Energy Efficiency Regulations Being Breached by the Millions
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Energy Performance Certification is necessary when a home is being rented out, and this is being overlooked by a staggering three quarters of rentals being carried out currently. It would appear that literally millions of renters are turning a blind eye to the law that requires energy efficiency to be divulged to prospective renters, buyers or constructors. The certification is mandatory for all advertisement for property. A mere 26% of privately rented homes in Wales and England are complying with this ruling. Rental turnover rates stand at 20 months and no major improvements are being enforced by the compliance certification. 95 % of domestic sales and 75% of social housing being offered for rental are complying with the new regulations as opposed to only 39% of commercial rentals and these figures could indeed be worse if records are not being kept meticulously as this would result in inaccurate figures.
The need to raise energy efficiency in housing in the UK is vital and the Energy Performance Certificate is part and parcel of the Green Deal that has been initiated to improve energy consumption and reduce energy losses caused by old boilers and a lack of sufficient insulation which results in heat loss causing a higher consumption of energy resources. These certificates are supposed to be used as tools for the improvement of energy efficiency of buildings by owners, and as a guideline to prospective buyers and renters as to the rating of the property they are interested in, and improvements that have to be made to save on carbon emissions that increase with inefficiently and in adequately upgraded buildings. Prospective renters and buyers should be able to access the information contained in these certificates to make their decision on whether to buy or rent a particular residence or business premises.
It would appear that the private rental sector is the biggest problem with the most inefficient properties, and households living in fuel poverty. Greenhouse gas emissions and fuel poverty are causes that need to be acted upon, and prospective tenants and buyers are being denied access to the Energy Performance certificate which would allow them to make better informed decisions about properties that are for sale or rent, thus denying them the choice of a home that is more energy efficient that will in due course reduce their monthly heating and energy bills.
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