With the government announcing that those with houses to rent will have to install energy-efficient measures in properties that have the lowest energy performance ratings, now’s the time to start marketing your double glazed tilt and turn windows to landlords.
The majority of landlords won’t be affected by the changes because their properties will already be compliant. But if upgrades are deemed necessary, it will cost on average around £1,200 to improve an F or G rated house to a band E. Necessary measures include the likes of low energy lighting, more loft insulation and installing floor insulation. If upgrades cost more than £3,500, landlords can register for exemptions.
It’s thought that the upgrades will save tenants around £180 a year on bills. Next year, properties that have an energy performance certificate of F or G will have to be made warmer before they can be put on the rental market, with 290,000 properties affected – about 6% of the overall domestic market.
Claire Perry, energy and clean growth minister, said: “While the vast majority of landlords take great pride in the properties they own, a minority still rent out housing that is difficult to keep warm. 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.
“Everyone should be protected against the cold in their own home and today’s announcement will bring this reality closer.”
The announcement came just after the first ever Green GB Week, which took place between October 15th and 19th this year. The idea is to help drive the innovation necessary for clean growth, with trillions of pounds set to be invested across sectors including construction, transport and power.
The UK’s ambition is to be at the forefront of providing low-carbon technologies, systems and services as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. Businesses do have very real opportunities to drive down their emissions and costs through reducing energy waste, and those in the construction industry can take serious action to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
Approximately 75% of an industrial unit’s heat is actually lost through the building fabric (the roof, walls, windows, doors and floors), but adopting a fabric first approach can prove particularly beneficial.
Improving and maintaining the building fabric can reduce energy and maintenance costs, improve temperature control and thermal comfort for occupants, and boost compliance with regulation. The government has now set out a minimum efficiency requirement for both new build and existing buildings, which is certainly worth bearing in mind when it comes to the design and planning stage for construction.