure projects, providing excellent value for money.

“There is a strong case for energy efficiency to be made an infrastructure investment priority.”

Campaigner Ed Matthew has added his voice to the call for more energy efficient homes that might involve the use of green building materials. He has argued that there should be a renewed emphasis on better housing to cut bills and help people keep warm during the winter.

Richard Gillies, who has been focusing on sustainability on behalf of Kingfisher, has stressed that a new approach to housing could have a range of positive effects. Firstly, it could lead to lower energy consumption, which would benefit the environment. Secondly, it might have a catalytic influence on the UK economy, and it would not just be bill payers who may win from the potential policy.