In the letter of response, the GGF outlined its support for the proposed requirements for ECO for the obligation period 2015-2017 and welcomed moves towards ensuring energy efficiency targets are met and households pay less in energy bills as a result of energy saving measures being installed.However, the GGF emphasized the important role glazing plays in the efficiency of homes, highlighting that up to 23% of a home’s heat energy can be lost through inefficient windows and urged that a whole house approach should be applied to make a home more energy efficient.
In addition the GGF recommended that glazing forms part of the provisions for ECO where possible and that Ofgem should include energy efficient windows as an eligible primary measure under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO), as windows carry much broader benefits for people including an improved environment, better lifestyles, health and wellbeing.
Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive commented “The installation of energy efficient glazing plays an important role in helping to create more energy efficient housing, and given its many benefits, the GGF believes that energy efficient glazing should be incentivised further in Government schemes. We will continue to work with Government where and when we can to benefit our Members and homeowners.
The GGF will continue to closely follow further developments within the ECO scheme and related Government energy efficient schemes to ensure Members are kept fully up to speed with any changes that may impact on their business.