Energy efficiency regulations to be presented to Parliament

Ed Davey, the energy and climate secretary, will present the regulations on energy efficiency in parliament on Thursday. Campaigners have hailed the move as potentially the most significant piece of legislation in a generation aimed at improving building stock in England and Wales.

The regulations will force landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of hundreds of thousands of homes currently rated F and G to a minimum of E by 1 April 2018 – or face being unable to let them until they improve the rating.  From 1 April 2016, tenants living in F- and G-rated homes will also be able to request improvements such as more insulation. The landlord will then be legally bound to bring the home up to an E-rating.

John Alker, acting CEO of the UK Green Building Council, said: “This could be the single most significant piece of legislation to affect our existing building stock in a generation, affecting a huge swath of rented properties. Government deserves huge credit for sticking to its guns. Some will undoubtedly cry ‘red tape’, but good landlords and forward-thinking property companies have nothing to fear.”

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