Let’s not be naive. Consulting on ways to improve the energy performance of existing buildings is essential in identifying practical solutions in the fight against climate change (“Energy junkies”, 20 March, page 35)

However, the findings will only generate tangible delivery if, first and foremost, they make financial sense and, second, someone takes responsibility for implementing them. The energy-efficient measures identified need to be just as easy, if not easier, for people to put into action as to ignore, with the financial gains being the deciding factor. And recommendations alone are just not going to cut it – to incite behavioural change in the masses requires leadership, commitment and sheer determination.

Anyone up for the job?

Paul Roche, director, SIG Sustainable Products