UK Government Pushes Energy Efficiency Home Upgrades

The” Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is pushing for more landlords to pay to improve the energy efficiency of the properties they rent out.

In April this year, regulations were introduced which meant that all rental properties in the UK needed to reach certain energy efficiency standards. The aim is ensure that tenants living in some of the country’s coldest homes aren’t being penalised and having to pay over the odds for their energy costs through no fault of their own.

Landlords have until the end of 2019 to make improvements to any properties they rent that have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of F or G. Without making these improvements, the properties cannot be listed for rental.

Initially the government provided financial support to landlords who needed to make improvements to their properties, but following a public consultation landlords will now be expected to contribute to the cost of upgrades.

According to the BEIS, this expense will be covered by the increased value of the property after the work is done.

Only if works cost over £3,500 can landlords apply for an exemption. However, the government estimates that it will cost an average of £1,200 to bring an F or G-rated home up to the minimum E standard that’s now required.

Claire Perry, energy and clean growth minister, explained that it is still a minority of landlords who are not compliant, and that this legislation will not affect the majority of those who offer homes in the private rented sector in the UK.

“Upgrading these homes so they are more energy efficient is one of the most effective ways to tackle fuel poverty and help bring down bills for their tenants, saving them £180 a year,” she stated.

It’s also an important step in reducing the country’s overall emissions and playing our part in tackling climate change.

There are many ways in which properties can be improved to make them more energy efficient, and not just in the private rented sector. Businesses that sell windows and doors to homes should consider how they can best explain the energy efficient properties of the products they stock.

For instance, when you are looking for an aluminium window supplier make sure that the products they provide have a polyamide thermal barrier that ensures their thermal performance is well over what’s currently required by building regulations.

Another environmental advantage to using aluminium windows or doors is that the material is infinitely recyclable. Recycling frames uses just five per cent of the energy required to produce them new.

For retailers, the drive to make rental homes more energy efficient is a great opportunity to highlight the advantages of aluminium products.

And it’s not only in existing buildings where we need to be thinking about energy efficiency. New builds should also be constructed with this firmly in mind. Planning and Building Control Today recently revealed that London has joined the C40 Cities group, and has committed to all new buildings operating at net zero carbon by 2030.

New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and Los Angeles are among the other urban hubs to have committed to the same target.