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Hope for existing housing stock

by mel starrs on June 27, 2006

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Hot on the back of the launch of EcoHomesXB, is the news that a major project by the BRE is to look at Victorian dwellings and how they can be improved to meet today’s environmental standards.

Britain has the oldest housing stock in the developed world and much of this is represented by the Victorian terraced housing that characterises the centre of our urban areas. There is much talk about the house of the future and the regeneration of our older urban areas, but the reality is that, at current demolition rates, the average house will have to last for 1000 years before it is replaced.

Rather than knock them all down and start again (increasing the use of scarce resources), they are looking at the feasibility of keeping, and upgrading the buildings.

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