Housing is of course a critical element of living. Good quality housing, built to proper modern building regulations and well insulated would go a long way to reducing fuel consumption and running costs and improving health. Its a definite all ways round win situation. The majority of the price of house purchase is in the value assigned to land, there is only a small marginal cost increase to building and renovating to a better quality. That addition cost could, in many cases, be offset against the reduced consumption in and running costs of such properties. We must be more active in promoting lower embedded energy materials, and recoverable, reusable materials in housing construction.

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