Domestic buildings should be a priority for both research and demonstrator programmes to work towards minimising heat loss and promoting efficient use of heat, according to an informal survey of attendees at an Academy meeting on Heat held on 22 January 2009.

Organised jointly with the Energy Research Partnership and the Energy Technologies Institute, the meeting brought together UK experts to discuss the policy issues involved in addressing carbon emissions generated through heating and the technologies that are available. It also covered industrial processes and infrastructure issues such as heat networks and combined heat and power systems.

Creative solutions will be required to address the problem – space and water heating in domestic properties will be critical to our energy strategy leading to 2050 but over 70 per cent of the 2050 housing stock already exists. Knocking these houses down and rebuilding them would cost trillions of pounds and involve a carbon payback time of over 100 years so solutions will be needed that can be incorporated into existing properties.

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