Insulation programme 'could create jobs in Scotland'
Members of the Scottish Green Party have highlighted the considerable benefits to the nation as a whole that could be reaped through the delivery of a widespread initiative for the retrofitting of residential properties with the recommended levels of insulation.
Entitled Jobs in Scotland's New Economy, the new research paper has estimated that as many as 10,000 additional jobs could be created across Scotland in the next 20 years through a shift to more green policies, including the delivery of better-insulated homes.
The report stated: "The priority should be proven and established solutions: loft and wall insulation, boiler replacement, installing double or ‘secondary’ glazing and draught-proofing windows and doors.
"As well as insulating, the retrofit teams could install solar hot water, ground source heat pumps or solar PV on site, depending on the suitability of local roofs and gardens.”
It went on to add that improving the underlying structure of buildings across Scotland will play a crucial role in developing an economy based more on sustainable principles and practices, while at the same time, these efforts will help to tackle the ongoing issue of fuel poverty in many areas.
Understanding the importance of ensuring homes are effectively insulated is one of the cornerstones of achieving improved energy efficiency for households in the years ahead. It is therefore important that the government takes its responsibilities seriously to help those most in need of this support.
Bolstering housing renovation numbers is also highlighted in the report as a win-win in terms of economic stability, as thousands of skilled jobs will be created should these proposals be rolled out to the full.