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New drive to make all rental properties improve energy efficiency

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private rented sector to become even more energy efficient.

The Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill is described by its supporters as being vital for the achievement of net zero - a buzzword term which means that the amount of carbon dioxide added by the country is no more than the amount taken away as a result of significant reductions in emissions. 

Backers of the Bill say it will help the government see that all private rental homes are EPC band C or below by 2028, and that all homes - including owner occupied ones - should be EPC band C by 2035. In addition mortgage lenders should ensure an EPC band C average for their portfolios by 2030.


Leading for the Bill in the House of Lords, Lord Foster says: “I have been campaigning on this Bill for over two years: it puts in place government policy, so I call upon ministers to support it and give time for it to receive a 2nd Reading in the House of Lords. This is essential for the achievement of net zero targets.”

And leading in the House of Commons, Sir David Amess adds: “This Bill will help my constituents to have lower fuel bills and it will help the government to achieve its net zero targets. I hope Ministers will support it.”



The measure is backed by the Sustainable Energy Association and its chief executive, Jade Lewis, comments: “We are incredibly hopeful that the Minimum Energy Performance Bill will receive the support it rightfully deserves so that it can deliver a lasting impact on the energy efficiency of homes up and down the country whilst addressing key public interest concerns such as unemployment, fuel poverty and climate change.

“The SEA is proud to have campaigned for this policy certainty over the past few years and I believe that we are closer than ever to the breakthrough we have been working towards.”

  • jeremy clarke

    No problem if the housing stock is all nice and modern but it simply is not! The victorians were great house builders but gave little thought to energy efficiency yet this housing stock makes up much of the UK housing. Set aside the cost, in many cases there are physical barriers to making certain properties efficient. Is the aim to leave thousands of properties empty or pull them down to start again? Given the UK cannot build new homes fast enough,what chance is there of redeveloping?

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    The great Tory way. Improve things at somebody else’s expense. With the tax burden we carry already no wonder some landlords are choosing the door with exit above.

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    We are carbon based animals, the carbon lifecycle is the human and other animals lifestyle.Therefore we are attacking our own lifestyle. It wont save any money because the cost of fuels is going up and up. Most houses are incapable of being upgraded to C due to them being all brick construction. Most insulations are oil based, and it appears that the Greenfell tower block which caught fire was due to it being clad for energy efficiency improvement.

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    The GOVT should concentrate on EPC of the new properties and forget about the existing ones. There are many properties that cannot achieve the required EPC


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