What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

With some of the worst levels of energy efficiency in Europe, Britain’s housing stock is in urgent need of a plan to encompass wishes, grants to alleviate fuel poverty as well as installer training. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, provides his views in his column for the July/August issue of Energy … Continue reading What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

The important role energy performance certificates can play to encourage low carbon home heating

Andrew Warren, chair of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, explores the potential future for building Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as the UK shifts towards lower carbon home heating in an article first published on the Business Green website.   What role could EPCs play in the crucial shift towards low carbon home heating? The days … Continue reading The important role energy performance certificates can play to encourage low carbon home heating

UK manufacturers legally required to make spare parts available for all electrical products

Right to repair rules will extend lifespan of products, the UK government says. Products such as washing machines, TVs and fridges should become easier to repair and cheaper to run under new rules coming into force. Lois Mackenzie discusses latest developments in an article on The Manufacturer website.   New right to repair rules for … Continue reading UK manufacturers legally required to make spare parts available for all electrical products

Need to improve energy performance certificates for buildings

Freya Wise, PhD Candidate in Sustainability and the Built Environment at The Open University in the UK writes on The Conversation website about the shortcomings of energy performance certificates (EPCs) and the need to improve them, especially for pre-1945 homes in Britain. What is the experience in your country? How we measure energy efficiency in … Continue reading Need to improve energy performance certificates for buildings

Don’t scrap Energy Performance Certificates – redesign them like a food label

Elmhurst Energy, the UK's largest accreditation scheme for energy assessors, gives its views on how EPCs should be re-designed in Britain. What are your views?   Don’t scrap EPCs, but redesign them to show cost, carbon AND energy metrics, says Elmhurst Energy MPs shouldn’t misunderstand the fundamental value of EPCs But new opportunities could transform … Continue reading Don’t scrap Energy Performance Certificates – redesign them like a food label

Calls for longer net-zero regulatory roadmap for commercial and industrial buildings in England and Wales

The introduction of new rules in England and Wales on measuring the energy performance of commercial and industrial buildings is a vital step forward. The British Property Federation, however, is calling for a longer net-zero regulatory roadmap beyond 2030, to give the sector more time to make the necessary changes. An article on the Property … Continue reading Calls for longer net-zero regulatory roadmap for commercial and industrial buildings in England and Wales

Addressing Britain’s energy-inefficient building stock: a system-wide perspective is needed rather than passing the buck down to homeowners or housebuilders

Sankar Sivarajah, Head of School of Management and Professor of Technology Management and Circular Economy at the University of Bradford provides his views in an article on The Conversation website on how to improve Britain’s energy-inefficient housing stock. What are your views? The UK has some of the least energy-efficient housing in Europe – here's … Continue reading Addressing Britain’s energy-inefficient building stock: a system-wide perspective is needed rather than passing the buck down to homeowners or housebuilders

America’s energy transition: what the Trump administration is doing to energy efficiency standards

The US President has waged a war against energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, washing machines, boilers, cars - and now even showerheads, writes Andrew Warren, a former special advisor to the UK House of Commons environment select committee, first published on the Business Green website.   On Seinfeld, shower heads, and Trump's war on efficiency … Continue reading America’s energy transition: what the Trump administration is doing to energy efficiency standards

Post-Brexit energy performance standards: to be more ambitious?

The UK Government claims it wants to take the opportunity to set more ‘ambitious’ rules after the end of the post-Brexit transition period. This obviously means that the UK will not stay in ecodesign that is the directive for minimum energy performance standards for products or the energy labelling regulation. This will be quite a … Continue reading Post-Brexit energy performance standards: to be more ambitious?

Councils across Britain are failing to enforce energy efficiency regulations for rental properties

Fewer than 20 councils in England and Wales have taken any enforcement action against landlords for renting out cold and draughty properties. Madeleine Cuff discusses the problem in an article on the inews website.   Little punishment for landlords flouting energy efficiency rules designed to protect renters Councils are failing to enforce energy efficiency regulations … Continue reading Councils across Britain are failing to enforce energy efficiency regulations for rental properties