Industry body the Sustainable Energy Association is calling for MPs, Lords and the government to support the Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill when it is introduced in both Houses this week.

The Bill, which would mean all private rented sector homes would need to be EPC band C by 2028, advances the government’s energy efficiency commitments set out in the Energy White Paper and aims to help achieve net zero and lower household fuel bills.

Jade Lewis (pictured), association chief executive, says it hopes the Bill receives the support it deserves.

“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,” she says.

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“We are 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.”

Many in the PRS have voiced concerns that the deadline puts too much pressure on landlords, particularly following Covid, and could threaten already strained stock levels. 

Last November, we reported that the Lettings Industry Council had written to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, urging a more staggered approach to improving energy standards in the private rented sector than those put forward by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) measure the efficiency of a home, rated from A – G; two-thirds of UK homes fall below the average band C.

Read more about the controversy surrounding EPC Band C ratings.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Three points:

    1. Why only the PRS? To have any meaningful effect this should apply to ALL housing. Applying it only to the PRS is pointless and smacks of anti-landlordism.

    2. Where are all the tenants going to live when LLs leave the PRS? Out of 11 properties I have only 4 that I will keep if EPC C comes in. The cost to bring the other 7 upto standard is too high to be cost effective.

    3. Electric heating is greener than gas, yet scores so badly on EPCs that it is impossible to get to a C. The irony is that it is the cost of electric heating that scuppers the EPC rating – 40% of which is green subsidies foisted onto the greenest form of heating! Remove this cost, the price of electricity drops & hey presto EPC C becomes achievable!

  2. Jade Lewis doesn’t seem to have a grasp of the situation , I’m unsure how decimating the PRS would improve unemployment rates.
    The suggestion it will help fuel poverty misses the big picture. If the EPC changes are brought in the impact will be far fewer properties to rent , those that are will be priced far higher both due to supply and demand and the cost to improve the fuel efficiency. So , OK marginal reductions in fuel bills contrasted to significantly higher rent costs.

    These left wing do gooders have so little understanding of the real world they are really dangerous. Higher rents, fewer available properties and significantly more homelessness, but hey that’s all due to money grabbing heartless landlords

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