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DECC Ominshambles: Green Deal Killing Home Insulation

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Vern Pitt, Building.co.uk

Industry shocked as figures reveal cavity wall installations fell 97% in April compared with same month last year

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Installations of cavity wall insulation have collapsed under the Green Deal, falling a staggering 97% in April compared to last year, Building can reveal.

Figures collected by the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency, which monitors installations and guarantees issued, seen by Building, show only 1,138 installations were completed last month, down from 49,650 in April 2012.

Installations had averaged 40,000 a month throughout 2012 under the previous government insulation programmes the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Savings Scheme (CESP).

But these ended on 31 December 2012 and were replaced by the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation.

In the first four months of 2013 cavity wall installations averaged 11,000 a month – a fall of 73% on the 2012 monthly average – with April’s figure of 1,138 representing a new low.

Sustainability expert and David Strong said the numbers were “absolutely shocking”.

He said: “It is deeply concerning, particularly when measures like cavity wall insulation are the cheapest way of delivering energy savings.”

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