The controversial HomeBuilder scheme could come with a big upside: making old homes more energy efficient.
It's not easy to choose between the costly hassle of renovating and the expensive upheaval of selling up, and buying a new property.
A long-term housing stimulus package that focuses on retrofitting to cut energy demand would also help households repay the debts being accumulated during this crisis.
Looking nostalgically to the past, a young architect sought to revive the building as a bulwark to the uncertainty of the Industrial Revolution.
Renovations can create more waste than new constructions – but they don't have to.