Government announces plans for super efficient homes

You would have to have been hiding in a darkened room to be unaware of the looming changes to EPC requirements, and in line with this, the government have just announced plans to create swathes of energy efficient homes under a new Clean Growth strategy.

The plans, announced by the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) were unveiled as a way to realise a low-carbon future for the UK, and will go hand-in-hand with next year’s EPC overhaul.

As well as committing to make as many homes as possible at least a C rating on the EPC scale by 2035, the document outlined a number of changes in the property sector, some which will have a significant impact on landlords:

  • Continued support for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) policy.
  • Improve standards in new boiler installations.
  • A consultation in 2018 on how to make the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in the private rental sector more effective – great news for landlords who are working towards
  • A clear link between cold homes and ill health, which costs the NHS £760m per year.
  • The 2032 Pathway, which could see millions more properties insulated, especially those in fuel poverty.
  • A commitment for a review of building regulations for energy efficiency, following the current review on regulations (The Grenfell Review) for both domestic and non-domestic buildings – it is expected that this review will have a direct impact on additional legislation, such as fire safety, which is likely to have an impact on day-to-day administration requirements.
  • Work with the industry to enable the Each Home Counts review.
  • Use smart meter data to promote energy efficiency.
  • Reform of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to focus on long-term decarbonisation.

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